Introducing Runner Ducks to my flock... advice?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Want Less, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Want Less

    Want Less Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    New Bern, NC
    We are adopting two female runner ducks that are just over a year old. They are currently in a penned flock of chickens. We have a flock of 20 hens and one rooster, and though they are kept in a very large pen until about noon (to keep them laying in their boxes), they free range the rest of the day on our farm and we don't lock them up until after dark.

    These two ducks are used to chickens, but my chickens have never seen ducks before. What is the best way to introduce them? Same way as introducing a new hen? In the past with a random new hen we have put the new lady in a very large metal dog crate inside the pen so they can all "meet" but still be safe.

    This all, of course, after they have been quarantined. We have a separate pen for that.

    Any advice would be great!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    That sounds like a great plan to me. After awhile of being separated but being able to be seen they should be able to get used to each other.
  3. DirtyAnkleDucks

    DirtyAnkleDucks Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2012
    we have pens of breeder flock ducks and we have our free range flock, same with our chickens. Once the quarantine period is over, we introduce them during feeding time, it has worked the best for us....

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