Need some advice - Neighbor wants me to keep her ducks with my chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gg706, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. gg706

    gg706 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I got my baby chicks about 2 weeks ago. My neighbor got 2 baby ducks today, she called and asked if she could put her baby ducks in with my chicks until she can get their pen set up. I hate to be a jerk...but my gut feeling is NO!!!! I know chickens can pass germs around so I am assuming that ducks and chickens can as well. Any advice????
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2012
  2. TexasAggieOfc

    TexasAggieOfc Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 4, 2010
    Lincoln, NE
    Well, there's several issues here...

    First - ducks are very messy compared to their chicken cousins. They love to splash in the water dish, and they seem to poop about three times as much as chickens.

    Second - Yes, they could pass diseases to one another. Of course, depending on where you both got your birds may lead to an increased or decreased chance, but that depends on a whole pile of things.

    Now, there's also the issue of being neighborly. I personally raise my chickens and ducks together. Just turned out 3 ducks into the pen this afternoon, and have one little mallard living in the brooder with 4 chicks and 6 guineas with no problem. But, you have to do what is right for your babies, and if you don't feel comfortable with those ducks in there, then by all means, don't do it. But, you may offer to help them get their brooder online. They say their pen isn't done. I wonder if they realize that the pen doesn't need to be done yet to properly brood them.

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