Chickens and other birds??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mhegge, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. mhegge

    mhegge Chirping

    Sep 2, 2015
    A friend asked me if I would be interested in some "turkey ducks", an apparent cross. Now, she isn't very animal knowledgeable as her hubby does all the animal stuff, so is she talking about muscovy ducks?? If so, can I have them and house them with my chickens? I have 5 hens and a rooster and they are only cooped at night, otherwise they free range. We have 3 acres and a nice pond with fish and frogs amd I'm not worried about space, but rather, would the 2 birds be ok together and does anyone know what a "turkey duck" is??

  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Generally ducks don't coop well with chickens; separate digs are best. Ducks need deep water dishes, and make a wet mess around them. Chickens don't do well in wet bedding. Drakes can severely injure hens if they try to mate with them, also not good. Many people have both chickens and ducks and enjoy both, so there's no reason not to have them, as long as everyone's needs are met. Mary
  3. mhegge

    mhegge Chirping

    Sep 2, 2015
    So just having separate coops would be enough then? They could free range together?
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I'd find out exactly what kind of ducks they are and do some due diligence by researching their housing and feed needs.
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