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They make the chickens sick? Does that mean all chickens get sick from them? And would ducks also get sick from them?

Thank you for your input.
Roaches can carry nasty nasty things, like eye worm, and sometimes will be carrying something that gives an upset stomach. It’s not they themselves.
 

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Wow.

Yeah I get allergies too.

I get less allergies from my ducks than I do anything else. (Chickens, ducks, rabbits). But ducks are a bit more noisy than chickens (except roosters). But the ducks have a cuteness factor that has made the neighbors love them. (That might help if you are thinking which animals do less allergies, though I get that some people have different allergies than others.) (And maybe part of ducks doing less allergies is because people don't pick them up as much.)

I have been told a rumor...or wait maybe it was a comment here that if you brush the rabbits often they won't have dander and cause allergies. But I haven't had a chance to test if its true or not. (Good luck).

Re: outdoor rabbits not doing well, can I ask why? Thanks.
The fowl aren’t too bad because they are outdoors, but indoor rabbits is a whole different animal, literally lol. Spiders, heatstroke, fly strike, goat shelter damage. Basically a bunch of stuff that makes them not so much an option. My ducks are pets, and I can pick them up and bury my nose in their feathers with no trouble whatsoever. For the rabbits, I used to brush and pull all the loose fur and it didn’t help the allergy sufferers. The only time it would bother me is directly having fur in my eyes lol.
 

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It’s Halloween and we have horned goats. Or a druggie. Either way NOT welcome.

Are you near a sizeable population?

I'd had friends in California (Bakersfield area) tell me that they had roaming bands of homeless people now because of all the economic damage. And this was before Covid started. Often they wake up and the street will have several cars have the windows broken into and robbed. People can't leave any fences, windows, or doors unlocked anymore.

Its likely any areas with a sizeable homeless population will soon be like this.
 

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Oh brr, first cold day! Which means heat lamps up, and I need to finally make the duck shelter I’ve been wanting to. And, as per usual, I’ve waited too long and now have to do it in the cold. But, I will hopefully have a larger duck shelter by tonight. Speaking of ducks, my ducks eggs keep dropping humidity in the incubator. I haven’t had this problem when I do chicken eggs, maybe it’s just because ducks are a higher humidity? Well, good day to you all and stay warm!
 

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The one time I had ducks, I enclosed the bottom of a rabbit hutch with wire and made it a small chicken coop. For the ducks I stapled Feed sacks to it and gave them a heat lamp. That was their warm cozy place. Then I put a pallet on top of a plastic milk crate at each corner and staples a Feed sack on it. That was their intermediate shelter. It wasn’t fancy but it worked.
 

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Well, I found some wool sheep over two and a half hours away, and they’ll have lambs for sale in the spring. Corriedel/teeswater crosses and straight teeswater. They sound good, but a bit big:ep. I know, I know, livestock is big. But I’m petite and these guys aren’t! I’d have to lease land or something. But at least there are wool breeds, somewhereish... The quest shall continue. Hope everyone is having a great day.
 
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