ducks and chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emjay, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. emjay

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    I plan on putting chick and duck eggs in my bator, and if I have success. Obviously will need a brooder or two.

    I didn't want to look through 148 pages of brooder ideas, but, am curious what otehrs have done when hatching ducks and chicks at the same time for brooder ideas. I'd like ultimately to have them side by side to utilize one heat lamp, so am looking for brooder pen ideas.
     
  2. purelypoultry

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    several here have had fantastic success with using rubbermaid style plastic totes as brooders.
     
  3. StormyMoon

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    in exactly 9 days i will have I hope 42 chicks they will go in the plastic storage boxes I use as a brooder until they feather out then out to the coop in their big brooder till they are big enough to free range. Plastic storage boxes are cheap and easy to clean out when your done.
     
  4. aussieheelr

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    Quote:Especially with ducks. They make such a mess that plastic is really the only way to go. I will say, I made a waterer for my ducks out of a used milk jug (there was a thread in the duck section a while back) that showed this. Worked really well [​IMG] Ducks are fun, not to mention their eggs make the BEST angel food cake ever.
     
  5. StormyMoon

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    Quote:Especially with ducks. They make such a mess that plastic is really the only way to go. I will say, I made a waterer for my ducks out of a used milk jug (there was a thread in the duck section a while back) that showed this. Worked really well [​IMG] Ducks are fun, not to mention their eggs make the BEST angel food cake ever.

    We use milk jugs too, hang them up on the sides , ducks are fun to have I want 4 more mine is all grown up now.
     
  6. emjay

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    would be interested to see the milk jug contraption.

    my question really is, building a brooder to keep ducks and chicks seperate, but utilizing same heat lamp. as I've read ducklings are super messy and don't want to make chicks more soaked then they need to be
     
  7. StormyMoon

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    Quote:Hmm that could be difficult to do but not impossible I suppose , ducklings can be messy with their water even if the water is up a bit they still find ways of spitting it out into their food and making it a soggy mess. What we do with the jug is cut the front part down leaving the handle intact tie a string around the handle and let it hang. Make sure you open it wide enough for their head to get in and out of it.
     

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