This winter, a critter of some sort got in my coop and killed all but one bird in my 3 year old flock. We've been planning to repopulate with baby chicks this spring and thought it might be fun to throw some ducks in the mix. Currently, I have the single 3 year old Buff Orpington alone in the coop, 8 chicks (just picked up from the store today) in the brooder, and 4 ducks scheduled to ship from the hatchery in about 10 days. I'd know that 8 weeks is the sweet spot for integrating young birds into an existing flock, but I wonder if this is necessary since the existing flock is only 1 bird. Also, I'm curious if the 10 day age difference between the chickens and ducks will prevent me from keeping them in the same brooder. I'd love to hear any advice any of you could offer. Thanks in advance!!