Thanks for all the info...I am new to ducks and wish I had gotten them before I got chickens. I would have skipped the chickens. I LOVE my ducks.
Funny story about ducks and chickens living together. My duck started laying in the run. I took her eggs. She decided that was not to her liking so she started laying in the coop, UNDER the nest boxes....I figured that was a GOOD place for a nest so I let her start a clutch of eggs under there. The chickens started laying there too. I just took the chicken eggs away...since duck eggs are much larger (and white) it was easy to pick out the brown, blue and green chicken eggs. After she got 10 eggs under there a chicken decided that she wanted to sit on them and hatch some babies. (She was one of the ones laying in the clutch) So she started to sit there and gave the duck a hard time when she came to lay another egg. Once the clutch was 19 eggs the duck started to sit. So now I have a duck and a hen sitting on 19 eggs and shifting them back and forth depending on who was sitting at the moment. 2 weeks into the 30 days ANOTHER chicken, who had been laying there, decided to butt in and sit on the clutch. LOL So I go away for the weekend and assure my boyfriend that the ducklings won't hatch while I was gone. I should have kept my mouth shut. They hatched that night. I get home and boyfriend is yelling "get over here, NOW". I am like "why?" He says "there are ducklings ALL OVER THE PLACE". ROFL. He didn't lie. The 3 mommas were fighting over the ducklings and they were kicking them all over the coop. I gathered them all up. Put them in a laundry basket and took them outside to a secure area. THEN I had to pick up one really peeved Momma duck (watch out for that defensive pooping) and put her out with the ducklings. 19 of 19 hatched. I didn't want that many ducks. Ever. So I sold them as day olds. She was allowed to keep 5 of them. That's enough ducks for my small set up.
I will tell you that she looked and looked and looked for the babies as I sold them. I would go in and catch the ducklings to sell and she was not happy with me at all. I can't imagine if I had taken them all....she never would have forgiven me. Ever.
So I think next time I allow them to hatch ducklings I am going to sell some of the adults and keep the babies, cuz if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Right?