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Big Goslings Little Ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MysticalMom, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I KNOW I insisted I wouldn't EVER brood anymore ducks, but you all knew I was full of it! [​IMG] I'm not getting anymore this year, but my brain is already thinking ahead to the spring....

    And of course I have a question...

    I'll be getting some Indian Runners and some Toulouse Geese from Metzers. Can I brood them together or will the size difference be too much?
     
  2. katharinad

    katharinad Overrun with chickens

    I would brood them together.
     
  3. sayyadina

    sayyadina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had 6 welsh harlequins & 10 runners with a female Toulouse & female African goslings this year. The Toulouse loved the ducklings & would act as a surrogate mother to them, but the African was a little aggressive. I put her in a separate section of the brooder until the ducklings had grown up. By the time they were all 4 weeks old, the ducklings were big enough & now both geese love them.
     
  4. 1-duckling

    1-duckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just did the same thing this year. The runners and Toulouse got along just fine. The geese were one week younger than the runners and they grew up just fine together.
     
  5. LittleSquidgenHome

    LittleSquidgenHome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I brooded Muscovy and Ancona ducklings with my Embden and American Buff gosslings and had no problems. I just had to make sure there was enough room and food for everyone and of course change bedding super often, but I didnt have any bullying or picking. I say go for it.
     
  6. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yay! I'm so glad to know that! Now I REALLY can't wait until spring. I've wanted runners ever since I first saw them and knew I'd get them sooner or later, and these will be my first geese. My only other experience with geese are with the mean ones that used to chase me home from the bus stop when I was a kid. [​IMG]
     
  7. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    P.S.......and these will be the last ducks/geese I buy..... I swear.. I swear.. I swear! [​IMG]
     
  8. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good luck [​IMG]
     
  9. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I loved having the Toulouse geese mixed in with the runners. One of them is still with us and he is quite an effective guardian for the little flock. He takes great care of them.
     

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