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Q: What is the best location for my chicken coop?

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: 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: At what age do ducks and geese start laying eggs?
A: Assuming that they have had proper care, lighter-weight duck breeds mature sexually at 17-24 weeks of age and begin laying eggs at that time. ... 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: How can I tell if my chicken has frostbite?
A: Frostbite occurs when the body becomes very cold and sends a signal to constrict blood vessels in the extremities in order to direct more blood to... read more

Q: My chicken has frostbite. How do I help them?
A: Frostbite occurs when the body becomes very cold and sends a signal to constrict blood vessels in the extremities in order to direct more blood to... read more

Q: How do I train my chickens to drink from nipples?
A: Many chicken keepers prefer nipple drinkers over conventional style drinkers for reasons of convenience and cleanliness. 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 causes the black spots on my duck's bill?
A: Well...melanin and xanthophyll, of course!

In most cases, black spots on a duck's bill and legs are simply melanin skin pigment, which is...
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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: 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: 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: 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