ducks with the chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Kaitie09, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Kaitie09

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    We just got 2 mallards today and are trying to figure out whether to build a new structure, or keep them with the chickens. We have 17 large hens and one rooster in a 6x8x10 coop with a 10x20 enclosed run. We had thought about building a separate nighttime area under the goat's deck, which would be 4'x5', and letting them run with the goats during the day and having a small fenced in pond area within the goat run. However, What about keeping them with the chickens, and adding on a 5x5' pond area that has a door that will attach it to the run? Also, could we keep the ducks in that little pond/play area from about 10am to 4 or 5pm, and then put them back into the main run for the night? If not, that how can we keep the chickens from drowning in the pool (it will either be a 1' deep kiddie pool, or a 2' deep plastic tub.)

    Here is the link to the current housing. The proposed outdoor pen would be on the goats side, under their deck and ramp.
    http://s1111.photobucket.com/albums/h472/Kaitie09/Shed design/
     

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