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How do those of you that have ducks prepare them for the winter? I have been under the impression that they always need water nearby and I have a bucket of water in with them that they apparently like to dunk their heads in. Do they handle winter as well as the chickens do? The chickens have done well the last few years outside in the coop with the water changed regularly but if the ducks need water to splash around in I'll have to rig something up to keep it defrosted. I don't have power out to the animals because I worry about fire as the coops and rabbit colony are basically tinder boxes of wood and straw under some giant pine trees that run up alongside the house. One spark and... boom, no house.
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This site has a pretty good thread about this topic.
https://permies.com/t/69813/critters/Du ... cks-winter
I googled do muscovy ducks lay eggs in winter and there is a ton of information. Too much for me to sift through tonight, but this site looks worth visiting:
http://theselfsufficientgardener.com/mu ... sive-guide
Hope you'll post about your Muscovies from time to time. I think they tend to be a much overlooked bird for homesteaders.
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