Keeping ducks and chickens together.

Don't let Any one deter you from this!
  1. Ming Ming
    Ducks and chickens are very social creatures and need bond with those around them. They are very similar in some ways. Don't let someone tell you its its a bad idea to let them co-exist. Its can be, but not if you really want it to work. Reasons it's bad to the average Joe
    - ducks are messy with water and chickens can't live in damp climates
    - They eat different feeds
    -Ducks can be aggressive towards chickens and vis versa

    I have found a way around all of this!
    First, the water. For this I found that PVC pipe automatic waters are great, No mess, always clean and lasts.
    Just install this and have a small pond somewhere away from the coop. And don't worry, ducks use it too!.
    And for the feed, just get all-flock feed! Its the same price and is for ducks,geese and chickens. you should be able to find it in your local co-op.
    And don't worry about the aggressiveness! it all works out, its just nature.
    JUST MAKE SURE- they sleep in different houses. Chicken coop, And a simple dog house full of straw for the ducks! upload_2017-8-4_11-11-53.jpeg

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  1. hooktontravel
    I have mine sleep together. tiny flock... it's down to 5 since my duck got eggbound and died, but the drake still sleeps with the chickens. they roost, he's on the floor. no food or water inside the house, and I made bucket feeders with PVC elbows so they are outside. We have buckets to drink from, and the duck has a small rectangle 'splash pad' (roughly the size of one of those dish-bussing bins, but it came from a hardware store). This way he can bathe and take care of bugs, have veggies in his water, etc and not make a huge mess for everyone else. My pen is 200 linear feet of fencing, and I move it every couple of months. I use deep bedding & intend to let it compost in the house, so i just stir it every few weeks with a pitchfork to make up for what the chickens don't scratch through. I just set some more duck eggs in hopes of getting a new duckling!! I have enough chickens for now. The drake likes to perch on a 2x4 by the big window in the coop and keep watch. He's a good guard duck, and helps the rooster with watch duties!

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