Do I need to seperate my babys from adults?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Elfy, May 26, 2008.

  1. Elfy

    Elfy Out Of The Brooder

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    I only have a the mother and father ducks. Mommy is sitting on a nest now, possible due in one -two weeks. Do I need to keep mama and baby away from papa duck or can all them live happly together.

    I know if you have more ducks you need to keep them seperate. Will the papa duck help raise them?
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    The mother duck is the only one that raises the duckings. I always seperate them a couple days before the hatch, because the father duck may kill the ducklings. I would def. seperate them. Good Luck

    What kind of ducks are they, not that it matters, I am curious?
     
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  3. Elfy

    Elfy Out Of The Brooder

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    Mama is a Peking and papa is a Welsh Harliquin. We should have some interesting birds.

    this will be interesting trying to make a seperate area for him.
     
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  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I bet they will be beautiful. I would really seperate them though. I have a double breeding pen, with one cage on one side, a piece of chicken wire in the middle and another cage on the other side. I put my girls in the one side and the drakes on the other side, about 2-3 days before the ducklings are due to hatch.
     
  5. Elfy

    Elfy Out Of The Brooder

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    Our duck house is big but not that big. Size of a large dog house with one door and the roof comes off. What if I take out the babies right after they hatch and raise them seperately then combine them when they are almost full grown.
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That would be fine to do. Just make sure you use NON-medicated feed. I would take them out when they are halfway dry.
     
  7. Elfy

    Elfy Out Of The Brooder

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    We originally raised the Peking from a duckling, I know about the non-medicated feed. Could I introduce the babies when they have their full feathers or sooner? Do I need to worry about papa trying to mate with them?
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    You could probably introduce them when they are 1/3 to 1/2 feathered. But I would watch them and make sure the drake doesnt try to kill the ducklings. When you have ducks, the mother, father, brother and sister ducks will mate with eachother.
     
  9. Elfy

    Elfy Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering about the whole inbreeding thing. I will just have to make a point to collect eggs reguarly. I don't need to be over run the ducks. My husband would kill me.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    lol. I contacted a hatchery about this a while ago, and they said that it is okay to inbreed with chickens, not sure about ducks though. Im sure that if they did hatch they would be fine and not deformed though.
     

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