Hubby is going to kill me!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aineheartsyou, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just placed another order with Metzer's... an embden pair and 3 more welsh harlequins! They will be a week younger than my 10 ducklings, will I be able to put them all in the same brooder or will I have to have two brooders?
     
  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be careful. Ducks imprint together within a couple days, any introduced after that may have to become their own "clique".

    Watch them carefully to avoid any problems. [​IMG]
     
  3. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm, what if i did two brooders, one for the first and one for the second, and then moved a couple of the older ducklings each day into the brooder with the newbies. would that make integrating them easier?
     
  4. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just make sure you referee. Don't leave them alone to "figure it out". There may be some picking and fighting.
     
  5. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for sure! [​IMG]
     
  6. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try and just keep an eye out to see how they do together.
    Last year I bought 2 Mallard ducklings that were male, 3 weeks later a snake got one and killed it. I went out a few days later and bought 3 lil mallard girls that were 2 days old. I put the drake in with the girls and he immediatly acted like a Mamma duck to them. I've had them all a year now and he still watches after his gals really well.


    Michelle
     
  7. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    I was hatching weekly for months on end- and had to combine hatches in brooders very often. I would wait until the new babies were a few days old- eating and drinking well before combining them - but I have never had any problems with a weeks difference in age. Two or three weeks and the size difference is so great that the little ones could be easily trampled - but you should be ok to just have the one brooder.
     
  8. PlumTuckered

    PlumTuckered Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a photo of my month old Drake with the baby girls in the brooder
    [​IMG]


    Michelle
     
  9. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awe, thats too cute!
     

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