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Muscovy and chickens sharing a run?

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I'm thinking of adding 4 muscovys to my flock. I currently have 10 hens. The ducks would have their own house but share a run with the chickens. I've read a few threads about chickens and Muscovy ducks sharing space and it being a disaster but usually the runs seem small. My run is rather large 30' x 30' (900 sq ft). Would that be sufficient space to keep everyone living harmoniously or should I not risk it and keep them separate?
Edited by kbil0461 - 3/16/16 at 3:08pm
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You should be fine but I would try to keep the male ducks away from your chickens.

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I just responded earlier today on another thread with my thoughts on Ducks and Chickens sharing living space.  I personally don't really like it, though I have no personal experience with muscovys as that is not my breed of choice.  But I will say this you do have the advantage of them having there own separate houses.  However if male ducks are involved don't even try it.  A male duck may try to mate with a chicken hen resulting in injury or death of the hen.  That's my two cents, you can read my other post on reasons why I don't think it's a good idea in general.  But I do know folks that get away with it.

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