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Ducks Are Quite Cold-Weather Proof So Worry Less
This is due to them being 20% hate and 80% feathers. Which, hopefully, will make you feel better about just how much cold they can comfortably handle. This does not mean that you shouldn’t prepare their duck house or coop for winter to make it as warm as possible. It is just something to help put yourself at ease when you start to wonder if your birds are going to turn into duckcicles overnight.
Using the power of the pond to zone push and gather the heat of sunlight for your duck flock
By adding a pond, even if it’s just several kiddie pools filled with water, around your duck coop, you can harvest heat from the sunlight during the daytime that will then be released during the night to keep the area around the duck coop warmer. As ducks love to bathe throughout the year, despite the cold, having water nearby will be helpful for keeping happy, healthy ducks year round.
Mulching Your Duck Coop Floor For Additional Warmth
Straw is wonderful and all but I find that adding wood chips to the floor of the duck coop makes for a thicker, more sturdy layer to further insulate the duck coop. There is also the added benefit of the wood chip mulch attracting worms, pill bugs, and other unsavory creatures for the ducks to snack on at night.
Layering Your Duck Coop Floor With Sheep Wool or Alpaca Fiber
If you just so happen to be raising these lovely, fiber-producing creatures, or know someone getting rid of some unsuable wool or alpaca fiber, they make excellent bedding for duck coops, though it will have to be refreshed every few days due to ducks’ inability to be potty trained.