Our family are newbies at this whole bird raising deal.
Currently we have nine 8wk old Australorps and 2 Khaki Campbells (male and female, we think). The chickens are on medicated feed (Purina Start and Grow) and the ducks are on unmedicated feed (Purina Flockraiser).
I have some questions:
(1) Is it advisable to raise them together in the same coop/run?
Currenty, they are inside the coop in construction. The coop itself will be around 32sqft and the run (this is the outside of the coop where they will roam around in, right?) is around 150sqft. Since last week, we have been letting the chickens out during the day inside a separate fenced area (outside of their run) and the ducks are out in the run with the little kiddie pool. We bring all the birds in at night.
The reason we are keeping them separated right now is because the chickens are still on medicated feed and the ducks aren't. The lady at the feed store said that the medicated feed for the chickens kills the ducks and I am afraid that some of the medication may shed in the chicken poop and the ducks might accidentally ingest it if they are sharing the same run right now. Am I using faulty logic here? I also have a few questions regarding that.
(2) If the answer to the 1st question is, yes they can all be together, at which point can you let them start sharing housing?
(3) Going back to the medicated/unmedicated feed topic... which is the best route to take and for how long?
- Medicated feed for chickens ONLY up until X weeks.
- Medicated feed for both chickens AND ducks. If so, is it safe to switch the ducks to medicated feed now when they started on unmedicated feed? Up to how long?
- Unmedicated feed for both chickens and ducks.
I think that is it for now. Thank you for your time.