Duck keeping over Winter??????

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Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby dunnitrees » Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:28 am

Hiya Guys,

At the moment here in the UK i bed the ducks (Runners, Campbell's and Aylesbury) down with wood-chip and there house is insulated but i'm just wondering how you guys adjust for the colder nights and obviously when we get into the depths of winter the really cold days and nights? We live at a height of 320m and the temperature does get down to about -15 in the middle of January (our winter). Do the ducks cope ok with the colder weather and have guys any good tips for keeping our lovely ducks happy and warm?

Many Thanks

Robert.......
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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby dorsetduckowner » Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:45 am

Hi Robert :)

I usually just make sure they have lots of deep straw in the winter and just check there are no draughts in their house.
During the day mine tend to be fine with snow, it's the cold winds they really don't like, so somewhere to get out of the wind is essential. They have the very best down jackets money can buy, so do well in the cold. They can sometimes get stuck to the ice if they get wet when it's snowy, so just keep an eye on them.
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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby dunnitrees » Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:21 pm

Cheers, that makes me feel much better.... Thanks for the heads up....
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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby dorsetduckowner » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:19 am

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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby crewy05 » Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:42 pm

My ducks are fine in the cold, but as mentioned its the cold winds they don't like. I have in the past cleared snow from the patio and put straw down where they like to sit out of the wind only for the ducks to prefer sitting in the snow and letting it melt underneath them. The silly things then get up and sit on fresh thick snow afterwards. I usually put a drop of warm boiled water in the drinking bowl for them, probably mix it at a ratio of 1.5/5 and they do enjoy that. 1 other thing i do its give them a little bit more wheat and corn in the winter to help fatten them up a bit.
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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby Marigold » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:15 pm

Hi Rahim, and welcome to the Forum.
Whilst we will all be interested in what you tell us about keeping your ducks, I have deleted the commercial links you posted at the bottom of your message. If you read the Welcome and Forum Rules at the top of the Board Index, you'll see that we don't allow new members to post links until they've made a substantial number of posts (50) and even then we like the links to be relevant to poultry keeping and to the subject under discussion. Neither of these aspects applied to the links you posted.
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Re: Duck keeping over Winter??????

Postby dorsetduckowner » Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:30 am

Welcome Rahim :)

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