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can I put baby ducks in brooder with 8 day old chicks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by carriehelene, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. carriehelene

    carriehelene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My TSC has baby ducks in, if I pick some up, can I put them in the same brooder as my 8 day old chicks I got from Meyers?


    Another question, do they need a seperate coop and run from the chickens when they get bigger?
     
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  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know some people successfully brood chicks and ducks together, but I don't. My ducklings have always made a hellatious mess, and my chicks have always been much neater. I brood my ducklings in my hall bathroom tub, and my chicks in Rubbermaid tub brooders.

    I also house them separately when they get older, but honestly, I have a pair of year old Pekins temporarily housed with the chickens (while the new and improved duck house is being built) and the mess is not as bad as I thought it would be. It might be because it's only two ducks and 12 chickens in an amply sized coop, or it might be just these two ducks aren't as messy at night as ducks usually are. I don't know.

    So while a month ago I would have said I'd never house grown chickens and ducks together, I think in certain circumstances it can work-- you never know.
     
  4. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used to keep about 50 chickens and 100 muscovy ducks in a large hen house built for 250. The chickens claimed one end of the house and the ducks the other We did not keep either roosters nor drakes in this in this house. They had their own seperate breeding pens so we could control the reproduction. When we let the ladies out in the morning the chicken flock went one way and the ducks headed for the pool. Very little trouble unless one got confused and headed for the wrong end of the house...
     
  5. carriehelene

    carriehelene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well, while this is good to know for the future, it turned out to be a moot question, they were all sold out of ducks! [​IMG] What I think I might do is order ducks online to be delivered in about 5-6 weeks, then they can have the brooder to themselves, cuz the chickens will be out in their coop then. Thanks for the answers everyone, really appreciate it.
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  7. Jazzymond573

    Jazzymond573 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Gosh, I sure hope that dosent happen to me, Id be balling my eyes out![​IMG]
     
  8. obsessed

    obsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put my ducks in with two week old chick and it was disgusting. All the water and stuff no good.
     
  9. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    i have never had a problem brooding them together, I never lost a chick during it either.
    Sorry about them being sold out I went the first day they got them in and got mine. I put them with my 3 day old polish and all is well.
     

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