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I know someone started a thread a few days ago about keeping chickens and ducks together, but I don't remember if it included information on feeding them. I am interested in housing chickens and Mandrins (possibly) in the same aviary (22 x 16 feet). Has anyone done this, and do they try to each eachothers food? The layer feed would have calcium in it, and I know the Mandrins only need it during laying season. I just want to make sure this is possible to do without harming either of the flocks.

I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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post #2 of 13

I feed my chickens and ducks (magpies) the same mix and never had a problem. the hens are healthy and laying every day.

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post #3 of 13

i know nothing of keeping ducks and chickens togather so this should help me out (i am getting ducks soon)

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My chickens and ducks (Saxony and Runners) and geese share a large run. I put out layer pellets that everyone eats. Egg laying seems good overall. I do throw whole corn to the waterfowl when I throw scratch to the chickens, but that really is the only thing I do different.

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Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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Seeking blessings found in the old ways.

Too many birds! Breeding groups of these for 2013: Silver Grey Dorkings, Red Dorkings, Wheaten Marans, Blue/Black/Splash LF Cochin, Saxony ducks, Muscovy ducks, Embden geese. Ohio NPIP certified #31-425.

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I have been feeding my adult chickens and ducks the same feed for years with no problems.  Baby chicks and ducklings are housed separately and they eat different feed.

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #6 of 13

Same here. Ducks and chickens get same food, they are on layer feed, and I have free choice oyster shells and their own shells ground up, as they are all laying. The drake eats the layer feed as well, but he doesn't touch the calcium (shells). They get the same veggies and treats, they all LOVE mealworms, and the ducks also get corn kernels when the hens get scratch.

3 Mallards, 2 Rouens (1 drake),  Jumbo Pekin, Welsh Harlequin, 8 hens - RIRs, Gold-laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, Buff Brahma, Welsummer, 2 Roo's - Delaware, Speckled Sussex, 1 lovable old dog, 2 geckos, 2 snakes, 2 goldfish, 1 male Beta

RIP Ghost, Gene and Onyx - we miss you girls

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3 Mallards, 2 Rouens (1 drake),  Jumbo Pekin, Welsh Harlequin, 8 hens - RIRs, Gold-laced Wyandotte, Buff Orpington, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, Buff Brahma, Welsummer, 2 Roo's - Delaware, Speckled Sussex, 1 lovable old dog, 2 geckos, 2 snakes, 2 goldfish, 1 male Beta

RIP Ghost, Gene and Onyx - we miss you girls

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post #7 of 13
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Even the oranmentals that don't lay all year? How handy is that!!

I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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I'v had a backyard flock for about two years. I have a Leghorn, a Production Red, a Barred Rock, a French Copper Marans, an EE, two OE, an Ameraucana, Buff Brahma, and a BLRW. And two Rouen ducks and a mess of pigeons. And a partridge in a pear tree.......

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post #8 of 13

can i ask what is scratch?

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can i ask what is scratch?

Scratch is a mix of cracked corn and grains of some kind. Not a complete diet for water fowl, I think on my bag of scracth it say it should not be more than 10% of their diet. 

Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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Living in the Beautiful Mountains of Western N.C.. with 16 chickens= EE's, Game, Cochin bantams,Light Brahma,  Black Australorps . 13Muscovy ducks, 1 Embden Gander,2 Toulouse geese 1 American Buff, 3 mini Dachshunds, 1 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..
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post #10 of 13

Well mine are not housed together BUT i feed them all the same, i use a flock raiser with oyster shell free choice.

~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks-      

                                                     

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens-

 

 Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

As well as Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

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~ Firefly Farms home to

 

Ducks-      

                                                     

Muscovy, Calls, Buff orpington & Pekin  

 

Chickens-

 

 Ameraucana, Ameraucana x(ie Easter Eggers), Silkies, Malines, Bielefelder & Bantam Cochin

 

As well as Miniature horses, Sheep & lionhead rabbits, Plus fish, dogs, cats & parrots.

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