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Ducklings with Chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jeremy, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Has anybody raised chicks in the same brooder with ducklings before? Are there pros/cons? Or should this be avoided altogether?

    Just thought I'd ask.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 10, 2010

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've seen it done, but for me, ducklings are just toooo messy to be with chicken chicks.
  3. clarkai

    clarkai In the Brooder

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somewhere around Lacey
    Done it, not a good idea. The ducklings get water everywhere, and make it too wet and messy for the chicks.
  4. protodon

    protodon Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    I've done it with either more chicks or equal numbers of chicks and ducklings and never more than 4 ducklings at a time. The ducks are messier but they will be messy whether you have chicks with them or not. You're going to have to keep up on litter changes either way. As long as they are the same age, there really shouldn't be any problem.

    I've even raised one lone duckling with about 20 BW quail. None of it's siblings hatched and I couldn't raise it alone. It actually worked out really well when I moved them to an outside pen. The duckling kept the quail warmer than they would've been without one in there.
  5. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Hm, seems like it's be more work than it's worth to house them in a single brooder.

    I'm getting Khaki Campbells, by the way. [​IMG]
  6. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    I'm doing it right now with 1 duckling and 12 chicks (more chicks hatching today! [​IMG]) I just moved the largest chicks to a 'big boy brooder' and the duck will stay with them.....mucking the whole place up....till I can hatch him a friend. At that point they'll get their own brooder. Ducks are VERY messy. I recommend something with a rubber/plastic or coated bottom.
  7. 4boysmama

    4boysmama In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    NE Indiana
    I had a single turkey in with ducklings and I ended up having to take him out after only an hour. The ducks had nibbled at the turkey so much, that the turkey was SOAKING WET. It was chilly weather and the turkey had to be taken back in the house to get warmed again. Ducks are crazy! [​IMG]

  8. Julie08

    Julie08 Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    Mine get along quite swimmingly together!

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