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Can I brood ducklings, Largefowl, and bantams together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NCBantam22, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. NCBantam22

    NCBantam22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2013
    I am thinking about getting some ducklings, layers, and Silkie chicks this coming up spring would this work in a 8'x3' brooder? Also what breeds of layers and ducklings should I get?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I will never brood ducklings and chickens together again. The ducklings are just plain messy and like to try to keep everything wet, this causes stink and illness in the chicks. I'd strongly advise brooding them separate.

    Large fowl and bantam chickens are fine together.
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Ducks and chickens brooded together? no, i wouldn't. I tried it for like i think less than 2wks and just about pulled my hair out lol It was my daughters silkies and my two buff orpington ducks.. the chicks pecked at the ducks, the ducks flooded the brooder... no, i shudder even thinking about it [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013
  4. PineShavings

    PineShavings Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 2, 2013
    Ducklings should be kept separate, their natural instinct is to splash in the feeding water and that will get the bedding all wet.

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