I have 40 hens and 5 ducks. Do i have to seperate them?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mt Top Chick, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Mt Top Chick

    Mt Top Chick Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 10, 2009
    I have (15)- 2 year old hens. and (25)- 6 month old hens and (5)- 6 month old ducks. I was Just looking at other chicken sites and they say to keep your ducks away from your hens. I have a lot of land (everyone is free range), and everyone seems to be happy and healthy. Everyone is co existing together. My hens have their own water supply. But, I have a little swimming pool that i got at walmart and sometimes the hens drink the ducks bath water. I change the water twice a day. So do i really have to separate them?
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  2. 9 Feathers Farm

    9 Feathers Farm Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2010
    St Johns, MI
    In a free range area with plenty of land it should be fine. I keep mine together, and yes sometimes the chickens drink the ducks water. Everyone gets along well and no illness has presented itself.
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    No you don't have to but ducks tend to be messier with water than chickens. When I had both I could never keep the waterer filled nor the floor of the coop dry. Otherwise they got along fine, the chickens laid in the nest boxes and the ducks under it.

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