In the Brooder
- May 5, 2015
I am new to ducklings! I have two ducklings (welsh harlequin and blue Swedish) arriving this week. I have 12 chickens that were occupying the brooder, ten have moved outdoors full time and are doing fine. The issue is, my barred rock and ayam cemani chicks have been slower to develop and feather out than the others and are not ready to be moved out of the brooder yet. The ayam cemani in particular is still quite small and barely feathered at all (hatched July 2). Can ducklings and chicks be brooded together safely? I understand ducklings are quite messy, which I am prepared for, I just wasn't expecting there to be any crossover in the brooder- I was planning on all 12 chicks to be moved outdoors by now. Anyone with experience brooding both together, any advice or tips would be much appreciated! Thanks.