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2 chickens and 1 duck

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We started with 2 chicks and 2 ducklings. Everyone is penned separately at night, but free range together during the day.
This weekend we lost a duck 😥
We are concerned about remaining duck knowing they need companionship. However, the duck has started hanging with 2 chickens. Is this ok? Don't want the duck to be unhappy, but she seems ok? All three are put in same coup at night so duck isn't alone.

Thoughts ?
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welcome-byc.gif! The duck is hanging out with the chickens because it needs company, but it would be much happier with a friend of its own species. I'd see if you can find a friend for it locally. You could check your local craigslist, a lot of people are selling ducks this time of year.
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Will do. Ty
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Took your advice. Found Peking duck hens on Craig's list. Our duck is two months old, even though they grow fast, is it ok to introduce a full grown duck hen? Does type matter?
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Took your advice. Found Peking duck hens on Craig's list. Our duck is two months old, even though they grow fast, is it ok to introduce a full grown duck hen? Does type matter?

I would set them up so that they can see each other but not physically interact for a couple weeks, such as sectioning them apart with chicken wire. That way your duck can grow and mature a little bit more and they can get used to each other for a while. Breed doesn't matter, so a pekin would be fine smile.png
Edited by Pyxis - 5/15/16 at 6:51pm
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I would set them up so that they can see each other but not physically interact for a couple weeks, such as sectioning them apart with chicken wire. That way your duck can grow and mature a little bit more and they can get used to each other for a while. Breed doesn't matter, so a pekin would be fine smile.png

I agree...keep them separate for a bit but they should be good to go after some introduction time. I have 3 ducks...each a different kind and they go everywhere together, sleep and play together. Good luck!
Edited by Chuck68 - 5/15/16 at 7:07pm
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