Ducklings + Goslings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wild Hair, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. Wild Hair

    Wild Hair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 13 runner ducklings arrived a week ago and I have a pair of day-old goslings arriving in the morning(fingers crossed).

    What are the odds my ducklings won't take a liking to the new members of the flock? Should I have another brooder set up just in case? I've been thinking about it and would hate for something to happen to the new little ones. But I don't have another heat lamp and I'm sure they'll arrive too early to get one. Any advice for mixed brooding would be great, thank you.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    You'll probably be fine. Your goslings will probably arrive the size of your week old ducklings and might even be bigger than them depending on what breed you have coming, so the ducklings won't be able to bully them using their size. I'd just keep an eye on them and make sure there's no bullying happening but you'll probably be fine. I've brooded goslings and ducklings together before and they do well together :)

    You may want to have another brooder set up in case things go south, but it'll probably be okay.
     
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  3. Wild Hair

    Wild Hair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buff Africans from Johnson's Waterfowl :)
     
  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Yep, Africans are big. Don't be surprised if they're bigger than your ducklings when they arrive :)
     
  5. Wild Hair

    Wild Hair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't wait!
     
  6. Wild Hair

    Wild Hair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well our ducklings weren't very nice to their new brother and sister. We've got the geese in a separate brooder for now where the taller of the ducklings can see them. Maybe they'll get used to them while their still small and won't try anything when they grow up.
     
  7. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you could try letting all of them swim together in the tub. They will be distracted by the fun of swimming and start to see each other as part of the same flock. Then put them all back in the brooder at the same time (after you dry them off a bit of course). I've never done anything like this but it couldn't hurt to try.

    Also, please post some pictures of your new babies. I'd love to see some.
     
  8. Wild Hair

    Wild Hair Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was about to ask about bath time. I'll try this for tonight for sure! Thanks!

    EDIT: I'll upload pics when I get off work tonight. For some reason it won't let me upload the images my wife messaged me.
     
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  9. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Aww, too bad they didn't get along :( Yes, do post some pictures for us!
     
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