How much cold can ducklings take?
We have two young mallards that are two months old and fully feathered. We also have Welsh Harlequin and Cayuga babies that are 28 days old and are just beginning to grow adult feathers on their shoulders. There's 11 of them. I took the heat lamp away and put them outside in their new duck house a few days ago, and everyone seems happy. Unfortunately a cold snap is predicted,with tommorrow night's low forecast at 34F. Today I put a cardboard box in their house. I sealed it up, cut a door, and filled it with straw. Will that be enough? Of course they pile on each other to share warmth. My husband, who's not crazy about this whole duck project anyway, really doesn't want them back in the house. Can anyone offer some helpful advice?