Any issues having ducks and chickens live together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by coggonobrien, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. coggonobrien

    coggonobrien Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 6 gold start chicks and 6 white pekin ducklings arriving together. Can they live in the same facility as long as it's kept clean?

    Thanks
    David
     
  2. murphyfarm

    murphyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can house ducks and chickens together, but I would move the ducks to a different brooder as soon as they get bigger then the chicks, because they will accidentally run them over. During the first few weeks be very careful to change the water everyday and make sure the ducks can dip their snouts all the way into the water but the chicks can't drown. Good luck!!
     
  3. KrisCVT

    KrisCVT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I separated mine after about 48 hours together- the ducklings are just TOO messy. And I only had 2 ducklings with 6 chicks. I put their cages right next to each other (I used rabbit cages/guinea pig cages you get at petstore) because the ducklings were very attached to the chicks. Once they were apart, it was easier to clean. It is not good for chicks to be damp- and they need clean water which is impossible with ducks around.
    Chicks were a breeze to keep tidy...ducks grew FAST and got moved to a dog crate in my basement, and into an outdoor pen during the day once they were feathered.....they were just too stinky and messy.
     
  4. coggonobrien

    coggonobrien Out Of The Brooder

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    gotcha, thanks folks
     
  5. Scotr3

    Scotr3 New Egg

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    ok, and what about introducing 2 Indian runners into an already established Chicken coop? I've had my Chickens for 3 years, adding more as older layers stopped. Now we are wanting to do Duck eggs, and until I figure out if they are all they crack up to be I don't want to build another separate coop.
     
  6. coggonobrien

    coggonobrien Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe I'm lucky, I'm building my coop in my dairy barn and we have a trench train from the old barn cleaner I can spray the waste into.
     
  7. Tonia K

    Tonia K Out Of The Brooder

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    Best advice /tips on raising duckling and chicks together in a brooder? I got the 4 of them a week ago. Yes the ducks are messy but I only have 1 heat lamp. So for now they are in a large tote. Will raising up the water help keep it cleaner. Not to high so the chicks can't reach of course. Any tips or advice welcomed!
     
  8. murphyfarm

    murphyfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonia- There is a very good waterer for both ducks and chicks made out of a milk cartonthe link is https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duckling-care-brooder-ideas .
    Scotr3- I introduced two runner ducks to my chickens a few years ago, but one was attacked by a coyote and died. The other is my meanest chicken's best friend and refuses to be separated. I would give it a go, but be careful of bullying!!
     
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  9. Tonia K

    Tonia K Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks murphyfarm that link had a lot of great info! I appreciate you responding.
     
  10. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do not brood the chicks and ducklings together and then you can raise them together outside. You do not want drakes thinking chicken hens are just as good for breeding as duck hens because their anatomy will kill a chicken if they breed them. This is usually only a problem when they are raised together as babies and don't understand that chickens are not ducks. As long as a drake has hen ducks to breed he should not go after the hen chickens.
     
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