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Chickens and ducks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by darajosami, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Can you house ducks and chickens together? I would love ducks but only have one coop.
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

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    I'm not 100% on this, but I seem to recall reading somewhere in at the forum that it is not advisable to house ducks and chickens together...if I come across anything definitive I'll post here for you.
     
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    As long as don't have a drake with hens/chickens u should be fine
     
  4. Well I would love to breed chickens and ducks so I will need a new pen for the ducks.

    Another question, I free range my chickens and want to do the same with my ducks. I have 4 acres but does that mean I need to have separate runs for both?
     
  5. donnavee

    donnavee Songster 9 Years

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    I think it depends on their personality. We have chickens and after a couple of years got ducks. We don't house them together, but they do free range together during the day with no problems. We also have 2 drakes, a Magpie & a Cayuga and they have never looked twice at our hens, except to get out of the way. The hens rule over our ducks - possibly because we had them first.
     
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    The reason why u don't want to have a drake with hens is because they have a different reproduction systems and if they try to mate it could hurt the hen u could have females with the drakes and they might not try it because they have there own females
     
  7. So is that a not advisable for free ranging them together?
     
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    As long as u have female ducks while there free rangeing I wouldn't worry to much
     
  9. J at Yoti Farms

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    We have 4 ducks and our 40 chickens together and they are fine. The ducks rule here. They were bought at the same time, 3 days old, and now at 4 months the chickens still follow the ducks around the yard.
     
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    There all drakes
     

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