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heat light in the winter?

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« on: October 23, 2009, 01:11:33 pm »

I am here in the Central Valley of California. I was told not to let them bathe if it is cold(around 50 or less) and to give them a regular light bulb for heat in the winter if it is foggy, due to the moisture making them colder. Is this info Right, or are they ok to bathe if they want and do they really need a heat lamp? I want to do what is best for them, but I don't want them to lay and set clutches over the winter, which I understand can happen if they get more light in the winter. 4 (2 show/meat and 2 smaller utility)of my ducks were raised here, but 2 are( feral rescue ducks) from SC. They are in an old chicken coop (basically nesting shelf open to the run, but solid wood and facing along the wind rather thatn into it) with an attached run and a portable pen, all covered by a heavy tarp to keep out rain. We also have solid sides(plywood) at the end which gets year round wind. Should this be enough or do we need to do more for them to be safe and comfortable?
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