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Ducks with chickens?

post #1 of 7
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I want to integrate my two pekin Ducks into the same coop and run as my chickens. They have a very large run and I'm going to put a kiddie pool im for them. How and at what age would I go about doing so? They can already see each other through the wire. Just worried about one of my older chickens bothering them. Anyone do this successfully?
Edited by TimCline - 4/5/16 at 7:27pm
post #2 of 7

I know some do this successfully, I hope they can check in soon.  Are both Pekins female?  Having drakes in with chickens is dangerous for the chickens if the drakes try to mate with them.

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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
It's a pair. How dangerous? Will the drake try to fight my roo? Because my flock rooster is a very large RIR.
post #4 of 7

Questions of getting along are, to my experience with introducing ducks, largely up to the individual critters.

 

I can see potential for your roo and drake having a conflict.  Not a guarantee, but I would introduce carefully and make no assumptions that they will sort it out without aggressiveness.  Springtime hormones can make it more challenging as well.

 

There are always exceptions . . . truly, it does seem to be up to the individual animals as to whether they will respect each others' space and females.

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post #5 of 7
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Thanks. I'll try and introduce them while supervised a couple times and see how it goes.
post #6 of 7

The drake could try to make your chicken hens and that is dangerous to them as boy ducks and boy chickens aren't packing the same equipment. A male duck when mating a chicken hen (if he trys to mate a chicken hen) could seriously injure/kill her just based on the incompatibility of the anatomy.

post #7 of 7
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I understand now. Will just keep then separate completely.
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