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When can ducklings be with adults?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Twoandhelp, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    Hope to have new ducklings in 27 days (first time hatching, fingers crossed!) but I'm wondering- will the female ducks take to them like their own? Will the adults pick on them? I'd love for a duck to want to raise them but I figure that hoping for too much!
  2. HannahDuckLover

    HannahDuckLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2015
    By the jungle
    The females will only mother the babies if they hatched them themselves. They may pick on the young ones at first, since they are not their own, so you should wait until they are 1-2 months old before introducing them. They'll like them after a while, although there may be pecking order fights a first.
  3. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    Well considering that some mother kill their own young, it's best to raise them yourself. They will need to be full sized before joining adults and will be around 10 weeks old and will take time with slow introductions. Them being able to see but not touch either is the best way to start and then move to supervised time together.
  4. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    Thanks guys- I'll work on a way they can see but not be together. Love ducklings just don't love them in the house forever :) I'll have them inside for a while anyway I guess since it's getting cooler. Thank you for the info!!

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