Indeutok or how to call it Musky, originally from South America. Therefore, it is easy to guess that the bird is thermophilic and does not quite tolerate our harsh winters. Consider the content of indoutok in winter in more detail.
Muscovy duck first appeared in our country in the early 80s of the last century and very quickly won the universal love of amateur poultry farmers. Firstly, the low outflow is very calm and, unlike other species of its waterfowl relatives, it rarely screams at all. Secondly, it is not gluttonous and very beneficial in its content, it gives tasty dietary meat.
The maintenance of indoutok at home is simple and not expensive, but, unfortunately, the bird does not tolerate the winter cold. In an unheated room, they freeze the legs, coral on the head, get sick and often die from it. So, the most important rule for their maintenance in winter is a warm dry room. Especially great attention should be paid to the litter, since the paws are the most vulnerable spot of the bird.
The legs of the Indo-ducks are practically devoid of fat, have a very wide grid of blood vessels and are not protected by feathers, and therefore are very sensitive to cold. Frozen limbs of birds resemble plastic and do not move. With such symptoms of frostbite, the bird most often dies. Therefore, indoutok can not be allowed to walk on the ice, snow, and even more so on the water. In the open-air cage for walking it is necessary to lay a protective layer of straw litter or sawdust.
Those who have been holding an indoutok for more than a year, know that the main condition for a successful wintering of a bird is a warm and heated shed. From the outset, you need to take care of its dryness, especially on the floor. The warmest floor is wooden, but this material is short-lived. If you decide to use this natural material, then it should be lifted 10-12 centimeters from the ground and only then lay the boards. It is desirable for more warming from above to cover a tree with any material, convenient for cleaning, for example, linoleum. Concrete floor is durable and hygienic, but without a proper layer of bedding is cold.
If the winter temperature in your area falls below -5 degrees, the room for ducks should be heated. To do this, you can put a stove, stove, or hang up special heating lamps. To provide heat to the paws, provide a slight elevation. Birds love to sit on different ledges, for example, you can put a log or wooden boxes.
Additionally, fir branches will help to warm the walls and floor of the house. In addition, they create a favorable atmosphere in the room and even disinfect the air.
Of course, like any other poultry, a cold can not spend the whole winter only in one room. They should also walk, breathe air and get vitamin D in sunny weather. For this, it is advisable to build a small cage with a roof on the south side of the house. Since these birds fly well, the height of the fence is not less than 2 meters.
The entire surface of the fence must first be cleared of snow or frost, and then covered with straw or sawdust (shavings). Next put the feeder and ash tray. But experts do not advise water to be put on the street, because it can cool too much and cause a cold in birds. A drinker, preferably an automatic one, is best kept indoors in the winter.
As for the winter feed, then, as in other times of the year, the basis and most of the diet of indoutok is grain. The bird loves oats, wheat and other cereals. In winter, they help maintain the energy balance of the birds and good muscle mass. As for the rest of the feed, it also makes wet mash with wheat bran, steamed barley, grass chop and grass flour. You can give seasonal vegetables, such as beets, cabbage, carrots. In the rest, the content of indoutok in winter is not much different from the content of chickens or ordinary ducks. Also see the video.