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Ducks & Chickens? Can they live in peace?

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

  1. mefbrennan

    mefbrennan Hatching

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    nice to know!
     

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