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Can you mix ducks and bantam hens?

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Alright, first and foremost I have 3 pekin Ducks that are currently 2.5 weeks old. I also ordered 3 4-week old hens (BOrp, Cuckoo Maran, & Ameracauna) that will be here when the ducks are 5 weeks old.
I can place an order to get some bantam hens ( like 2 or 3) and have them arrive at close to the same age and time as the other birds ( absolute worst case is a 4/5-week age difference)
Their run ( not including a 3x10 pathway run that leads to their coop) is 192 sqr feet.
If raised together from youth, can bantam hens peacefully coexist with ducks? Their coop can accommodate approx 12 standard hens.
I just know that putting a bantam hen with already adult ducks could go horribly wrong due to size difference and I don't want to jeopardize the bantams. I just would love to have a bantam or two ( or 3) and this would be my best time to do so, while all the birds are still babies.
Thanks in advance.
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Also, I may be able to get bantam hens instead of chicks if that would be better
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Funny you should ask this - I have a mature flock of chickens, but want to get a couple ducks and a little bantam hen. I fear if I add a little bantam hen to my flock of chickens, they'll eat her alive, so I was thinking it would be better to bring her into a little flock of ducks. So duck and chicken experts - what do you all think?

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Don't want this thread to die. Anyone have any ideas?
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I wouldn't put chicks and ducks together. Ducks grow allot faster and a very messy. My Duck brooders stay damp so I don't put them together.

My Flock includes : 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/da-bator (My incubator Build)

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My Flock includes : 

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/da-bator (My incubator Build)

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