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I'm thinking of getting a couple of ducklings but I've never raised ducks before. Can someone give me some advise on caring and feeding also can a duck be raised in the same pen with chickens when they are older ?
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Yes you can keep them with chicken , keeping ducks is almost the same as chickens expect they need a tub or pond and a little bit louder (depend on breed) and eat more and alot cuter
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I'm thinking of getting a couple of ducklings but I've never raised ducks before. Can someone give me some advise on caring and feeding also can a duck be raised in the same pen with chickens when they are older ?


From what I have read, it depends on the ducks and the chickens.  Drakes (males) can be a danger to chickens if they try to mate with them.

 

If they are all females, it could work out better.

 

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Here is a like with great advise  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711

 

 

As for keeping ducks and chickens in the same pen that will determine on what breed of chicken you have[some chickens can be very aggressive towards ducks]I have a couple BA's that will chase and scare my ducks, and if you have a drake. as Amiga said Drakes can try and will mate with chicken hen if they don't have enough female ducks to keep them happy [rec. 3-4 female ducks to every drake] So I would not rec getting ducks unless you can keep them in separate pen or only get females. I have chickens and ducks and drake but my drake has plenty of ducks and has never shown any interest in mating with a hen. They free range in a large fenced property too. But at night they all have their own sleeping quarters.

 

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 Western N.C ~ 17 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 8 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

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Thanks everyone!
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