Hi Group: Will chickens and ducks live successfully side by side? I suddenly have an interesting situation. I have my chickens fenced in in a very large part of my orchard with five fruit trees and lots of bushes. I have two coops inside the yard. I also have visiting Mallards when they migrate south to north and north to south twice a year. We live near Matadero Creek in Palo Alto, CA. They are very cute. They run around my yard and eat some scratch I put out once day. Of course they are wild. Although they know they are safe on my property, I would never do anything to harm them or frighten them. They don't stay, so the notion that they won't migrate isn't true in my case. Well, I discovered about 10:30 PM last night one male still sitting in my yard. I saw him earlier in the day, which is not unusual for one to hang around a little longer, but this late at night. They others came this morning and then left. It's three hours later and this guy is still here. He has food and water, and I'm thinking a bad wing. I'll watch him for a while longer and see what happens. Should I let him just live in the yard? Won't he get lonely? Should I try to get them into the chicken yard? Thanks... Geri in the San Francisco Bay Area.