Should I get a rooster?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fuzzy8, May 27, 2016.

  1. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have 4 baby ducks and 4 baby pullets. As of now all in the same brooder and doing great. They will adventually be separated from the brooder once the ducks are too big. But in the end will be in the same 6x7x6 coop and 20x20 run. I'm not sure on the sex of the ducks. I was wondering now if I need to try to find a baby rooster for my flock and if it's needed since I have ducks ?
     
  2. Poultry Gal

    Poultry Gal Just Hatched

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    Personally I would wait. Is your plan to breed more birds?
    I have 4 month old pullets right now, that I can Not put with the cockerel.
    He is way to rough & inexperienced in "Amour"
    The girls run in terror & scream bloody murder...it's not pleasant for them.
    The 5 month cockerel ( a rooster who is not mature yet ) is now caged in another room.
    I will try again in a month. But I feel bad for ALL of them.

    IF you wait, you will give the girls time to mature sexually.
    Plus you will have time to find the Perfect rooster.
    You can usually find someone who has too many roos & wants to find homes.
    A lot of times the rooster is a Pet, & can be Free or inexpensive.
    GOOD LUCK
     
  3. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I can wait. I just wassnt sure if it would protect them from a male duck if I happen to end up with a male
     
  4. Poultry Gal

    Poultry Gal Just Hatched

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    Well you said they would eventually separated, so that shouldn't be too much of an issue.
    If you notice the chicks getting bullied, you can divide the new coop in half.
    ( my ducklings never interacted with the chicks )

    Ducks are Really messy & wet their surroundings.
    You will notice the shavings will be soaked, & the water container will always be dirty.
    Ducks will pick up Anything & bring it to the water to play / wash it.
    IF the chicks are young, they can catch a chill by being in wet bedding.

    Chicks need heat longer than ducks.
    You might want to think about separating them sooner?
     
  5. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will only be seperated in the brooder once the ducks get big enough. I have plenty of heat for them. They are in a 4 foot square brooder right now. Only the corner where the water is is damp but I change the shavings out daily. When they are all ready to be back outside in the coop and pen together there water and feed will be kept outside at all times
     
  6. Gnarled Carrots

    Gnarled Carrots Out Of The Brooder

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    You likely won't need a rooster. I've never tried to integrate chickens with ducks, but I've heard people doing it just fine. Growing up together, they should be okay enough around each other that it shouldn't be an issue. Also, when you don't have a rooster one of the hens oftentimes steps up as the dominant chicken and will protect the flock. Unless you're having problems with them fighting, I wouldn't add one. It can be difficult to add any chicken to a pre-existing flock, let alone adding a rooster. It might actually cause more fighting!
     
  7. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks for the input. M neighbor and I both got our chickens the same time. He had said that if one turned out to be a rooster he would give it to me since he got a straight run and I special ordered pullets. Wassnt sure if adding a rooster young would effect things or not
     

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