can you keep ducks and chickens together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by busybychoice, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. terriw

    terriw In the Brooder

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    Reading through this I was wondering if they can free range ok but have different coops? I have 11 hens and 2 roosters. I was thinking about getting 2 ducks to start off with.
     
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  2. blecky slars

    blecky slars In the Brooder

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    Do I need to worry about the baby chicks drowning in the duckling's pool? Should I wait to fill it til the chicks are grown a bit or have it above ground so they don't fall in? or will the chicks just naturally stay out of it? I am assuming a duck can basically go in at birth. We are getting ours today, and now I am getting excited/nervous! :D
     
  3. NH-Chooks

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    Sadly, yes, blecky slars, and we had this experience just recently out in the chicken/duck area. We thought the baby chicks (there were two) were safe w/the mother BUT one of the babies jumped up on the mother, into the water, and drowned.

    At first we could not figure out how it got in until we watched the other baby climb up on its mothers back. So do be careful. We keep the mother and her chick(s) separate at night but let them roam together during the day as they are free ranged here w/the ducks.

    By the way... baby ducks CANNOT go in the water from birth unless raised by the mother duck! It takes them up to 4 weeks to start creating the oil for their feathers that protects them.

    The ducks will grow much faster then the chicks... I have a pen for each w/heat lamp, etc., and with the ducks I use a small square glad container w/a corner cut off as the need water all the time along w/a food container (same as chickens). For the chicks I have a mini version of both the water and food container(s) for their pen.

    Our grown ducks and chickens do their thing... babies have to learn!

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. claudiag

    claudiag Hatching

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    Hi,
    We have 16 ducklings, almost a week old. We got them at one day old. We were thinking that they should be getting out & enjoying the outside as opposed to a brooder box in our entranceway. Started giving them dandelion greens. Gave them lettuce & then thought I don't want them free ranging in the veggie garden (will this be a concern & herb beds?). We were thinking about putting them in the run/coop with our 3/ 4 week meat chicks (38). Do you think they would be fine together? We have a kiddie pool we can give them. Our hopes were to eventually let the ducks free range with an island retreat in the middle of our pond. We also seem to have a resident muskrat in our pond. Would he be a possible predator as these ducks are for meat for us?
    thanks,
    Claudia
     
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  5. NH-Chooks

    NH-Chooks In the Brooder

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  6. blecky slars

    blecky slars In the Brooder

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    I am so sorry for your little chicks - so sad!

    Thank you for the reply! I am glad we waited! We put the kiddie pool outside the coop and let them free range during the day. It did take at least a couple weeks for their oil to get worked in, just as you stated.

    and they are GIANTS compared to our chickens! I can't believe they fit in a little egg just last month :)

    Best wishes for the rest of you flock!
     
  7. blecky slars

    blecky slars In the Brooder

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    We let the two ducks free range during the day and keep the pool outside so the chicks can't get to it, and it has been working out perfectly! :D
     
  8. blecky slars

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    Our ducks were basically the same age as our chickens, so it was no difficulty putting them together.
     
  9. blecky slars

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    The first things my ducks went for were the petunias. Little rebels!
     

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