We have 6 gold start chicks and 6 white pekin ducklings arriving together. Can they live in the same facility as long as it's kept clean?
Yes, you can house ducks and chickens together, but I would move the ducks to a different brooder as soon as they get bigger then the chicks, because they will accidentally run them over. During the first few weeks be very careful to change the water everyday and make sure the ducks can dip their snouts all the way into the water but the chicks can't drown. Good luck!!
I separated mine after about 48 hours together- the ducklings are just TOO messy. And I only had 2 ducklings with 6 chicks. I put their cages right next to each other (I used rabbit cages/guinea pig cages you get at petstore) because the ducklings were very attached to the chicks. Once they were apart, it was easier to clean. It is not good for chicks to be damp- and they need clean water which is impossible with ducks around.
Chicks were a breeze to keep tidy...ducks grew FAST and got moved to a dog crate in my basement, and into an outdoor pen during the day once they were feathered.....they were just too stinky and messy.
ok, and what about introducing 2 Indian runners into an already established Chicken coop? I've had my Chickens for 3 years, adding more as older layers stopped. Now we are wanting to do Duck eggs, and until I figure out if they are all they crack up to be I don't want to build another separate coop.
Tonia- There is a very good waterer for both ducks and chicks made out of a milk cartonthe link is http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duckling-care-brooder-ideas .
Scotr3- I introduced two runner ducks to my chickens a few years ago, but one was attacked by a coyote and died. The other is my meanest chicken's best friend and refuses to be separated. I would give it a go, but be careful of bullying!!