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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by burgandyrae, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. burgandyrae

    burgandyrae Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2016
    Cynthiana, KY
    Hi! I have two Pekin Ducks outside currently, male and female, and I have 6 chicks inside, 4 ISA Brown pullets and 2 "assorted" bantams and I have had them for 2 weeks. I planned to keep them inside until they were fully feathered but they are starting to learn how to jump to the top of the brooder so I was wondering when is the soonest I can put them outside and should I close them up in the coop or would they be fine with the adult sucks? It's definitely warm enough during the day but at night it's still getting in the 50s. I only have one heat lamp so I wouldn't be able to make sure it's the right temp in the coop until I moved them out there. Or if there are any suggestions for chicks sitting on the top of the brooder they would be appreciated!
  2. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC. I would not suggest putting them outside until they are fully feathered, and then search for "keeping ducks and chickens in the same coop" for further info.

    All the best
  3. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Without a reliable source of heat outside, you'll need to keep them indoors. Try putting some type of cover over the brooder like a piece of hardware cloth that will allow for ventilation.

    Good luck!
  4. burgandyrae

    burgandyrae Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2016
    Cynthiana, KY
    Ok. When the chicks are ready to go outside what is the best way to introduce them to the ducks?
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Best way to keep them inside the brooder is to make a wire top.

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