Ducks & Chickens???? Can they be together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jaimslee4u, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,

    I have been a proud chicken owner for many years and would like to try to add a couple of ducks to my flock. Is this possible? Do they they typically get along?

    I only want two. Can I have two females or is it better having one of each?
     
  2. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You certain;y can keep them together! Many many people do it with no problems at all! I have a frined who keeps two ducks with his flock of nearly 20 chickens and they all got along just great. As far as male and female, I would say it's up to you. Do you want ducklings? if so, get one of each. You can still get one of each and not have ducklings, simply gather their eggs. It is totally up to you but YES you can keep them with chickens.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    You can also read my article about mixing the two. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/duck-and-chickens-pros-and-cons
     
  4. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for your replies! I am super psyched for duckling season, ha ha!
     
  5. Ravie

    Ravie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep ducks and chickens together. They even sleep in the same coop. I brooded them together, too. Mant people say that can't be done, but it worked well for me. At one point, my brooder had chicks from three different age groups, some guineas and some ducks! They all get along great. I do keep the water out of the chicken coop and have lots of roosting space for the chickens.
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I would avoid getting a drake if you can. My drake harrasses my chickens. For my female duck, she gets along great with all the chickens. My drake does as well, unless he is trying to mate them. My roosters do not like the drake, so they stay clear of him. Ducks are extremely messy, so if you have fancy chickens, I would suggest avoiding ducks. They like to nibble on the chickens when they are drinking at the same time, so my silkies can get quite messy. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X 2 ducks are slobs. Aoxa, I can't believe you have a pool in there with them.

     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It's emptied. My roof leaks in the barn, so it collects the drips too :p The barn is their daytime hangout in the winter. [​IMG] this is where it usually is.
     
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  9. WVChickenFarmer

    WVChickenFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The lady I got my ducks from had her chickens, ducks and goose all together. So I don't see why not. I would keep mine all together. But my goose don't get along with my chickens. So I just have the ducks with my goose.
     
  10. reelsvillechick

    reelsvillechick New Egg

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    I have 5 ducks with my flock. They were actually 1st. They all get along just fine and we had no problems.
     

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