Can call ducks live with full sized hens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fowlfriend98, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. fowlfriend98

    fowlfriend98 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm thinking about getting a few call ducks and was wonder, could they live with my size hens? If so do they need a different kind of food or can they eat the what my hens eat??
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I would not house call ducks with full size hens. Chickens can peck the day lights out of ducks and calls being so small would most likely not fare well. I'd make an area just for the ducks with their own secure house and run. Some may beg to differ but having Muscovy and LF hens I would not house them together and my ducks get large. Plus ducks are very messy and chickens would not appreciate the mess. But they can eat the same feed as chickens but as ducklings they will need extra niacin for the first 10-12 weeks of their lives. [​IMG]
     
  3. denise91

    denise91 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would not recommend housing call ducks and hens together. My hens and call ducks tolerate each other as long as there's room to avoid each other. But if they get to close the hens will charge and peck. They eat the same feed but ducks prefer their food wet.
     
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  5. sebastopol

    sebastopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I think this is one with a massive amount of variables and requires one to be prepared to change it if needed, generally it's better not to mix extreme sizings BUT it depends when raised together things may mesh better, and/or decent room etc.

    They can eat pullet/chicken growers and if females a layer all that said and done, calls adore water and will need a place to swim, plus being ducks they are still mud magnets, my quad of calls have turned a 10x10 run into almost mud lol

    I don't keep my calls with anyone, it's just them alone. Some of my scovies girls wander around the outside of their pen and my big hens do as well but nobody can actually touch anybody, frankly my drake is quite protective of his flock of girls and would have no trouble taking on a larger bird. As well a drake call will try and mate with your hens, we had some bantam silkie roos running about who tried my scovies hens on.. [​IMG] she was so not impressed, we finally just penned them off since they were annoying lol Bantam birds are definitely NOT aware of their size which can get them into trouble sometimes.
     
  7. Chickenesta

    Chickenesta Out Of The Brooder

    I am presently raising 4 call duck, 2 weeks old in a brooder area next to my Hedemora, Breda, Barnsvelder and cuckoo Marans. The ducks are very bossy if a chick flys up and stands on the dividers. Chicks jump back in there area right away. Not sure how this will work later. The call ducks are super cute though.
     
  8. Chevalia's feathered farm

    Chevalia's feathered farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my Indian runners and call ducks all living together in my chicken coop full of Silkies, Wyandotte and Americanas. The chickens were raised with my ducks so they all get along great, they follow my male Indian runner like he is the big rooster of the flock. lol. They all love the food I give them which is cooked oatmeal mixed with corn and peas, switching it up with giving them salad bowls with vegetables in it. They also get to free range on my 13 acre ranch.
     

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