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Advice on starrting a mixed flock of guinea, chicks and ducks please

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by louiseoz, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. louiseoz

    louiseoz Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    I have a 1 x 5 week old guinea fowl, 5 x 6 week old chicks arriving next week and I have the opportunity to get 2x ducklings around the 10 week age. I know that often successfully raising a mixed flock is easier when all the birds have been raised together in the same coup from a young age but I was wondering if I could get some views on this? I wont get any roosters etc- just females. My coop and run at the moment is 12.5m long, 3 m wide and fully enclosed and I live on 2 fenced acres. Obviously i would need to add some nesting boxes for the ducks, high roosting for the guinea fowl and add a few feeding stations to combat competition etc. I don't' want to breed any of the birds, just gets eggs (duck and chook) and have a happy home! Any suggestions or warnings? im just considering the ducks atm.
     
  2. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you onboard the BYC team [​IMG]



    So you want to mix your flock how colorful and exciting for you [​IMG]


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    If you are going to mix your flock you are doing it right [​IMG]


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    These guys like to be in charge they like to think they are the
    Mall security [​IMG]



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    But can work with others [​IMG]

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    But if you are going to have a Rooster you need to do it from
    the beginning as these guys fight as a team [​IMG]


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    But as you can see a mixed bag of birds can work if you have
    the room for them to run around in comfort [​IMG]



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    And everyone just needs their own sleeping quarters [​IMG]

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    Ducks and waterfowl tend to stick to their own group [​IMG]


    Here this is easy to remember first feet to feet this is the
    first brake down then bill's to bill's or beak's then it is
    feathers to feathers ,,,, and if you watch them long
    enough you will see them start to group in just this manner [​IMG]



    Enjoy your flock [​IMG]





    gander007 [​IMG]
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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  4. louiseoz

    louiseoz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much! Excellent link and love the photos :). Looks like I am going to be rather busy for a while [​IMG]xx
     
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Glade we could be of service to you anything else just ask [​IMG]
     

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