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Hey guys, need a little help/advice. We have chickens and Muscovy ducks, and just this morning one of our Muscovy duck eggs finally hatched. Our chickens and ducks live in the same coupe together. They free range but use the same coupe. My question is can I leave the duckling with the mother or should I it out and feed and water it myself. This is the first time we've had a duckling so we don't really know what to do. I just don't want one of the chickens doing something to it. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Hey guys, need a little help/advice. We have chickens and Muscovy ducks, and just this morning one of our Muscovy duck eggs finally hatched. Our chickens and ducks live in the same coupe together. They free range but use the same coupe. My question is can I leave the duckling with the mother or should I it out and feed and water it myself. This is the first time we've had a duckling so we don't really know what to do. I just don't want one of the chickens doing something to it. Thanks in advance for the help.

@zMatt I'd find mama and duckling a little corner off to themselves chickens can be nasty and the little duckling could wander to far from mama. I keep my moms and duck's/chicks separated from everyone for at least 2-3 weeks buy then everyone has seen the new members of the flock and the lil new member can better stay away from someone wanting to pick at it.

 

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Edited by Miss Lydia - 3/31/16 at 1:22pm

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 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..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 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..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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Thanks for the help. I put mamma and her duckling in a good sized kennel with everything they'll need for now to keep them separate until I come up with something better.
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Thanks for the help. I put mamma and her duckling in a good sized kennel with everything they'll need for now to keep them separate until I come up with something better.

:thumbsup   sure is better than heartbreak.  Let us know how they are doing.Pics too. 


Edited by Miss Lydia - 3/31/16 at 2:53pm

 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 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..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 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..

 

The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God ~C.S.Lewis~

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Mamma DID NOT like the kennel idea, I had to separate them for now. It's inside with us for now, until I can figure out a long term solution. The mom keeps wanting to go to her area of the coop to lay and is very stubborn. How much heat would this little guy need? Could I put a small light bulb above it? I have an actual heat lamp, but I think it would get way to hot.
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