Ducks with chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pocahontas7799, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. Pocahontas7799

    Pocahontas7799 In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    I'm going to start a new flock of chickens in the spring and I wanted to know if I could also bring home a few ducklings with the chicks? I have decided on Cayuga ducks since they originate from NY and I live in Ohio so they would be perfect for my climate. I have an 8'x8'x10' shed I'm converting into a coop. I will be getting 10 hens and 2 ducks and 1 drake. Can they be housed at night together and free range without chaos? Anyone have any advice or personal experience with this?
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! We're glad to have you.

    I don't have any experience with ducks or raising them with chickens. However, I know that other members on BYC keep mixed flocks, and hopefully they'll come around to this post and help you out. You may also want to post in the Duck section of these forums:

    Good luck with your future flock!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    The one big problem with keeping chickens and ducks together is that ducks need a lot of water and they make a mess of this water. Chickens can't take such damp conditions and this can make them sick. So it is best to keep the two separate.

    Definitely stop by our duck section. Wyandottes7 has left you with the link.

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Ducks are messy, and this can be a problem in mixed flocks - far less so in a free range situation. Upon occasion a drake may start mating chicken hens which can cause injuries and possible the death of the hens - this is far less common if the drake is imprinted on duck hens.
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us!
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Crowing

    Apr 5, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    I house both just fine. As little ones I did separate the ducks when they got too messy for the chicks, but at about 5 weeks they were all ready for the coop so out they went. I have 13 chickens and a pair of ducks that free range all day together and are housed together at night. Just make sure to have a nice covered area for the ducks since they'll be on the floor. Once in a while my ducks will "move" a chicken out of the way of a tasty snack, but for the majority of the time they get along good.

    I had started with two roosters (on accident) and one was a menace to the ducks. He would really bother my female and eventually bothered the male so he went to camp freezer. The rooster I have now never bothers my ducks, and my drake never bothers my hens (mounting wise)

    As stated you want to make sure you have lots of water. really...a lot haha For winter I have one heated chicken waterer and three heated bowls. For summer I keep two chicken waterer (3 gallons) and one bowl (1gallon) for cleaning their nose. These get filled every day because my ducks like to play in them. We put a pond in for them and they hate it haha. Also, I keep all water dishes in my run to prevent wet bedding.
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  10. Pocahontas7799

    Pocahontas7799 In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Thank you! I am trying to get used to the different threads on the forums. It's easier to do on my desktop but I use my phone more frequently. Yes I will have a large run added onto the coop to keep everything cleaner for the most part. I won't be keeping any "swimming" water for the ducks in the coop and I'll take extra percaution by raising the waterers so the ducks cannot attempt to swim or contaminate the water. I stay at home so they will free range most of the day and I plan on adding a goldfish pond to my yard too so they will have somewhere to swim where I won't have to worry. The coop will have plenty of ventilation and I plan on using sand litter which I have seen a lot of people mention on here as a good idea for moisture control. I have been doing tons of research about mixed flocks and I really get the most on here! I will move my further questions about ducks to the correct forums. Thank you all again! You guys are awesome! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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