Originally Posted by Farm girl 1465
What are you feeding the chicks and ducklings while they are together??? Chick start or is there a general poultry starter??? We are considering adding 2 ducklings to our chick order this spring.
We will have 15 chicks and 2 ducklings Any advice would be great! Do the ducklings come out of the brooder earlier than the chicks? They will all eventually share a coop, outside run and would spend a good part of each day Free ranging
We feed both our ducks and chickens organic layer pellets. They don't like the mash. When they were babies we used a starter mash for both.
The ducks will grow much faster then the chicks but should not be put outside until 4 weeks old. They normally get oil from their mother but when ordered they have to develop it themselves. The chicks mature much slower and we noticed they were half the size of the ducks at 4 weeks so kept them inside in a pen for another 4 weeks.
We have 12 ducks (6 Cayuga/5 white layers & the drake is white layer), 18 laying hens (combo of buff orpingtons, blue/silver orpingtons, and australops), and the rooster is a Barnevelder (our buff orpington rooster died and this was the best replacement we could get as it was off season for ordering - picked him up at a "chicken swap"). We are adding 6 sex links due in tomorrow w/another 6 Cayugas - all female.
Currently we have an australop who just had a baby and we are curious to see what he/she will look like as it gets older. Right now it is just a puff ball that is black with a tinge of yellow on its chest. Mom and chick are currently occupying an "Eglo" inside the chicken house to protect the baby from the big ones.
We have both a chicken house and a duck house. Ducks need water 24/7 and we live in the NE so... the inside pool is heated during the winter. During the rest of the time they also have a "dog pool" that fits about 6-7 of them at a time in addition to their inside pool. Chickens need roosts, unlike ducks, so their house is set up to suit their needs w/laying boxes. Ducks will lay anywhere they want to! During the day the all go into each others space but at night... chickens go to their digs and the ducks go to theirs.
Ours are free-ranged over 2 acres but are behind an electric fence due to the "wildlife" that we have here. Too many foxes, coyotes, racoons, fisher cats, etc., to let them wander too far when we are not home. They all get along fine... I've never seen my drake or rooster go after the other ones "territory" so to speak.
All and all we've had a great experience with both the ducks and chickens but must admit the ducks are more amusing to watch - great personalities!
Good luck... they should be fine together... at least that is our experience.