can i raise chicks and ducklings together in a brooder

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tinamommy727, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 In the Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    I just got my chicks today and we picked up ducklings can I raise them together in the brooded?

  2. Stuck in the Coop

    Stuck in the Coop Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    North Central, MO
    I asked this same question elsewhere lately. I was told they can be together for a couple days then the ducklings need a separate brooder. They are messy with water and make everything wet which is unhealthy for the chicks.

    One super tip I got was to place the ducks water and feed on wire (perhaps a small box with a wire top) with a tray under the water to catch splashes. They also suggested using outdoor carpeting instead of wood chips. If you had two pieces they could be alternated to allow one to dry. I plan to use both these ideas in my brooder.

    Good Luck!
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    What Candice said. The baby ducks are horrifically messy with the water and that makes things rough for the baby chicks. I'd brood them seperate. I do keep my ducks and chickens together in the coop.

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