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post #1 of 17
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Hi All,

 

I have been a proud chicken owner for many years and would like to try to add a couple of ducks to my flock.  Is this possible? Do they they typically get along?

 

I only want two.  Can I have two females or is it better having one of each?

1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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post #2 of 17

You certain;y can keep them together! Many many people do it with no problems at all! I have a frined who keeps two ducks with his flock of nearly 20 chickens and they all got along just great. As far as male and female, I would say it's up to you. Do you want ducklings? if so, get one of each. You can still get one of each and not have ducklings, simply gather their eggs. It is totally up to you but YES you can keep them with chickens.

Proud owner of 1 dog now (God bless Sam, my friend of 15 years), 2 cats (with more personality than they can handle), and 9 chickens with more to come in the future!!  My flock consists of 6 Golden Comets and 3 Black Sex Links. Next Spring I plan to add some Old English Game Bantams, Kraienkoppes, Black Sumatras and Guineas to the flock!!
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Proud owner of 1 dog now (God bless Sam, my friend of 15 years), 2 cats (with more personality than they can handle), and 9 chickens with more to come in the future!!  My flock consists of 6 Golden Comets and 3 Black Sex Links. Next Spring I plan to add some Old English Game Bantams, Kraienkoppes, Black Sumatras and Guineas to the flock!!
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Originally Posted by jaimslee4u View Post

Hi All,

 

I have been a proud chicken owner for many years and would like to try to add a couple of ducks to my flock.  Is this possible?  Yes it's very much possible. Do they they typically get along?It has worked for many owners. 

 

I only want two.  Can I have two females or is it better having one of each Either one would work but not having a drake would eliminate the risk of any breeding damages to hens. 


You can also read my article about mixing the two. http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duck-and-chickens-pros-and-cons

 

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 Say NO to Crested Ducks!                     Common Chicken Practices          Learn more about Avian Influenza

 

 

"Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live."

— Gianni Versace

 

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post #4 of 17
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Thank you so much for your replies! I am super psyched for duckling season, ha ha!

 

1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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1 Buff Orph, 2 Splash Orph's,  1 Barred Rocks, 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Light Brahma's, 2 Greyhounds, 2 Sugar Gliders, 2 Teil's, 1 Gecko, some fish, 3 kids, and a husband!
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post #5 of 17
I keep ducks and chickens together. They even sleep in the same coop. I brooded them together, too. Mant people say that can't be done, but it worked well for me. At one point, my brooder had chicks from three different age groups, some guineas and some ducks! They all get along great. I do keep the water out of the chicken coop and have lots of roosting space for the chickens.

Animal trainer, mother of three, and avid fowl enthusiast. We call our homestead "Poultry-in-Motion". We breed Icelandic chickens, Welsh Harlequin ducks, and an assortment of turkeys.

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Animal trainer, mother of three, and avid fowl enthusiast. We call our homestead "Poultry-in-Motion". We breed Icelandic chickens, Welsh Harlequin ducks, and an assortment of turkeys.

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post #6 of 17
I would avoid getting a drake if you can. My drake harrasses my chickens. For my female duck, she gets along great with all the chickens. My drake does as well, unless he is trying to mate them. My roosters do not like the drake, so they stay clear of him.

Ducks are extremely messy, so if you have fancy chickens, I would suggest avoiding ducks. They like to nibble on the chickens when they are drinking at the same time, so my silkies can get quite messy.

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Breeding: Silkies (BBS, White & Partridge), Heritage Plymouth Rocks (Silver Pencilled & Barred),Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, and Mottled Houdans. 

 

Visit our COOP Page! 

 

Raising CX Free Range ~ Poultry Sexing Tips ~ Raising Chickens Naturally ~ Our Flock Pictures

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post #7 of 17


X 2  ducks are slobs. Aoxa, I can't believe you have a pool in there with them.
 

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I would avoid getting a drake if you can. My drake harrasses my chickens. For my female duck, she gets along great with all the chickens. My drake does as well, unless he is trying to mate them. My roosters do not like the drake, so they stay clear of him.
Ducks are extremely messy, so if you have fancy chickens, I would suggest avoiding ducks. They like to nibble on the chickens when they are drinking at the same time, so my silkies can get quite messy.
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DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

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DOGS: 4 Shih Tzu, 1 Papillon, 1 Great Pyrenees

CHICKENS: 1 BO, 2 EE, 2 WLH, blue and splash JG, plus various aged JG, BO, JG/BO and JG/EE chicks.   

DUCKS: Muscovy ducks: Adults, juveniles and ducklings.  Pekin ducks

 

Some threads started with basic info.

Picking a duck breed, where to buy, what genders to get

Raising and caring for ducklings

 

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post #8 of 17
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X 2  ducks are slobs. Aoxa, I can't believe you have a pool in there with them.

 



It's emptied. My roof leaks in the barn, so it collects the drips too tongue.png The barn is their daytime hangout in the winter.

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this is where it usually is.
Edited by aoxa - 2/24/12 at 6:37am

Breeding: Silkies (BBS, White & Partridge), Heritage Plymouth Rocks (Silver Pencilled & Barred),Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, and Mottled Houdans. 

 

Visit our COOP Page! 

 

Raising CX Free Range ~ Poultry Sexing Tips ~ Raising Chickens Naturally ~ Our Flock Pictures

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Breeding: Silkies (BBS, White & Partridge), Heritage Plymouth Rocks (Silver Pencilled & Barred),Easter Eggers, Naked Necks, Buckeyes, and Mottled Houdans. 

 

Visit our COOP Page! 

 

Raising CX Free Range ~ Poultry Sexing Tips ~ Raising Chickens Naturally ~ Our Flock Pictures

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post #9 of 17

The lady I got my ducks from had her chickens, ducks and goose all together. So I don't see why not. I would keep mine all together. But my goose don't get along with my chickens. So I just have the ducks with my goose.

Tina
wife to one loving husband, SAHM to 3 wonderful kids, 2 dogs (1 lab mix & 1 pom puppy), 3 silly cats, 1 turtle 1 rabbit, 14 crazy chickens, 7 cute chicks, 1 goose and 3 ducks

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Tina
wife to one loving husband, SAHM to 3 wonderful kids, 2 dogs (1 lab mix & 1 pom puppy), 3 silly cats, 1 turtle 1 rabbit, 14 crazy chickens, 7 cute chicks, 1 goose and 3 ducks

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post #10 of 17

I have 5 ducks with my flock. They were actually 1st. They all get along just fine and we had no problems.

34 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 3 horses, 2 mules, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 Great husband, 1 awesome daughter & 1 incredible son..I have a very blessed life..GOD is good always!
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34 hens, 2 roosters, 5 ducks, 3 horses, 2 mules, 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 Great husband, 1 awesome daughter & 1 incredible son..I have a very blessed life..GOD is good always!
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