Our chicks and ducklings shipped yesterday (Monday April 16th 2012) and should be arriving tomorrow or the next day. So it was time to put together a couple of brooders. I needed one for the 20 or so chicks and one for the couple of ducklings. Baby chickens and baby ducks should not be keep together because ducks get the brooder very wet which can cause problems for the baby chicks. We ordered 10 Black Australorps for our laying flock, 10 dark cornish for our meat birds, and 2 fawn runner ducks.
It’s a good idea to have your brooder set up in advance of getting your chicks so they can almost immediately be introduced to their new home, get warmed up, and get some water and food. This is especially important when ordering by mail as we did.