Hey everybody! I don't have ducks yet, but I hope to soon. We are moving from the suburbs to the country in about a month. So far we have only had some illegal backyard chickens.
. I saw an ad on Craigslist about adopting two make Muscovys. I was already interested in this breed, so I responded to the ad with lots of details. I received this in response. Is this an issue to have chickens and ducks mixed? Is I a problem if you have male and female ducks? Thanks in advance, here's the response to my email:
Hi, Anne Marie! Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful reply. Certainly it would be no trouble for them to stay here until you move to your new place (congratulations!). I am sorry for my delayed reply. The thing I have been wondering about is how these ducks would be with your chickens. I have been warned that they must be kept separate in breeding season (early spring to fall) from chickens; otherwise, they will attempt to mate with the chickens and cause their death from internal injuries. I believe that it is because the breed of drake (Muscovy) is so big that their "attentions" can do such damage. I am not sure you want to have this issue to worry about for so many months of the year (they are too young this year to be showing mating behaviors; I believe they are at most three months of age - juveniles still). It would take a lot of work to have everybody separate, and I don't think that the presence of female Muscovies would protect the chickens from the male Muscovies' "interest". That's what I am thinking about...so, unless you have ideas of solutions, I think the adoption wouldn't work. But thank you for adopting rescue ducks rather than paying breeders!