Integrating my baby ducklings with the older ones

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by torinunez, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. torinunez

    torinunez Out Of The Brooder

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    IMG_3243.JPG IMG_3292.JPG I have 2 ducks that are 5 1/2 weeks old, and 2 little ducklings that are 1 1/2 weeks. Even just a month apart in age there is a significant difference and sizes, and although I think it's out of curiousity rather than trying to harm them, our older ones will sometimes try to get too close and peck at them at times.

    As of now we are slowly letting them all interact, mostly just letting them look at each other and get used to each other (while keeping a bit of distance), and always with our supervision. Is there anything else I can do to make this transition easier? A good age the little ones will be big enough to interact with our older ones?
     
  2. Kiki to Nana

    Kiki to Nana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think what you're doing is right. I wouldn't worry about the poking too much unless it is over and over consistently. If you let them roam around in an area under supervision you should be okay. The older ones will begin to charge when they want them out of their way but it's harmless and gives you a feel for their mindset. Eventually when they start living together permanently they will start to accept new friends with open wings.

    You're probably looking at another 3 weeks or so before I'd feel comfortable leaving them for a monitored amount of time unsupervised, but within vision. Should be equal size enough they can't be seriously injured.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Sometimes a scare while outside together gets them into buddy mode a lot quicker....The lawn mower or something like that ....Has worked for me....Fun times in the kiddie pool....
     
  4. Kiki to Nana

    Kiki to Nana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens has an idea. I actually forgot to mention we got ours into buddy mode by giving them distractions like blueberries or watermelon. Anything that can distract the feeling that there is an "intruder" in my place would help.
     
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  5. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Introduce outside of pens on neutral ground...They are all more nervous and not so defensive....:wee
     

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