Chickens, ducks, geese together?

Laura78

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
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Snohomish County, WA
Ok so right now I've got eleven 3-4 wk old chickens, four 10 day old ducklings, and two 3 day old ducklings. Everyone gets along great so far. I've been thinking of getting 1-2 geese for flock protection, or at least an alarm. Do geese do ok with chickens? I know that if there's no aggressive ducks or chickens those 2 will be ok and that ducks and geese are normally ok together. I'll be raising the geese with the other birds, so I'm thinking it might work. We've already talked that any overly aggressive birds will be eaten by either us or our dogs. We've got a small pond for the water fowl and will be putting the run around that, it will be filtered to help keep it clean.
 

twotmama

In the Brooder
10 Years
Feb 4, 2009
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I have 23 chickens, 5 roosters, 7 ducks,2 turkeys, and four geese all together and they get along great, but they were all raised together too. Actually the geese protect the chickens and the others; they're good guard dogs I love them; and they are all running free., and go up at night together.
 

banter

Songster
11 Years
Mar 3, 2008
1,843
3
189
Raymond Maine
I have ducks, chickens and geese that free range and occasionally have a minor scuffle, over food usually, or sometimes a male doesn't want anyone close to his sweet baboo. They work it out in a few seconds, and I've had no injuries to date. I pen them separately at night
 

superkid

Hatching
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
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they may get into fights when older so when i hatch them i seperate them!!!
 

tfpets

Mmm, tastes like chicken
12 Years
Jan 7, 2008
1,425
11
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N.Cali/Chico/Forest Ranch
Ideally, according to "experts" they do not thrive when mixed together.

Then again, according to "experts", we are not the ideal parents for the 3 children we adopted either.

It is whatever you make work for you....I have had them all together for years in the past, no problem except for teeny babies sometimes, which I would protect in a separate area with their mommy until they got bigger.

Tina
 
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jvls1942

Free Ranging
11 Years
Oct 16, 2008
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wausau,wisconsin
Quote:define 'thrive" ..

I have muscovy ducks(5), two breeds of geese(8), guinea fowel(14), turkeys(26)and chickens(58) all running together.. some raised together and others just added to the flock as they came.. they seem to be "thriving".. my chickens lay eggs and the geese are starting to lay eggs for the season.. ducks are breeding so the eggs are not too long in coming.. I forgot the original question..LOL
 

Laura78

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
307
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129
Snohomish County, WA
Thanks everyone. Right now the 5 wk old chickens sleep with 4 ducks and the pair of geese. It's cute to watch the ducks groom the chickens, lol. Each night all my water fowl take a swim in my tub together, yup all 13 of them, lol. It was cute last night seeing them dive under eachother.
 

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