Ducklings arriving next week-can I have a broody chicken sit with them?

petesgirl

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I have 10 runners arriving soon. I was wondering if I could keep my bantam frizzle with them to keep them warm instead of a heat lamp. They will all be inside and it is not cold here yet. Will this be bad if the ducklings think frizzle is momma, or is it ok?
 

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I have 10 runners arriving soon. I was wondering if I could keep my bantam frizzle with them to keep them warm instead of a heat lamp. They will all be inside and it is not cold here yet. Will this be bad if the ducklings think frizzle is momma, or is it ok?

I doubt your bantam frizzle will even want to keep them warm. Mine would probably run for her life if I put her with ducklings unless she hatched them herself. Best to use a heat lamp. Also a chicken even a bantam one could hurt very young ducklings. Some info on caring for ducklings. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
 
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petesgirl

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Thank you!
My frizzle seems to be out of her broody mood now so she probably wouldn't be a good mom. I always worry about heat lamps being too hot or causing a fire, even though I have never had anything bad happen with them. I am so excited! Getting their new home set up this weekend.
 

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Thank you!
My frizzle seems to be out of her broody mood now so she probably wouldn't be a good mom. I always worry about heat lamps being too hot or causing a fire, even though I have never had anything bad happen with them. I am so excited! Getting their new home set up this weekend.
Be sure to post pics. and make sure you have a digital thermometer to keep track of temps in brooder. make sure heat lamp is secured well. I bought a couple of really nice heat lamps from Premier 1 I really like them.
 

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