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When can I get these kids out of my jacuzzi tub?

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Hi! I've been skimming info off this site for about a year and found it so very helpful. I have 4 Swedish Black ducklings that hatched about a month ago and are living in my jacuzzi tub at home because our mix breed chicken incubated them. I'm worried the existing Swedish Black hen, 2 Swedish Blue drakes, 1 mallard drake, 2 Pilgrim Geese boys and 3 Pilgrim Geese girls will hurt them although they ARE growing really fast. The geese and ducks get along now because the geese were goslings and the ducks were adults when we integrated them. The chickens were mean to the ducks AND the goslings so I can't put the new ducklings in the coop. Mama duck didn't hatch them so she has no idea they are her babies. The problem is they're totally outgrowing the tub, making a HUGE mess, and it is getting pretty cold here at night. Bad combo.
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That's an excellent question!  Speaking from experience, it would be best to wait for them to be about 3 months old.  I've mixed ducklings with adults before and the adults got excited and accidentally drowned the ducklings.  This was in a pond.  Your situation may be different but I have observed the ducks and geese getting a bit rowdy.  If they don't drown, injury is the next thing to worry about!

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Can you section off part of your coop for the ducklings in a way where everyone can see each other but the older ones can't get to the ducklings? Then they can all get used to each other but the ducklings are safe.
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