Do chickens and ducks mix?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Leah567, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted

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    I know chickens and turkeys don't mix because of blackhead disease. But do ducks and chickens mix?
     
  2. cybercat

    cybercat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes and no. Chicken will kill baby ducks. Male duck will fight with male chickens too. But not all the time on both. You will have to see if your hens are baby duck eaters and males will fight to dominate.
     
  3. Leah567

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    Okay, Thank you!!![​IMG]
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Depends. Duckling grow pretty fast, and will be too big for a chicken to mess with in just a few short weeks. Ducks need a water source that is deep enough for them to submerge their heads in. And they get that water everywhere, making it difficult to maintain a dry coop for the chickens. Male ducks can kill hens by trying to breed them.
    Some manage to keep both in the same coop and run without issues. Other people have nothing but issues when trying to house ducks with chickens.
    I just brooded a batch of chicks with ducklings. Chicks were a week younger than the ducklings. And I can say from experience, it was not pleasant. The ducks are just so messy. Water everywhere, constantly cleaning out sopping wet shavings, feed was always reduced to watery soup that got splattered all over. The ducks went out this past week. And the chicks and I are very happy about it.
     

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