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

There are several ways to help me find a good home!  Don't just leave me!
There are several ways to help me find a good home! Don't just leave me!

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.

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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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,

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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