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post #1 of 6
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I have:
6 khaki cambells
5 Red Productions
5 Black Sex linked
5 Plymouth Rocks
5 Red Rangers
5 Rhode Island reds

The question is there all 4 weeks old coming this Wednesday and the chickens have feathered out but the ducks are still kinda fuzzy. They have grown ALOT bigger then beforeand I feel they would be fine but should I wait longer for ducks then chickens? I feel fine and comfortable with the chickens it will be in the 50°-60° for the next 2 weeks but the ducks I'm not so sure about. This is my first go around should I wait longer for ducks in the brooder or will they be fine? They have gotten some small feathers and there tail feathers have grown but there wings and necks are still kinda fuzzy.
post #2 of 6

This link may help

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=age+to+move+ducks+to+coop

 

All the best 

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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post #3 of 6
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Thanks for the reply what I'm looking at is possibly moving the chickens in now and the ducks in the coop at 6 weeks. Although they do cuddle with the chickens but I think once the chickens get in the coop the will Roost higher then the ducks so they will be on there own so I may keep them in for an extra week (5weeks) and see how that goes. I didn't realize when I started that ducks take longer to feather in then chickens
post #4 of 6

You are welcome. Sometimes, chicks take a while to begin to roost, but you make a good point. Since its still likely to be a bit nippy, you may wish to consider acclimatising your chicks to the outdoors now, in preparation for moving to the coop. This link should help guide you.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=acclimatising+chicks+from+brooder+to+coop

 

Good luck

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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post #5 of 6

Can depend on how warm you've kept them in the house...and the difference of the ambient temps between the brooder and the coop.

Ducks may be different, never had them myself, but this is what I do with chicks:

 

Make them a 'huddle box', put it in the brooder after turning off the heat(you might have to 'persuade' them to use it) then move it out to the coop with them.

Cardboard box with a bottom a little bigger than what they need to cuddle next to each other without piling and tall enough for them to stand in.

Cut an opening on one side a couple inches from bottom and big enough for 2-3 of them to go thru at once.

Fill the bottom with some pine shavings an inch or so deep.

This will give them a cozy place to sleep/rest, block any drafts and help hold their body heat in.


Edited by aart - 4/12/16 at 6:02am

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
I love your idea thank you so much. I think that will work out very well
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