Will my Duckling be lonley with out other ducklings?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LewisJHalstead, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. LewisJHalstead

    LewisJHalstead New Egg

    Mar 25, 2017
    I have 4 pekin ducks one of them is laying eggs. I have built a home made incubator and started to incubate 3 eggs only one of which is fertile and developing properly. I am 8 days in to incubation. Will the duckling be ok on its own with no other ducklings and also at what age will it be ready to join its mother and the other 3 ducks? should i start to incubate more eggs now so the duckling has a friend evan though it will hatch some 8 days after or is that unnecessary?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, LewisJHalstead, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock! I'm unsure about ducklings but you might consider posting in the Ducks Forum here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks
    They may be able to help you out. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
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  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    It's really ideal for all poultry to be raised alongside at least one other of their species. I would try to hatch some more, yes, or just purchase a duckling when this one hatches.

    If I recall, ducks grow quite quickly. I imagine it can be added in with the adult birds at around 8-10 weeks. (Some one double check me on this, I haven't raised ducks from babies in a few years.)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice and links already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
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  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under LewisJHalstead [​IMG] Welcome!

    As you have already received some great advice, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
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  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I'd check with the duck forum members to get their input but what QueenMisha says makes good sense.

    Best of luck to you!
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  8. LewisJHalstead

    LewisJHalstead New Egg

    Mar 25, 2017
    Thank You! :)
  9. LewisJHalstead

    LewisJHalstead New Egg

    Mar 25, 2017
    Thanks for the advice and making me feel so welcome already everyone i really appreciate it, i am new to keeping ducks so any useful tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)
  10. Jmcggnj6

    Jmcggnj6 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2017
    SE Kansas
    Hello from Kansas!

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