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Ducks and chickens as roommates?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lclark, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    We have 6 buff orpingtons that are 8 weeks old, 2 barred rocks that are 6 wks old and 2 pekin ducks that are 2 wks old. The chickens are outside in their coop and enclosure and doing well. When the ducklings are old enough to go outside as well can they share the housing with the chickens? Our coop is quite large and I know ducks are messy and need water 24/7 but our space could provide the room to make a mess [​IMG] If they can be together would a small kiddie pool for the ducks be a danger to the chickens?
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will work fine together but you have to be weary of drakes, they can sometimes try to mate with the hens and because hens are not built for a drake their anatomical differences can kill the hen.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Depends just be prepared to change it, i don't "purposely" house them together... but the main flocks free range and i have a batty 'scovie in the bantam barn -again- she rules that roost by the way lol.

    Difficulties is they don't fight the same, chickens peck so they go for the ducks eyes... plus chickens roosting can make poor ducks on the ground a darn mess. My scovies roost so i have actually had the odd chicken and duck be side by side up on the smaller pen doors in the main duck barn.

    Do you know what the sexes are?? drakes can be an issue if they lack females of their own.. around here i don't have that issue so i have never once had a drake go near a chicken in the "loving way"

    Basically, in my flock of almost 100 mixed ducks and chickens... they tolerate each other and mind their own but every now and then it kicks off...

    I have Pekin too.. cute... but the drakes are massively BOSSY... so if you only end with one female get more... good luck!
     
  4. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Our chickens are all pullets with the exception of one that is in question. As far as the ducklings though we are completely unsure of the sexes. We should probably be prepared to build a separate duck house just in case. I certainly don't want anything bad to happen to any of them! If they do well together is a small kid pool going to be an issue for the chickens?
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Okay i will say mine are all okay with them around, i have troughs, pools deep pans everywhere though I am sure this is where someone will say they had a chicken drown, it is possible i won't lie and say it's not possible, it is.. but mine have not, they even latch on the edges goofy chickens.

    You know who drown? a pekin last year she got into the horse trough we couldn't save her by the time we found her.. so risk is there even with ducks...

    Best advice i can give is always back up your plans, animals are unpredictable and individual circumstances vary so much. ;)
     
  6. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    They certainly do...thanks for your advice! I wish we could allow our chickens and ducks to free range but we also have dogs...big dogs..so they have to stay enclosed. Hoping all will go well but will definitely have a back up plan! Thank you! [​IMG]
     
  7. fuzzy8

    fuzzy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To save on the mess in the coop you don't need to have food and water in there coop. Feed and water them outside of it. It will help on the wet coop mess
     

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