Can ducks live in the same coop a chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by I-Have-Happy-Hens, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Ok we Have 11 hens and 1 silkie roo in 1 coop, They are all mine. My mom likes ducks and would like to have 1 Cayuga hen.

    I would like to get her one for her birthday, and wanted to know if they can live together?

    Thanks
     
  2. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 20, 2010
    Ohio
    The can live together just fine, but it will be much messier. And you should be careful that the duck doesn't get the silkies too wet. How big is the coop?
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I believe it would be better if you could split the coop in half so that the duck would have her own space and the chickens theirs. Ducks really are messy, maybe get the duck a room mate.
     
  4. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 chickens and then got 2 bantam ducks - thinking they would become one big happy family. The ducks don't mind the chickens - except when they chase them. DH finally built a separate space for the ducks. Of course, Cayauga are larger so the chickens might not bother it so much - but I think you should get her another friend. Good luck, and I think you are sweet to get your Mom such a nice gift.
     
  5. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three call ducks in with 11 hens and 4 roo's in an 8x8 coop... they all seem fine and content...

    The little call's will be moving soon though.... I have a little coop underway for them!
     
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  6. jessylee

    jessylee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens were 6 months and 1 year when we got our 6 week old muscovies and now the muscovies are full grown now and I believe they think the chickens are their mom's! Hehehehe In fact they all cuddle up at night together. SO cute! The only aggression I have seen is from my "grouchy" Chicken Ester, but she runs everyone off. I think mostly for fun, the muscovies are now bigger then her but never stand their ground. I do believe I may owe it to my chickens, the fact that the ducks load up every night no problem! Hope this helps! Good Luck!
     
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  7. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    Quote:We used to heep about 100 muscovy ducks with about 200 egg chickens In the same big hen house and the only problem was that the muscovys would steal chicken eggs to brood and if you let them they would tie up all the laying boxes with their nests. also the muscovy hens would take over all the top roost bars every night. (yes Muscovy love to roost if they aren't trying to start a family, they are tree ducks in the wild)
     
  8. sab

    sab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 hens and a pekin duck. They were raised together. The duck thinks she's a chicken. The chickens go where the duck goes. The duck goes where the chickens go. The duck 'patrols' for the chickens while they sleep. It's just precious to watch them. I can pick up a chicken or the duck and start walking and they all follow cause they are a flock. If the duck could get up into the roosting area of the hutch, she would. I agree, it would be much dirtier. Big poop. When I build a new coop this spring, however, I will make it so the duck can join her flock - dirtier or not. She sleeps under the roosting area now and stands guard. The duck won't go in the pond. The chickens will get their feet wet on the edge of the pond, unlike the duck who won't even step in it. The duck does play in a tub of water and the chickens often roost on the sides while the duck splashes around. In particular, if I go out to the coop in the night during these very cold nights to check on them, there will be Duck-Duck pacing around the heat lamp and her water tub and there with her will be her sidekick, Hazel. Hazel will sleep outside the coop just to be with Duck-Duck. Although, last night when the temps dropped into the single digits, they both were where they were suppose to be and that was not together. I can pick up Hazel and put her back in the roost to sleep and she will come right back down to be with Duck-Duck. Cute, cute, cute....
     

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