Does chicken and duck harmony exist?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by annabobbob717, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. annabobbob717

    annabobbob717 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2014
    Upstate new york
    Hello everyone!
    So I've decided to build a duck coop this spring and bring home some ducklings! My question is, will my 8 chickens have a problem with them? Are there any tips to keeping the two animals in the same yard???
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    You can have as many species together as you are willing to spend time managing them. Luckily, ducks and chickens cohabitate easily compared to many other species. Your main problems are going to be A. The ducks will dirty the chicken's water, and B. Male ducks may attempt to mate with hens.

    Nothing can really be done about the water issue, except perhaps installing nipples (not my favorite watering method but will keep things clean). However, any male ducks who begin trying to breed your hens need to be separated immediately. They can severely injure hens, as unlike roosters, they possess a penis. Hens are not designed for that kind of breeding. Not all male ducks will do this, but some may.
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    My chickens never cared about the duck mucked water. The chicken has her own water the ducks can't reach and she just drinks out of their dishes, their pool, the pond. I don't know that I ever see her drinking her clean water.

    I now have 1 chicken. She does her own thing, but she does hang out in the duck group a lot as well and follows them around and hangs out with them.
  4. DonnaMiniFarm1

    DonnaMiniFarm1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2014
    I Have both ducks and chickens. They have their own coops but spend their days in the same run. Yes the ducks dirty the swimming pool but my chicken don't seem to mind. Once in a while someone gooses someone else but they never fight. I had a time where my male duck was looking to make my silkie his own. She wouldn't hear of it and from what I know duck and chicken can't mate not made the same.
  5. Black Choctaw

    Black Choctaw Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2015
    San Antonio, TX
    My female mallard sat on my chickens - they hatched and now the baby chicks thinks the duck is their momma.
    So cute watching them following behind her and how protective she is off them.
  6. DonnaMiniFarm1

    DonnaMiniFarm1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2014
    I had the opposite my silkie raised a duckling . My little duckling was so attached to her it was amazing to watch. I had a brooder fire and lost the mama and one sibling chicken but now the duckling and the other chick are doing really well. Now i'm not sure how to merge them into their duckling and chicken family's.
  7. Black Choctaw

    Black Choctaw Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 28, 2015
    San Antonio, TX

    Momma duck and her two chicks.
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Hope she doesn't try to take them swimming.
  9. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    I had 3 ducks (they are at my neighbor's pond now) and they got along fine with my chickens, but I couldn't STAND the water mess! I dug them a pond in my run, but that didn't help..... they were all females, though.
  10. jofanx

    jofanx Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2015
    Mine cohabited fine (until the chickens got picked off one night I forgot to close the coop) and the funny thing was the ducks followed the chickens as their alarm system. If they saw the chickens go into the coop at dusk, they ran in right after, if I opened their coop in the morning, the ducks always let the chickens go first, if the chickens panicked about something, the ducks were first to race to shelter. I have muscovies though so not sure if that plays a part. The ducks were a bit more dominant, and if the chickens did something they didn't like, the ducks would nip at them.

    However, when I first introduced the boy duck, one of the female ducks decided to establish the pecking order and jumped on him and had a small squabble--the chickens raced in and tried to separate them. It was really, really funny to watch.
  11. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    I have both and my ducks get aggressive to my hens. One will guard the duck house where everyone lays and pull the chickens out by their tail feathers and chase them off. The hens can lay in other places but it is communal nest and usually they get along. I would never try to lock them up together at night though and they have their own houses.

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