Ducks with chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by TimCline, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to integrate my two pekin Ducks into the same coop and run as my chickens. They have a very large run and I'm going to put a kiddie pool im for them. How and at what age would I go about doing so? They can already see each other through the wire. Just worried about one of my older chickens bothering them. Anyone do this successfully?
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I know some do this successfully, I hope they can check in soon. Are both Pekins female? Having drakes in with chickens is dangerous for the chickens if the drakes try to mate with them.
     
  3. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a pair. How dangerous? Will the drake try to fight my roo? Because my flock rooster is a very large RIR.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Questions of getting along are, to my experience with introducing ducks, largely up to the individual critters.

    I can see potential for your roo and drake having a conflict. Not a guarantee, but I would introduce carefully and make no assumptions that they will sort it out without aggressiveness. Springtime hormones can make it more challenging as well.

    There are always exceptions . . . truly, it does seem to be up to the individual animals as to whether they will respect each others' space and females.
     
  5. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I'll try and introduce them while supervised a couple times and see how it goes.
     
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The drake could try to make your chicken hens and that is dangerous to them as boy ducks and boy chickens aren't packing the same equipment. A male duck when mating a chicken hen (if he trys to mate a chicken hen) could seriously injure/kill her just based on the incompatibility of the anatomy.
     
  7. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I understand now. Will just keep then separate completely.
     

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