Raising Chicks with chickens and ducks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by duck newbie, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. duck newbie

    duck newbie New Egg

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    I have a broody hen and am getting some fertile eggs to hatch out. My question: would it be best to separate my hen from the ducks until the chicks are hatched and partially grown? I have never raised chicks while having adult ducks, and I have noticed that the ducks like to pick on my broody hen.

    Thinking it through, my thought is yes, I should separate, but I would love some advice from people who have been there and done that.

    Thanks in advance for your input!
     
  2. LRH97

    LRH97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never raised chicks with ducks, but when I have a broody, I always separate because that way she can just be a momma without all of the stress from the other birds. Plus it's safer for the chicks as well.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Might be best to separate broody physically but not visually. That way she and her chicks will be protected but still visible to the other chickens and the ducks and make integration easier later down the road.

    Not sure when you'd integrate, after a few weeks maybe, watching closely at first to make sure that momma will protect the chicks if needed?
     
  4. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Yes I would separate the ducks and chicken
     

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