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WhatTheDuckingDuck

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I have chickens and ducks free ranging together. They sleep separate though. The ducks tend run the chickens off of the feed, but I feed in multiple locations so everybody at least gets some. The ducks also free range better than the chickens. I personally wouldn’t house ducks and chickens together in an enclosed coop/run, unless it was PLENTY oversized. I also believe the drakes will mount chickens during the breeding season and it’s not good for the chicken. I’ve only had them since March so I haven’t dealt with that yet, but am preparing for a full on separation if need be.
 

MotherDucker35

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Ours free range together as well but have neighbor coops that are separate at night. Also worth noting that your nesting boxes for the chickens are typically higher & ducks would need ground level access or a safe ramp. Something to think about. We did have our coop divided at one point though with the bottom section for the ducks & top for the chickens & everyone lived happily together for over a year. Just grew both flocks so they graduated to their own places. You will definitely have to separate any drakes if they start mounting your hens though as they can badly injure or kill them. Idk if you know but let's just get this out there...drakes have a penis, roosters dont. Therefore a drake can do serious damage to a hen & it's not one of those things that you'll want to deal with on any day 😬.
 

MotherDucker35

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May 27, 2020
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I have chickens and ducks free ranging together. They sleep separate though. The ducks tend run the chickens off of the feed, but I feed in multiple locations so everybody at least gets some. The ducks also free range better than the chickens. I personally wouldn’t house ducks and chickens together in an enclosed coop/run, unless it was PLENTY oversized. I also believe the drakes will mount chickens during the breeding season and it’s not good for the chicken. I’ve only had them since March so I haven’t dealt with that yet, but am preparing for a full on separation if need be.
If you have a pair or more of ducks, they will more than likely hang together & not pay much attention to the hens. If I do have a duck that tries to mount a chicken, I'll put them in time out for a half hour or so & that usually does the trick 😂 is no fun to watch your friends play outside while you're grounded in the pen I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 But it's fairly challenging for a duck to catch a chicken so i've always had plenty of time to catch the duck before the was an issue. It doesn't come up often & it's pretty easy to handle if it does, you just have to keep an eye out. Best luck with your flock, ducks are so hilarious 🦆💓
 

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