Ive had six hens for almost two years and they are doing smashingly, one of which I got at 4 weeks old and raised in the house.
My neighbor works with me and loves my chickens and eggs. Some of our coworkers got ducks or have had ducks as pets, so she wanted one too. So we went to the feed store and even though I had hoped to find day old ducks and 4 week old chicks, that didn't happen. Everyone was born on the same day 3/20. Most of it has gone as planned, they have all bonded with each other, as I was hoping to introduce them to my current coop and build a shallow ramp for the duck, after explaining to my neighbor the true horrors of having a full blown house duck.
They are Ideal Hatchery birds, a pullet barred rock, an Ideal 257 or some such, she is supposed to lay white eggs, and my best friend wont eat the brown ones, and a straight run Mallard.
I have them in a 55 gal tote with a chick waterer and rabbit hopper feeder, I've been keeping the house at 85 so only a 60 watt light bulb.
My problems are: THE CHICKS ARE EVERYWHERE, they are even hopping out of the bin, which I didnt know those little legs could do, is that normal for there age?
And I told my neighbor that she needed to be walking the duck every day, but she mostly takes it for swims in the livestock feeder outside. I finally just let them all run around the house because they are so excitable and the duck is only taking a few steps at a time, when it walks it seems to do ok but I'm concerned about spraddle leg or weak legs in general.
Everything ok here or is my broader just not big enough?
They are a sight though, they are running around and playing and flapping there wings.
Since ducks grow so much faster then chicks, will I need to separate them at some point? Or will a larger enclosure do? Once the duck is fully feathered will I be able to trust him around my pullets since they are bonded?
Any other issues I may need to address?
Edited by Strange_Screams - 4/5/12 at 12:51am