Chickens & ducks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Virginiapeeps, May 7, 2009.

  1. Virginiapeeps

    Virginiapeeps Chirping

    May 1, 2009
    Independence, Virginia
    I have a great new coop with 5 pullets & 1 straight run...hopefully a rooster;)
    I also have 2 ducks...1 mallard and 1 white.
    Is it ok to keep my ducks & chickens together in the coop? We have been doing this....but the ducks are so messy and the chicken follow the white duck around like she the big leader. At nights the ducks don't seem to want to go into the I'm outside in the enclosed run wrangling and putting them into coop......and guess what....all the chickens march into the coop once the ducks are in there.
    help...will the ducks figure it out. Should I separate the ducks from the chickens?
    I appreciate all the help I could get.
    We are doing the deep litter method and everything I've read has said to keep litter dry....which is hard with the ducks being so messy. We keep a tub outside for them to splash around in and fresh water can in the coop.
    help please:(

  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I always kept my chickens and ducks separate. Ducks are just too messy to keep with chickens. Also, sometimes drakes will try to mate with chickens.

    I also keep my ducks' food and water outside the coop at all times. That way the litter in the coop stays dry.
  3. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    I think that you will find it much drier which is important and the ducks need taken away from the chickens
    they will get straightened out as soon as the ducks are gone

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