Originally Posted by raymondjames
i think ive decided on changing my male crested to a female. but if he has duck girls will he only court them? also i plan on putting their closed off brooder in the coop. see interaction. it will influence when theyll go out. if chickens love them to pieces, maybe a bit younger introduction. if they hate them, maybe a lot later.
How did it go with the ducks and chickens? When I first bought chickens earlier this spring, the feed store was also offering ducks so I couldn't resist Anyway, I raised my 4 hens and 1 duck together in the brooder and eventually turned them out into the coop together. I had no idea the sex of the duck but I was hoping for a hen. Of course, with my luck, HE turned out to be Paul, the Pekin drake. At 3 months he began trying to mate the chickens. Everyone on here said re-home him. It was sad, but necessary. He has a great life out in Caldwell living with a lady who works at the hatchery he was originally born at. Almost all the stories I read about drakes with chicken hens ended in disaster. I would NEVER reccomend housing drakes with chickens, even if they did have a couple females. Not all drakes will want to mate all female ducks. If you had a couple chicken roosters you might be okay but even then....if it were me, I'd go ducks with ducks and chickens with chickens unless they are free range in a wide area.
As it is, I now have my 4 original pullets and an older hen I got off an old friend of mine. Paul having been re-homed, I bought 2 brand new Indian Runner females from a hatchery. They are GORGEOUS. They are 4 weeks now and it is warm enough that they are living outside in their doghouse in the same run that my chickens and chicken house are. So far, I have been keeping them in the doghouse with the door shut so the chickens can't pester them. They are still a little small to defend themselves. I let them have supervised free range time, and the ducks are slowly getting used to living with the hens around (they've recieved a few pecks but nothing bad). I've not left them alone unsupervised though. The city ordinance says no roosters so this all-female flock will have to get along eventually. I'm taking a nice slow approach with the ducks, but does anyone have any other hints on integrating them? They have imprinted pretty strongly on me as well. Sorry this was a novel....