Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Nicola, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Nicola

    Nicola Chook Cuddlin' Aussie

    Feb 23, 2009
    hi i am new on here and i have a dilema...

    ...through my school i am getting and hatching a chicken egg there as part of science my brother and my friend are aswell
    so my question is i have cats around where i live and also a relativly small backyard how much space would i need to keep 3 chickens and i dont know what breed the birds are but i think they are standard breeds. im also thinking of putting the run in the small square courtyard i have out the front but people could steel them ??

    WHAT DO I DO i want to keep them i dont want to give them away

    p.s i will be getting the egg in posably a week [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    chickens and ducks can live together, I would get two ducks cuz like chickens they are flock birds. They would need a place to stay out of the weather, safe from predators and people. Chickens need laying pellets as adults, ducks need gamebird feed. Stay on this website and you'll learn everything you need to know.
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yes, chickens and ducks can be kept in the same coop, but I wouldn't do it. Anytime a duck sees water, it tries to swim in it, and they are very messy drinkers. So if your waterer is inside the coop, the ducks will make a complete, wet, stinky mess.

    2 ducks is better than one.

    Ducks can be fed the same feed as chickens, you don't necessarily need gamebird feed. Do not feed ducklings medicated chick starter, only feed unmedicated.

    Try doing a search here on BYC, you'll find tons of info on how to raise chicks and ducklings.
  4. minifarm8

    minifarm8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    Hagerstown, MD
    We have one lone silky duck living with our chickens. He pretty much hangs out with the silkie chickens.... sits with them while they lay, even. We have 3 ducklings that will be joining the group this spring so it will be interesting to see how Chandler reacts to them.
  5. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    The chickens and ducks can live together when they are grown, but be sure that when they are in the brooder you are NOT feeding medicated chick feed to the duckling. It would kill him.

    Ducks enjoy other ducks, so it would be best if the duckling had a mate.[​IMG]

    Be sure they have a safe coop and run. If you have close neighbors, be sure they are okay with this. I don't know your neighborhood, but I wouldn't keep them out in the open where just anybody could get their hands on them.

    I actually had a Silkie hen hatch a duck egg. Now that was a funny sight. A little duckling following around a black Silkie. [​IMG]

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