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chcikens and ducks cohabitating

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by trailhound, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. trailhound

    trailhound Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    I currently have a nice flock of hens and would like to add a few ducks-primarily just for fun- not meat or eggs. Can they co-habitat with my hens? Will they walk up the ramp into the house? Are food requirements close enough that ducks can eat the chicken feed considering they free range all day? Do they have to have water- and if I don't give them a kiddie pool will they swim in my stock drinking tanks and make a mess of the drinking water? Will they stay out of the drinking tanks if I give them a kiddy pool?

  2. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Songster

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    Yes, you can put ducks with chickens I have them with mine, and you can feed them the same. I buy a mash that is mixed for both. Unless it gets very cold your ducks may not want to be in a coop. Mine are active all through the night at different times. It is not necessary that they can swim though it is fun to watch them and they enjoy it. They will make a mess of water though. They must have plenty of fresh water to eat and they like to wash their food which makes a mess.

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