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Anybody have ducks and chickens together successfully?

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Pros and cons? risks? Any important information? I'm trying to decide if it's something I want to do. I really would love to have a duck or 2, but I have chickens. I'm trying to figure out how I would be able to make it work and whether they'd be able to be together or if it would require building an entirely separate area. I know ducks need access to water to drink AND bathe in. Can they eat the same feed? I've read yes and I've read no, so it's a little confusing.

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Putting ducks and chickens together doesn't really work. Ducks love to be wet and tend to be messy, while chickens like to be dry and clean. They need somewhat different food. Also, they don't always get along. If you are really wanting ducks, I would recommend making another coop. :)


Edited by BantamFan4Life - 9/21/15 at 9:27pm

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Pros and cons? risks? Any important information? I'm trying to decide if it's something I want to do. I really would love to have a duck or 2, but I have chickens. I'm trying to figure out how I would be able to make it work and whether they'd be able to be together or if it would require building an entirely separate area. I know ducks need access to water to drink AND bathe in. Can they eat the same feed? I've read yes and I've read no, so it's a little confusing.
I have 33 chickens and six ducks in the same pin amd they eat the same food. I have waterers every where and i have five kiddy pools for the ducks. Everyone gets along fine. Every now amd then a duck will chase a chicken but what siblings always get along? Every now and then a chicken chases a chicken...it will happen. But they all stay together amd appear to be happy and healthy!
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I had 5 ducks and 3 chickens (then 4 chickens/1 rooster).

They had separate houses, but free ranged together. They kept to themselves for the most part and when the chickens would encroach on the ducks, the ducks would go elsewhere.

 

Now that we've had 2 seasons of baby foxes learning to hunt, the girls are penned up. I'm down to 4 ducks and 1 chicken. They are penned together. The ducks are normally content with the chicken hanging with them and don't usually run off when she approaches. She still hangs on her own when supervised free ranging, but at times, she does hang with them then too.

 

 

Their pen has a kiddie pool and 2 other water containers. Duck house has a water container and the chicken house does too. She just drinks their dirty water.

 

 

I had ducks first and then added chickens. Then added more ducks.

Each time, I slowly introduced the new birds. The newbies would be in their brooder out in the grass so the big girls could hear and check them out. Then supervised together time. Then slowly let them hang together as long as there were no issues.

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I keep my big chickens with the ducks and they do fine, they have a big yard with bushes and stuff to scratch around. The ducks pool is at the front of the pen and the only area that gets wet is the area around the pool . the chickens dust bathing area is about six ft from the pool and it never gets wet from the ducks. We also have a rabbit hutch in the corner of the pen as well. In the pen I have 2 drakes and about 7 or 8 girls (I don't count them by numbers I keep track of them by their names so I cannot remember how many exactly lol) I have two roosters and six hens and the two rabbits in the hutch.also have 7 muscovy ducks... I need to expand the pen soon....
Edited by Halloweengirl13 - 9/22/15 at 1:01pm
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Ducks do need different food but you can absolutely substitute it for chicken feed. And I haven't had a problem yet with my chickens and ducks living together
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Thanks. If these eggs hatch I have an outdoor mini coop I can move in for safe and slow introduction after they've brooded in the house. I am incubating duck eggs from the neighbor's ducks, so if they hatch I'll have to make a decision. My son wanted to hatch them as a science project, and I agreed, so I will have to make a decision if they develop and hatch this time (last time we had only 1 and unfortunately it died at hatch, figured out why and built a better incubator for these).

I think I repeated myself and if I did sorry, it's been a long day.

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