put ducklings with a hurt female duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by diehexe1989, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. diehexe1989

    diehexe1989 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello backyardchickens,

    I brought in a female duck that hurt her leg on the ice from the coop. I've been letting her swim in warm water and she has nice quiet area to heal inside house. Next week I'm getting some ducklings and I was wondering if I could put them with her. Would she like that? Would it be good for the ducklings. Thanks Monica
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Monica,

    I think the ducklings will need their own space for a few reasons.

    Right off, I'll say that the duck might take to them, I don't know.

    On the other hand, there are some illnesses that adult ducks may be able to fight off but would be hard on ducklings.

    And, some female ducks are brutal to ducklings. Even ones they have just hatched (hard to believe, but I have read those stories here).
     

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