Feeding chickens and ducks housed together

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chics in the sun, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    I know someone started a thread a few days ago about keeping chickens and ducks together, but I don't remember if it included information on feeding them. I am interested in housing chickens and Mandrins (possibly) in the same aviary (22 x 16 feet). Has anyone done this, and do they try to each eachothers food? The layer feed would have calcium in it, and I know the Mandrins only need it during laying season. I just want to make sure this is possible to do without harming either of the flocks.
  2. cristy17

    cristy17 Songster

    I feed my chickens and ducks (magpies) the same mix and never had a problem. the hens are healthy and laying every day.
  3. sawmane1

    sawmane1 Songster

    Feb 22, 2011
    Mcminnville, Oregon
    i know nothing of keeping ducks and chickens togather so this should help me out (i am getting ducks soon)
  4. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    My chickens and ducks (Saxony and Runners) and geese share a large run. I put out layer pellets that everyone eats. Egg laying seems good overall. I do throw whole corn to the waterfowl when I throw scratch to the chickens, but that really is the only thing I do different.
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    I have been feeding my adult chickens and ducks the same feed for years with no problems. Baby chicks and ducklings are housed separately and they eat different feed.
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  6. duckking

    duckking Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    Same here. Ducks and chickens get same food, they are on layer feed, and I have free choice oyster shells and their own shells ground up, as they are all laying. The drake eats the layer feed as well, but he doesn't touch the calcium (shells). They get the same veggies and treats, they all LOVE mealworms, and the ducks also get corn kernels when the hens get scratch.
  7. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    Even the oranmentals that don't lay all year? How handy is that!!
  8. mandyslot

    mandyslot In the Brooder

    Dec 10, 2012
    can i ask what is scratch?
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Scratch is a mix of cracked corn and grains of some kind. Not a complete diet for water fowl, I think on my bag of scracth it say it should not be more than 10% of their diet.
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Well mine are not housed together BUT i feed them all the same, i use a flock raiser with oyster shell free choice.

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