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Raising ducklings with baby chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Puddin Fluff, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    I have been raising chickens for a while but just received 2 ducklings whose mama abandoned them and I know nothing about ducks.

    Anyone out there have experience with raising ducklings with chicks? I am especially interested in how to set up water for the ducklings to play/drink without worring about the chickies drowning themselves.

    All advice is appreciated!
     
  2. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Any one?
     
  3. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I kept mine separate. They make a mess out of the tiniest amount of water. How large is the brooder? What do you have for a floor? How old are the chicks?
     
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  4. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raise chicks with ducklings all the time. No problem. No water mess. I use a universal Y port (chicks/ducks/quail/poult) drinker. I'll upload a photo later. BYC is having issues with photo uploads right now.
     
  5. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    All are going on two weeks. 16 chicks and two ducklings.

    The brooder is a large cardboard box which I plan to expand this weekend with pineshavings. My biggest question is about letting the ducklings get their heads wet without having my chicks drown in a tub of water.

    Right now I have a small chick waterer and a 16oz sour cream tub with a hole cut out of the lid for them to stick their heads in. I thought someone might have a better idea.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    I am curious to see yours. Hope BYC gets their glitches worked out soon.
     
  7. WhiteLeghorn2

    WhiteLeghorn2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also know nothing about ducks but I am praying that someone will be able to help you! Good luck!
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  8. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you.
    :)
     
  9. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a video of the 1 gallon Y port universal drinker I use. I have a 38oz as well for my brooder totes when they're little.


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    This type also works for ducks & chicks together when the ducklings have just hatched. I prefer the Y port when the ducklings get older than a couple weeks, though:
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    This is what I use when they get bigger. The ducks get a bathing pan once a day, but I've raised ducklings with the horizontal nipple only with no bad effects.

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  10. Housemom408

    Housemom408 Out Of The Brooder

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    It pretty much a trial and error thing. I did the same thing as you. As they grow I would come up with another sized container. I know not much help. Once you can get them outside it is easier.
     

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