Ducks & Chickens Together?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 18stellas1bella, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. 18stellas1bella

    18stellas1bella Out Of The Brooder

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    I currently have 19 black sex-link hens that are 2 months old at the moment. I also want to get 2 or 4 female pekin ducks. Anyway, here are my questions:

    Can they be put together?

    Are pekin ducks a good breed?

    Do they require a different feed from the chickens?

    What treats and toys can you give them? (besides water) For my chicks they sometimes get fruit and also they play with sticks and toys from the pet store such as some of the hamster or bird toys.

    Would I have to get their wings clipped?

    If for whatever reason I need to separate them how would I do so? My chicken coop is about 10x8 I think (not sure) and the outdoor pen isn't much bigger than that either.

    I do plan on getting some kind of water trough or kiddie pool for the ducks to swim in- will the chickens have chances of falling in and drowning?

    I most likely forgot a couple questions but there are my main ones. Thanks!
     


  2. Oh and if you can get 2-3 big koi or like cat fish or trout (ie go fishing) then put it in the kiddie pool. Promise me, the ducks will have the time of their lives ;)
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2013
  3. SunnySkies

    SunnySkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We raise blue Swedish ducks along with various chickens, and we haven't had any issues. I feed Flock Raiser to help avoid feed issues. Everyone free ranges with no problems. We have two kiddie pools for the ducks and the dogs, which sometimes the chickens take a drink from, but they usuall avoid the pools.

    Swedish ducks do not fly far. They are too large. They love to forage though.

    My birds do not roam to the neighbor's. The only issue was when the neighbors dumped an old bag of feed on the driveway, which enticed the birds to roam, to my frustration (I didn't know they had done this). I put up a temporary fence, and they cleaned up the feed, and now my birds stay home.

    My ducks and chickens share coops.
     
  4. 18stellas1bella

    18stellas1bella Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your help guys :) Besides Pekin ducks what are good breeds to go with chickens? I heard Caller ducks are also good.
     

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