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5 Top Tips for Keeping Ducks In Winter

5 Top Tips for Keeping Ducks  In Winter

One of the most frequent questions I get asked at this time of year is how to keep ducks in winter, closely followed by how to keep ducks warm in winter, well as winter rolls in, here's my advice for both keeping ducks in winter, and how (or indeed if) you need to keep your ducks warm in winter. The cold weather can be tough, with frosty days and the chance we might need to keep our ducks cooped up to stay safe from bird flu. Now's when our ducks need us most, to make sure they're as snug and healthy as can be. Here are 5 Top Tips for Looking After Your Ducks In Winter

1. Cosy Quarters

With the mercury dipping, it's crucial to offer your ducks a warm haven. Insulate their abode with a generous layer of straw or shavings, keeping the cold at bay. Anticipate the possibility of 'flockdown' by preparing a sheltered space or indoor area. Even a windbreak is useful to shelter from the biting wind, although, of course, a covered run is better, as this not only provides warmth but also serves as a safeguard against disease. Early preparation is key, ensuring your ducks are well-protected against sudden weather changes or health regulations. 

2. Water Wisdom

Ducks need access to water, not just for hydration but also for maintaining their feather health. Prevent their water from icing over with a heater or by refreshing it frequently. This is especially important in winter when ducks rely on their plumage for insulation. Ensuring a constant supply of clean water is critical for their wellbeing during the cold months.

3. Nutritious Diet

As the cold sets in, ducks require a diet rich in calories to stay warm. Introduce grains like corn into their feed to help them generate body heat. Balance this with their usual diet to ensure they receive all necessary nutrients. Monitor their food consumption closely; a well-nourished duck is better equipped to withstand the cold.

4.Flock Health Check

Vigilance in monitoring your ducks' health is vital during winter. Be on the lookout for any signs of distress or illness, such as lethargy or a drop in appetite. Early detection and veterinary advice are crucial, particularly if 'flockdown' measures confine your ducks to closer quarters, increasing the risk of disease transmission due to being enclosed together. 

5.Exercise and Entertainment

Ducks remain active throughout the year and require stimulation, even more so during winter. If they're housed in a covered run, provide toys and foraging opportunities to keep them engaged. This helps prevent boredom and stress, contributing to their overall health and happiness. 

Summary 

These top tips will help you navigate the winter months, ensuring your ducks stay fit and content. And as we look towards the warmer days of spring, consider expanding your flock. Our selection of ducks, are available in Spring 2024, where we will have khaki Campbell, Cayuga, Ayelsbury, and Miniature Silver Appleyard hatching eggs and duckling availble to buy.