ducks and chickens together

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by dichotomymom, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I'm adding 15 wyandottes to the flock and 2 pekin (all will be day old and will be "quarantined" 'til they are older. How can we ensure peaceful cohabitation between the chickens and the ducks?
     
  2. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You can raise ducks and chicks together in adulthood but do NOT brood them together.
    Chicken need dry environment, ducks will make everything around wet and messy, even if they can just wet their beaks in the shallow container.

    Would you like to live in the bathroom when there is somebody taking a shower around the clock no shower curtain, you'll be wet around the clock?

    That's what you put your chicks through brooding them with ducks.

    Have mercy if you really love animals and do NOT brood any waterfowl with other fowl.
     
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  3. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

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    I have ducks with my chickens. They do fine. But they are all adults and have plenty of room. I do sometimes find my hens around their pool though.
     
  4. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pascopol, I've raised them both just never at the same time. My chicks have always made just as much wet mess so unless I see otherwise, I think they'll do o.k. I raise them in the bathtub for the first couple wks anyway. Nice and toasty.
     
  5. JessaLynn

    JessaLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking this same thing! We will have 44 hens and want to add two Pekin ducks but wasn't sure if we should put them in the same coop or not.What about feed? Can ducks eat the layers feed to???[​IMG]
     
  6. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    My ducks and chickens get along very well. Adult ducks can eat chicken food. Female ducks can be fantastic layers, my buff girl outlaid some of the hens last year. So the extra calcium in chicken layer feed is great for them.

    I've heard conflicting things about medicated chick feed being dangerous, probably depends on what med is used. Anyway you should have unmedicated chick feed or duckling feed to start out with. Ducklings and chicks can't be raised together anyway, ducklings are way too messy and they get big super fast.

    Ducks are unbelievably messy with their water, you can forget about having waterers in the coop. Which for me meant building a secure outdoor space for them attached to the coop, otherwise they'd be without water until I get up to let them out.

    Another thing to keep in mind, drakes can be very aggressive with hens, to the point of killing them. So it's a really good idea to have a backup plan and a seperate place to put them if they don't get along.
     

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