baby turkey hatched with 2 ducks, can we brood together..they are buddies :0


In the Brooder
7 Years
Sep 24, 2012
They were born 3 days ago, they turkey kept peeping. He was lonesome. We put the ducks in with him and they snuggled together. We bought a water dish with a tiny edge so they cannot get wet, it is for baby quail. The edge is about 1/2 inch of water showing. They are eating and drinking fine. I read where it is a bad idea due to the wetness ducks produce. If I take the turkey out I know he will cry. They were all in the same incubator, all put in on the same day and all hatched the same day. Any suggestions...if I should remove him and buy him a buddy, buy him a stuffed animal?? This method worked when we had a lone duck hatch last year. We have never had a turkey hatch..he is half chocolate half rio grande. Any help.
We are feeding purina flock the ducks do not get medicated and it says for turkeys too.
thank you


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
I would try them together if they have enough space and the water container is appropriate so the ducks can't make a mess.
You could try a setup like this.


8 Years
Jun 10, 2014
Tennessee Ya'll
I am definitely not an expert but when I got my "mixed assortment" of birds I brooded everyone together. Chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese went into the same box. Once they got a little older the ducks would make a huge mess with the water and I had to clean the litter daily. Elevating the water dish and using one that they couldn't manage to squeeze into also helped but it was definitely messy and made me not love ducklings as much LOL My brooding area is 4' x 4' and it gave the non water babies plenty of room to get away from the wetness.

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