Brooding Ducks + Chickens Together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lanegrove, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Lanegrove

    Lanegrove In the Brooder

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    Hi y'all!

    I am completely new to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING backyard chickens. We are about to complete our set up, and my boyfriend began to wonder about ducks as well.

    Can you raise ducklings with chicks? Do they have to be in separate sanctuaries?
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Welcome to BYC!

    I will sometimes brood a small number of ducklings with chicks, but they do make such a mess that it really would be best to brood them separately.
     
  3. Lanegrove

    Lanegrove In the Brooder

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    How about when they're older? Is it best to have them separated then, or can they tolerate each other? LOL
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Mine free range together.
     
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  5. TeeMom

    TeeMom Songster

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    I wouldn't brood them together because of the mess as @casportpony suggested, but also because ducklings will outgrow chicks so quickly and soon tower over them possibly causing issues that way. I do house my adult chickens and ducks together, however and so far they have lived quite harmoniously. They do have unlimited free ranging every day allowing them to spread out at will, so really they only spend night times together and then intermingle and cross paths as they forage during the days. A different setup may garner less success and so a backup plan may be a good idea.
     
  6. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I think you will find that things change when your birds (chickens and ducks both) hit sexual maturity. Depending on if they are males/females and how much space they have it may or may not continue to work with them all together.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I. Keep them separated at all times..My Ducks hate my Chickens. Ducklings are to wet and dirty to Brood with Chicks.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    :goodpost::goodpost::goodpost::goodpost::goodpost::goodpost:
     
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