Hello and Need Advice!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AnneLC, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. AnneLC

    AnneLC Just Hatched

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    Hello from Central Nebraska! I keep a pair of Muscovy ducks in my chicken coop. My mama duck went broody and has successfully hatched three ducklings this morning in a corner of the coop. My question is what should I do now? How do I keep them safe? I have about 32 chickens and three young roosters. Should I separate her and the babies (I have a small separate coop for integrating young chicks into the flock) or take the babies away and raise them in my brooder?? The weather is getting cooler and we don't have the safest chicken run although the coop is totally secure at night. Also, she hatched on guinea keet I rescued from a demolished guinea nest???
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, AnneLC, and :welcome. Happy you joined us! I'm not sure of the answer but it would seem to me that having the baby ducklings in with the chickens would not end well for the ducklings. The safest thing would be as you suggested - raising them in your brooder. That's my two cents worth...others may chime in with other thoughts. Best of luck to you!
     
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welocome to Backyard chickens! I hope you have fun!
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] so glad you joined us.

    I agree with @redsoxs .

    You already have concerns and IMO best to listen to those and move them into a safe brooder to make sure you don't have to live with regrets.
     
  6. AnneLC

    AnneLC Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I've kicked the chickens out of the coop so she can get them all safely hatched and dried, but of course now it's RAINING and my poor chickens are getting soaked. I've had so many trial and error failures (mostly from predators) with chicks and ducklings that I don't want to take any more chances. This is my first year owning any kind of poultry and I'm "learning by doing", I guess, but it's stressful! I think I'll move them to the brooder.
     
  7. AnneLC

    AnneLC Just Hatched

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    Also, do I need to wait till they're all dry to move them?
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    If they are still hatching, do you have a covered crate or dog cage you could place mom and hatchings in to keep them safe from the flock and keep them there until all are safely hatched?

    Seems it would be best to wait til they are all hatched and dry before making the move.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Sunflour
     

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