Welcome to BYC!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?
How about when they're older? Is it best to have them separated then, or can they tolerate each other? LOLWelcome 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.
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.