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Raising ducks with chickens??

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I ordered 4 ducks that will be coming in middle of May. I was curious if I could also raise a chicken or 2 with them? My coop is 5x7 and the run will be 20x2 totally fenced in and roof covered. Will hey be able to survive together?
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Brooding them together is never a good idea as ducklings are wet and messy and chicks should stay dry. Later many times the ducks will become aggressive with chickens, and male ducks may try to mate with hens. It can work, I keep a few muscovy with my chickens but they are a bit different than any Mallard type ducks, and I have lots of room for them to get away from each other.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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We started with moscovy ducks and 6 weeks later got chickens. So they weren't in brooder at same time. This wasn't by any plan on my part but I'd agree ducks are very messy with water and you want the chicks to stay on dry land while young in brooder. If you can keep them together in a brooder or your coop with a dry spot- go for it.
As far as getting along, for the most part the chickens and ducks just do their own things. They live fine side by side.
The males of either duck or chicken will try to mate with any female.
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