How Do I Safely and Humanely Get Rid of Unwanted Ducks or Chickens?

We occasionally read or hear about tragic stories of people dumping ducks, chickens, and other birds in dumpsters or outside.  There is absolutely no reason to ever dump birds in an environment where they cannot survive.  All birds, especially domesticated ducks and chickens, have value and can be given a good and purposeful home.

Many people do not realize that most ducks and chickens one comes into contact with are domesticated breeds.  Thus, they had their wild instincts bred out over time in order to achieve the most desirable farming traits.  They will not adapt to a wild environment in most situations, and certainly should not be killed or dumped simply because they are unwanted.

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There are several ways to help me find a good home! Don’t just leave me!
If you have ducks or chickens which you cannot care for or do not want, please do not destroy them.  These are several key options which you can pursue to find them an adequate home, all of which require little effort.

How to find a good home for unwanted ducks or chickens –

  • Post an ad for free ducklings or chicks on .  People all over the country raise ducks and chickens for a variety of beneficial purposes including egg production, pets, and as meat.  If you simply advertise on Craigslist that you have some free birds available to be picked up, you will receive plenty of interest.  Often time times, a good home can be found within a few hours.
  • Look for people seeking ducks and birds in your area on farming message boards, such as or . If you find the right person, you may even be able to sell you birds and make some money.
  • Contact a local farm or hatchery and ask them to take the birds.  There are countless places which raise birds for a variety of purposes all around the country.
  • Contact a local wildlife rehabilitater or waterfowl rescuer.  While this a great option and a valuable resource, these valuable people are very busy.  Thus, it may be better if you attempt one of the options above prior to contacting a rescuer.
  • Contact your local Fish and Game department.  Again, this option should be used only when you’ve attempted the first three options.

38 thoughts on “How Do I Safely and Humanely Get Rid of Unwanted Ducks or Chickens?

  1. Heather Ball says:

    I have one chicken that NEEDS a good home. I had 4, But where I live there are raccoons and unfortunately got 3 of them. I have had them for 2 years and hate to have the one alone. Please help she is a very friendly chicken named Henrietta.

  2. Yuko Kusakabe says:

    I have 4 chickens I can no longer care for (2 four years old and 2 two years old) . They are all healthy and two years old are still laying eggs. I need to find home for them. I live in Seattle, Washington. Please text me a message if you are interested; (206) 225-6780.

  3. Riley says:

    I have about 30 silkies including chicks to full adults. They all range from different colors and need homes, if anybody is interested. Contact me by email. [email protected] and I will give you the number to contact me by. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  4. Larry still 1-5624176325 says:

    I have 5 roosters to find a happy home two are one year old and three 6 months. Just started to crow. They are all very handsome and are bantome birds. (Smaller type)

  5. Meghan Stein says:

    Hi! I recently have been caring for two ducks. One is a buff and the other is a pekin. They are both females and are just adorable, but unfortunately I am no longer to take care of them because i am rarely ever home. If anyone is interested in taking the ducks, please email me!

  6. nico says:

    Hi if there is any one that have animals(farm animals) to give away contack me pleace I will take them gladly.You can call me on 0721515566

    • Leesa Lumbard says:

      Hi my daughter bought home 2 ducklings that were dumped in rubish, thought we could help but out at work all day and neighbors complaining of noise.

    • Emily Ramos says:

      I just found a beautiful a 4week old baby hen and I’m not able to care for him so could you please give me a call.!!!! 817 -715-7825.

    • esperanza says:

      my poultry club at school might be doing a project where we get ducklings and chicks to imprint on us for 2-3 weeks and we are looking for places to donate them to when we are done. please contact me at [email protected] if you can thanks!

      • Christi says:

        Hi. I was wondering if anybody replied to your post because I have a duck that has imprinted on me but I want to give it to a caring facility that will rehab it into the wild before winter

        • Kenneth Ray says:

          Hello Christi – Did you hear back from your recent post ? I am the owner of a 3-acre pond with only 5 ducks. I’m trying to provide them some friends….so, didn’t know if you still wanted to send your duck to a loving home…

          • Bob says:

            Hello. I have 3 ducks that were my daughters that are in our backyard pond in Beaverton. I need to find a new home for them. Would you like them? Free for the taking.

    • Vickie says:

      Hello I’m looking for a home for my daughter Duck. She moved out and myself and my 10 and 13 year old been the caretaker. We had two ducks but the raccoon attack the other one so bad we had to put her down. I need to find her a home today or tomorrow.

    • cindy padilla says:

      hello are you still looking to take farm animals? i have a friendly rooster that is a tad too loud for our residential area.

    • Brandi says:

      I have 2 ducks.. We need a good home for they are very attached to each other.. I don’t have a pond.
      They just got down feathers

  7. Haley Cuthrel says:

    Hello! I am from Illinois, and my farm has TONS of chickens. We’ve been wanting to get rid of them for the longest time since we really don’t have the time to maintain them. We want to give these chickens to good homes only. We have multiple breeds, colors, and sizes so if you’re interested then you can email me at [email protected] for pictures. These chickens lay eggs pretty well, and the roosters aren’t mean so you won’t have to worry about them attacking your kids if you have any. However, if you want super nice chickens you will have to spend some quality time with them because again my family, and I just don’t have the time for them anymore. These chickens are smart too, and know how to look after themselves when it comes to watching out for eagles and hawks, and as well as going in the coop when it starts getting dark. If any of you are interested email me at [email protected]. Thanks :)

  8. Haley Cuthrell says:

    We have TONS of chickens on my farm. We need to get rid of them, but I want them to go to a good home. They lay eggs, and they’re very friendly as long as you take time to hold them and let them get use to you. The roosters are not mean at all, but will protect the hens from any unwanted animals that might harm the chickens. These chickens can be great for children, you just have to take the time for them to get use to you. Again they’re not mean! If interested please email me at [email protected] or text my mom at (815)222-1126

  9. Country club acres says:

    Fl fish and wildlife need’s to come and pick up wild ducks in this neighborhood cars are running over. Cats ripping off wings ..dead stray cats and ducks in the streets waiting to die via run over by cars or eating by animals please help.

  10. Arlene Charest says:

    Hi There! I am from NW Connecticut and had experienced a great broody season which produced an extra 26 chicks from only two hens. When I finally found out about Craig’s List, I had enough response to give away ten hens with 13 chicks each…it was amazing and I found free range homes immediately with the kind of people we could feel good about.

  11. John Adams says:

    Hi to all, I was given a young duck, because I have a large pond? But its not suitable in an urban environment, He/she is a “white” call duck, and we would like it to go to someone with the space/other ducks, if you can offer it a new home contact me via e-mail, [email protected].

  12. Clive Smith says:

    I have 2 unwanted male Campbell Ducks under 1 year old. I have 4 ducks hence the need to give away 2 of them. I live near Sevenoaks in Kent if anybody would like them. Please feel free to phone 07990550122 for further details. Thanks.

  13. please dont kill or dump any animals i have just lost 2 ducks in the last 2 days because of the cold weather and snow in the uk and have been crying for the last 2 days we are trying to find a way to keep the rest warm and safe in the shed they live in so says:

    i have had 2 ducks die in the last 2 days and i am still crying at the loss please give any unwanted birds to a safe place to be cared for i would be happy to have them but live in the uk the cold and snow has killed my 2 ducks and i hate to think anyone would dump birds and just let them die please dont do it.

    • Joe Philip says:

      I am in Massachusetts USA, we get way down below zero and a lot of snow. I have a heat unit that fits a hanging lamp fixture and does not give off light. I run two on cold nights ans I have never lost a duck to freezing yet.

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