Can ducks and chickens live together in a coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickadee-23, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Chickadee-23

    Chickadee-23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im getting 2 mallard baby ducks and 6 laying buff orpington chicks when my local feed store gets them in. My dads getting 3 of the chicks. I'm raise them both in same brooder I was wondering can they all get along in coop together? any other info on this be good thanks in advance! Be my first time owning ducks I also did research! :)
     
  2. KingOfTheCoop02

    KingOfTheCoop02 Out Of The Brooder

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    Some peogle do this successfully but I strongly recommend AGAINST keeping chickens with ducks... or with any other type of poultry for that matter.

    The chickens don't like the ducks and the ducks don't like the chickens. They fight and make each other unhappy so they are stressed and don't lay well. The ducks mess up the chicken pen and make it all wet, and the chickens bully them and eat all the food.

    There is also the strong possibility of drakes and roosters fighting, and if a drake attempts to mate a hen he will likely kill her due to the difference of the reproductive organs between drakes and roosters.

    I love both chickens and ducks and if you want to give them good treatment then you will give them separate pens. Good luck... I hope you can work something out! [​IMG]

    PS If they are brooded together it is possible that will get along however the issue of dampness still exists.
     
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  3. micah wotring

    micah wotring Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had one duck scalped by my chickens. I now keep them in separate pens.
    Same as what @KingOfTheCoop02 said: I wouldn't recommend it
     
  4. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 chickens and 6 ducks all living together. I don't have any roosters, and only one drake. I've never had a problem with the chickens and ducks fighting, or with the drake trying to mate the chickens. For the most part, the ducks stay together and the chickens stay together. While I do have to clean the coop a lot more often due to the ducks messiness, I haven't had any other issues.

    My original flock was 2 baby Rouens and 7 assorted chicks, and they were really cute growing up together. They'd sleep all snuggled up together in a pile. Usually the ducklings were on the bottom of the pile and the chickens used them as pillows.
     

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