1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

I need help by this weekend! mixing chickens with ducks...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by iluvsedward, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

    Jan 19, 2010
    Calvert County MD
    I want to get some new chickens and maybe a couple ducks this weekend from two different suppliers, most likely on the same trip, but I'm wondering......Can I mix chickens and ducks from two different flocks or will they fight a lot?Please help! I really don't want to take a gamble..
    I can give you the craigslist posts if you want to see what I will be getting.

  2. WilsonAcres

    WilsonAcres Chirping

    Jul 9, 2011
    They should be fine . Ducks and chickens cannot transfer diseases to one another. They may bicker a little because they're just getting used to each other. Be very careful having a chicken hen in with a duck drake though if the drake tries to mate the chicken hen he will seriously hurt her. Another thing to think about is how you're going to keep the chickens water clean..ducks are MESSY!! It is workable though good luck!!
    1 person likes this.
  3. abbylane35

    abbylane35 Chirping

    Nov 13, 2011
    Lodi, New York
    I have my chickens and ducks together...they are fine. The ducks do their thing, the chickens do theirs. I agree with the water comment though...the ducks make a mess! I am constantly cleaning up around the waterer...

    Good luck!
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Yes you can mix ducks and Chickens. However, you Must watch that the drakes don't try to breed your hens. This can cause serious injury even death.
  5. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing

    Jan 19, 2010
    Calvert County MD
    How do I prevent this? I am getting drakes because the person doesn't want to be left wit a whole bunch of them and I have no other choice
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    When no duck hens are available and even sometimes when they are available, drakes will breed chicken hens. Due to physical differences between roosters and drakes this can potentially harm the hens. The only way to assure that it does not happen is either to have separate pens or consider not getting the drakes.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by