Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Codyw2277, Oct 17, 2017.

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  1. Codyw2277

    Codyw2277 In the Brooder

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    Hi I was wondering how easy it is to introduce two flocks of ducklings? Muscovies specifically. The mother isn't around. It's 6 ducklings and I'm getting 3 more. I want to be sure no bullying or fighting will occur due to them being from different flocks. How easy would it be to throw them all together in the same pen? Will they get along fine ?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    How old, will they all be the same age when you get them? It's not a good idea to just toss them into a pen and expect things to go well It's better unless they are very young to pen them side by side and let them live that way for a while maybe no longer than a week so they get use to each other. If they are very young 5 weeks and under they most likely still need to be kept warm.
     
  3. Codyw2277

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    They're all around the same age. Mine are about 3 months and so are the others. Mine get along perfectly fine, but they've been together since birth lol.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    Best to let them live separately and get to know each other through fencing then once they have been side by side for 3-5 days let them out on common ground with nice treats tossed on the ground, at 3 months they may just meld right into each other but most of the time newbies are considered outsiders and need a bit of time to be accepted into the flock.

    You could place the newbies in a very large dog crate so they can sleep inside same house with your scovy's and just fence off a bit of pen for daytime meeting and greating.
     
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  5. Codyw2277

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    Alright thank you. I have a pretty big open wired dog crate I can use and some left over fencing somewhere.
     
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    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Yeah.....Here Ducks are Ducklings till 8 weeks and then called Ducks.....They will need separation for a few days and then try introducing as they free range...Ducks are not as mean as chickens so it usually goes good...A bit of neck tying and stuff but usually goes okay....How many Drakes?
     
  7. Codyw2277

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    So introduce them outside of the pen? And I'm honestly not sure. This I my first time raising ducklings. From what I know, I have one female so far. She's the smallest and had a rounded tail. I've been told that rounded tails mean female and straight tails mean male in most cases
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    Use the dog crate to first introduce and see how it goes. You'll get a feeling for how things are going by the way your ducklings act. If they seem curious try letting your new ones out only thing is not to free range your new ones right off because Muscovy's are good fliers and you may loose a few if they get picked on and fly off. So best to keep them penned for a week at least till they learn they are home. If you can post some pics we maybe able to help you on sex.
     
  9. Codyw2277

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    These are all of my current ones
     

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    If you need more pictures I can take more later
     

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