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Wintering in Alaska - Ducks, turkeys and chickens

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Can I put my 2 Peking ducks and 5 chickens together in my 10' x 10' enclosure?  When it's too cold to play in water.  How do the ducks do?  I got the ducklings just 10 days ago.  How big should I let them get before I put them in with the chickens?  I don't want to see them get pecked badly.

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You have some valid concerns.  Plastic poultry fence can subdivide a shelter.

 

Some things to consider - if you have male ducks, they will be a danger to the chickens if they try to mate with them (often they do try).

 

Ducks and chickens use water differently.  Some chickens seem to have problems with the condition the water is in after ducks have access to it.

 

Chickens roost.  Ducks (except Muscovies) don't, so the ducks need shelter from poop from above.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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