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When to put Muscovy baby duck with big ducks and chickens

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one of my chickens hatched a Muscovy duck. I took the duck and have been taking care of it away from the flock. My muscovys seem to get along well enough with the chickens. The baby duck is about 5 weeks old now and I've gradually had it outside with everyone. The Muscovy mother is broody now and laying on eggs, and if the baby duck goes near she bites him. The father duck doesn't seem to mind him. But the chickens aren't very friendly. When should I start integrating the baby duck into our coop? [IMG]
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one of my chickens hatched a Muscovy duck. I took the duck and have been taking care of it away from the flock. My muscovys seem to get along well enough with the chickens. The baby duck is about 5 weeks old now and I've gradually had it outside with everyone. The Muscovy mother is broody now and laying on eggs, and if the baby duck goes near she bites him. The father duck doesn't seem to mind him. But the chickens aren't very friendly. When should I start integrating the baby duck into our coop? [IMG]

@michelle22  This always bothers me when someone asks this question because last year a member tired introducing their Muscovy ducklings around the same age in with their chickens the chickens ended up pecking quite a few to death and injuring the rest . I would keep my ducks and chickens separate and i do. Chickens can be brutal especially to young ducklings. Your duckling is adorable. Keep this duckling close to all of them during the day but not sleeping with them enclosed where it has no chance of getting away. You could place a dog crate or make a fenced area inside your coop for your duckling. too keep the flock from messing with him/her.  of course the mama duck doesn't recognize her duckling your chicken hatched it not her. Imprinting begins at hatch.and before for the mama while she is brooding. .


Edited by Miss Lydia - 8/19/15 at 5:50pm

 Western N.C ~ 21 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

God you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe. 

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 Western N.C ~ 21 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

God you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe. 

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I agree chickens are brutal, but muscovy hens are worse however, when they dont like something they will fight it and try to make it submissive. I would keep them separate maybe even get the little guy/girl a friend.

 

If you raised the baby with chicks however it could possibly work. 

I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I just thought I'd let everyone know I integrated the Muscovy at that time, as well as another Muscovy and baby chicken later on and earlier than the first. All of them were fine. No one tried to hurt anyone. Nothing bad happened. And all are well.
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I just thought I'd let everyone know I integrated the Muscovy at that time, as well as another Muscovy and baby chicken later on and earlier than the first. All of them were fine. No one tried to hurt anyone. Nothing bad happened. And all are well.

Awesome news!!

 Western N.C ~ 21 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

God you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe. 

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 Western N.C ~ 21 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

God you are my refuge. I trust in you and I am safe. 

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That's great I'm so happy it worked out for u XD
I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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I love my muscovies!!! Wood ,Wood ( yes two ducks named Wood), Shell, Flo, Black cap, Trumps, Mute, Egyptian, Indie, Silver, Spur, Salty, Gaddy, NeNe, Widge, Swiss, Mist, Eider, Comb, Leo, Frost, Eos, Fawn, Orchid, Goldy, Tulip, and Pine
Mandarins: Sky and Ember

In memory:
Marble, Lil bit, Europe, Mask, April, Buffy, Marigold, Canvas, Rosey, Mallard, Farm, Crest, Smew, and Celeste
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