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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: 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

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: 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