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Q: Can I mix and match or do I have to buy all the same breed?
A: There is no minimum number of chicks per breed or size, although your total order must meet the minimum number for your area, so you can mix and... read more

Q: I want to sell the eggs from my chicks as "organic". Are your chicks organic?
A: "Certified organic" regulations vary from state to state and region to region, and (thus far) do not have to do with the way chicks are hatched.... read more

Q: Are your birds "show-quality"?
A: Especially with our fertile hatching eggs, we have some great lines that produce amazing show prospects. Ours is an NPIP hatchery and our birds are... read more

Q: What time of year should I order baby chicks?
A: Depending on the breeds you want, you may find that there's a wait of six months or more, so we recommend you place your order just as soon as you're... read more

Q: Can I mix different breeds of chicken in my flock--will they all get along?
A: Yes, in most cases you can mix breeds of chicken in your flock. They generally get on very well. You can even include both bantam and large fowl... read more

Q: Should I free range my chickens?
A: If you allow your chickens to range freely, you WILL lose some to predators-- make no mistake. It can be devastating, especially to those of us with... read more

Q: What is the best location for my chicken coop?
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There are many considerations to take into account when determining the placement of your chicken coop. Here are 10 tips that can help you find... read more

Q: How do I find an avian veterinarian?

A: It's always a good idea to seek out an avian veterinarian BEFORE you get chickens, so you'll know where to turn in case of any emergency or health... read more

Q: Can different waterfowl breeds cross-breed?
A: Yes, it is genetically possible for any breed of duck to cross with any other breed of duck, and any goose breed can also cross with other breeds of... read more

Q: Do ducks and geese have to have swimming water?
A: While ducks and geese DO need fresh, clean drinking water, and ideally have ready access to a shallow area with "dipping" water (enough for them to... read more

Q: I'm a teacher. How can I have a successful classroom hatching project?
A: Hatching eggs at school can be a rewarding and enlightening school project! In fact, the owner of My Pet Chicken was first charmed by chickens during... read more

Q: Will ducks attack children?
A: It is extremely rare for a duck to attack a person. As prey animals, their main defense is to run or fly away. There is a much greater chance... read more

Q: What are mule ducks?
A: A "mule" duck is a sterile hybrid cross between a Muscovy and a Pekin.Because these two breeds have been genetically isolated for 50 million years,... read more

Q: Is the floor surface important with ducks and geese?
A: Yes!--it is very important. As babies, ducklings and goslings need a surface they can grip until their leg muscles and hips are strong, just as with... read more

Q: How do I introduce new geese into my flock?
A: While geese generally get along well with one another, adding a new goose or gander to your gaggle can be a stressful time for them--and for you!--as... read more

Q: How do I introduce new ducks into my flock?
A: With ducks, the process is usually simpler than when introducing chickens to each other. Normally, you can simply put ducks together and within a few... read more

Q: Should I get my birds vaccinated?
A: Marek's disease is a deadly, highly contagious "lymphoproliferative" disease affecting chickens. It is the #1 disease-related killer of chickens. It... read more

Q: Why don't you offer a vaccination for ducklings and goslings?
A: Thankfully, ducks and geese are less prone to most common poultry diseases and parasites, so they don't need to be vaccinated. Chickens and turkeys... read more

Q: How do I tell male and female waterfowl apart?
A: What exactly do you have--drakes or ducks? Geese or ganders? Great question! The answer may be relatively easy or hard to tell, depending on the age... read more

Q: What is the life expectancy of ducks and geese?
A: If cared for properly, ducks can live to 7-10 years, and some exceptional birds may live longer than that. Geese normally live 10-15 years, but there... read more

Q: How will I know which breeds are which on my waterfowl order?
A: Congratulations! You've received your order of waterfowl from My Pet Chicken and now you want to know which breed is which. No problem! Using the leg... read more

Q: Do geese make good pets? Can't they be mean or aggressive?
A: You may be surprised to find that the answer to both questions is...yes! Geese can make great pets, and yes, they can sometimes be aggressive. Before... read more

Q: Do ducks and geese make good pets?
A: Yes, they do!--but it's important to remember that they are not dogs or cats - or even chickens! And that's some of the fun of keeping them--learning... read more

Q: Can I keep just one duck or goose?
A: Having a cute duck follow you around the house or a goose fly along beside your car as you run errands--it's a fun idea, right? After all, it's not... read more

Q: Can ducks and geese survive on a pond?
A: Yes--potentially! But before you release a few ducks or geese onto your backyard pond, here are some things to consider:        ... read more

Q: Do ducks, geese, and chickens get along with each other?
A: Yes! Generally speaking, ducks, geese, and chickens (and most other types of fowl) get along really well with one another without too many issues,... read more

Q: How do I pick up a goose?
A: In a word--carefully! Geese are very strong animals, and you will want to learn to catch and hold them properly to avoid getting pummeled by their... read more

Q: Can ducks and geese be outside during the winter?
A: Yes! Ducks and geese have a wonderful fluffy undercoating beneath their feathers called "down" that is generally considered by outdoorsy-people to be... read more

Q: How can I keep ducks out of my swimming pool? Can my ducks and geese drink and swim in chlorinated water?
A: First--no worries about chlorinated water and your waterfowl flock; it will not harm them. So if your personal pet flock finds your pool, you don't... read more

Q: How can I handle an aggressive goose?
A: Geese can make great pets, and thankfully, most geese do not exhibit aggressive behavior. Among those that do, it is usually confined to the breeding... read more

Q: What is a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD)?
A: Livestock Guardians are animals that protect livestock on the farm. They can be llamas or donkeys, but in most cases, they are dogs that have been... read more

Q: What's the right ratio of males to females for ducks and geese?
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Duck male-to-female ratios

In flocks, the general recommendation is one drake for every 4-6 ducks. During breeding season, that may be...
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Q: What happens if a duckling or gosling is incorrectly sexed?
A: It's always disappointing when a bird isn't sexed correctly, especially if your "girl" ended up being a "boy" and was the family's favorite bird!... read more

Q: How do I care for guinea keets?
A: For tick control and flock protection, there's nothing like guinea fowl! If you choose to raise guineas, the basic instructions for caring for baby... read more

Q: Which chicken breeds may need extra heat in winter?
A: Chickens are incredibly adaptable! They are kept all over the world in all kinds of extreme climates. But it's no secret that some breeds are hardier... read more

Q: When should I take my pet chicken to the vet?
A: As keepers of pet chickens, we've all been there. You notice one of your birds exhibiting some unusual behaviors or symptoms, and you're faced with a... read more

Q: Should I heat my chicken coop in the winter?
A: We don't recommend you offer supplemental heat to your coop unless your temps regularly drop well below freezing... Seriously! Chickens adapt to the... read more

Q: My chicks are all available on different dates. Will they ship at different times, or all at once?
A: All at once! All your birds must ship together for their safety. Alternatively, you can choose to place two or more separate orders, but each one... read more

Q: I live in Hawaii and I'm ordering chicks. What do I need to know?
A: First and foremost: we cannot safely ship to every zip code in your beautiful state. Only some zip codes are safe to ship to. Please read "Can... read more

Q: How do you ship waterfowl?
A: We ship all of our waterfowl by USPS Priority Mail. Our desire is for every duckling and gosling to arrive safely, so we specialize our packaging... read more

Q: How can I track my waterfowl shipment? Do you provide a tracking number?
A: No worries! We do our best to make sure that you're "in the loop" throughout the process.

Unless the date falls on a holiday, birds are...
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Q: What is the minimum order for ducklings and goslings?
A: Since shipping little ones can be so expensive, our minimum order for waterfowl is usually 10. However, if you are ok higher shipping costs, we can... read more

Q: Why don't you ship waterfowl to Hawaii?
A: Unfortunately, ducklings cannot be sent to Hawaii because the state government is afraid that domestic ducks will cross with Hawaii's native Koloa... read more

Q: Do you ship to Canada?
A: We cannot ship any of our products to Canada, Mexico, or any other country. We also cannot ship to American territories, including Puerto Rico,... read more

Q: How do I care for ducklings and goslings?
A: Baby ducks and geese are EXTREMELY cute, and they are generally easier to raise than chicks. Nevertheless, if you decide to add geese or ducks to... read more

Q: Can you ship chicks to my location?
A: We can ship chicks anywhere within the continental U.S. and to some locations in Hawaii and Alaska. Please check "Can you safely ship chicks to... read more