About a year ago, i asked my parents to buy me ducklings. So one day my mom said to me as we were in a store that sold ducks, and she told me to call my dad and ask him. but he said no. A few weeks later he showed up with chickens for me. And of course, i later bought some more chickens, so now i have 4. I live in the north east U.S. so i have snow in the winter, but my chickens are kept warm and they even still lay eggs in the winter. Anyways, i want ducklings again now. I know i could take care of them, and i have done a lot of research. When i was younger i had ducks too, but at that time i was just a kid and... well one duck flew away and the other had to be given away because it was lonely. So, i know i could easily buy ducklings at a local store, but do i really want them? My dad said i could buy adult ducks.... the only problem is i cant find any to buy.... So i know i could easily convince him to let me get ducklings. when i was a kid i got my ducklings when they were just a day old! But now i have 4 dogs, and i go to school for most of the day. Would ducklings need me to be with them all day? and will everything be fine adding them with chickens? When i added my 2 new chickens to the flock, i watched in horror as the older chickens attacked the new ones!!! But ducks dont have beaks to help protect themselves :( will i have to wait until the ducks are fully grown to add them with my chickens? any information about ducks v chickens would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks for any help.
Should I get ducklings?
Well my opinion is getting ducklings and raising them young
they will be tame and not that kiddish
you do not have to be with them 24/7 just make sure there is multiple ducklings so the one wont get lonley
and do not add them with the chickens that young that will be pecked to death
just keep them in a brooder under a shelter or inside with a heat lamp to keep them warm
supervise them when they are young and they start swimming because they can drown
There are many websites and probably some threads about integrating new animals in to a flock and about keeping chickens and ducks together
if you have anymore questions just ask
You wouldn't have to be with the ducks 24/7 (though it might be tempting to do so). When we put our duck in with our chickens the chickens went after her, and we had to take her out. I'd definetly wait until the ducks are grown before trying to introduce them to chickens.
Cool! If you can post a picture we might be able to tell you the breed.