found duckling

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by achake01, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Not sure this counts as an emergency, but someone came to my doorstep with a lost baby duckling.
    I have four week old chicks.
    Can I introduce it to the brood? Can chicks and ducklings co-exist?
    Any help appreciated.
    Anne Marie
  2. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Songster

    Mar 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Good question- and remember that the chicks have a much sharper beak than the duckling if any of them do treat it aggressively. The chick starter feed is the same. How old does the duckling appear to be in relation to your chicks? I hope someone out there has run into this situation before for additional info.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2010
  3. chicnfarmer

    chicnfarmer Songster

    May 21, 2010
    another consideration is possible transmission of something the duckling might be carrying (parasites, virus, etc.). Me, I'm a gambler so I'd probably put them together if the duck looked healthy and just keep and eye on them for how they interact.
  4. jrleader99

    jrleader99 Songster

    Be careful what you are feeding the baby duck. They can not handle medicated feed.

    Also depending on the breed of duckling - it might grow a lot faster than the chicks. I have my Indian Runner ducks and chickens together in one large open pen area. They seem to get along fine.
  5. chickenma

    chickenma Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    chicks and ducklings can go together.
    i have mine together all the time.
    The only thing is that make sure that your chicken starter is non medicated .
    The pecking order will be there the first couple days but when they know there place again it will stop. the duck can peck back. mine do.
    good luck
  6. achake01

    achake01 In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    well, i introduced it to the brood and they pecked at him; i got nervous so took it out. the duckling is so tiny; the four-week old chicks are more than twice his size.
    should i try again?

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