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Can one duckling be raised with chicks?

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We were looking to get some more chicks and possibly a duckling this spring, my question is this- can one duckling be raised with chicks, or will it get lonely?hmm.png
Suburban owner of one Barred Rock and one Production Red, with more chicks and ducklings to come!
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Suburban owner of one Barred Rock and one Production Red, with more chicks and ducklings to come!
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Pending input from a duck expert i would say that as they are social birds, they need some of their own kind. 

 

Here's a search i just did on raising them together

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=raising+ducklings+and+chicks+together

 

Cheers

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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They could be raised together if done carefully, but the duckling would be happier with another duckling friend.

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Yes they can but they  make a big mess with the water all the time.  I do think a duck would be happier tho with their own kind.  You might have the problem to if you get a male duck he would try and mate with your chickens.  A male duck can kill a hen if he mates with her.  

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