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Ducks & Chickens? Can they live in peace?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mefbrennan, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. mefbrennan

    mefbrennan Hatching

    Jul 25, 2012
    Santa Rosa
    I am just getting my backyard chickens started, today while checking out the chicks at tractor supply co. I came across some ducklings. I fell in love! I want one so bad, but do I need to get 2? Do they get along with chickens? I'm sure a ton of people on here have both, let me know!

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    It can be done. Many people on here keep them with chickens. The main issue is if a drake tries to breed your chickens he must be separated from them or he can cause serious damage to them. Yes you will need to buy at least 2 ducklings.
  3. ImpulsiveFarmer

    ImpulsiveFarmer Songster

    Jun 29, 2012
    Chautauqua County, NY
    Duck are a mess they fling water everywhere and get the food all mushy. I would not suggest getting them together especially if you are new to chickens. You can keep them together once they are older, but it's a bit of a hassle. Duck also grow a lot faster than chicks and can't be house with them when they are little because they can hurt the little chicks since they outgrow the chicks.
  4. ChucktheChick

    ChucktheChick Songster

    Sep 24, 2012
    The coop
    nice to know!

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