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Mixing mixed aged ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Mum, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Mum

    Mum Songster

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    Yesterday, for Easter, I was given 2 indian runner ducklings as a gift. One is 2wks old, one is 3wks old (ish!). Now, in 10 days time, my incubator tells me I will have 2 ducklings hatch. Two weeks after that, my broody hen will (hopefully!) successfully hatch 4 duck eggs.

    So, the plan is: when the incubator ducklings hatch, to put them in the brooder box with the Indian runner ducklings; when the broody hen hatches the ducklings and if all doesn't go well, then to also add those ducklings to the brooder box.

    Is this viable? I know from the pond at University that the ducklings all mess around happily together and their mothers let them get on with it - even though they are differing ages. So, if that is how nature does it, I'm thinking (hoping!) it will work in my artificial setting?

    Any and all advice gratefully received [​IMG] TIA
     

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