In the Brooder
- Jun 8, 2017
I know this seems trivial, but I'm mentally stuck and would love to talk this out with someone experienced with ducks and chickens--
I have 6 5-week old Indian Runner ducklings. My intention was to keep one drake and all resulting ducks in our 50'x100' garden for slug control and eggs, but I believe we have 3 drakes (too many for 3 ducks) and I loff them. The little ladies (despite identical upbringing, age, and pea-laden training sessions), completely panic when we are moving around them. The drakes are lovely little pets and run to me when they are called (with peas).
I'm trying to decide whether everyone would be happier if we keep all the drakes in the garden, keep the ducks in the front room of the chicken coop, and let the ducks share a yard with the chickens (35'x35' for 15 hens and a rooster), or rehome a couple of my darling boy duckies and keep everyone in the garden. The downside to keeping two runner flocks is that I will have two kiddie pools to maintain and there might be complications in keeping the ducks with the chickens (eg the chickens like to be let out of the fenced yard to free-range but I don't really trust the ducks to safely range and return).
My husband falls back to "whatever you want, dear" and no one else I know has ducks. It seems harder to maintain two duck flocks and we're already busy, but the little drakes are just so endearing! Are there other factors or experiences I'm not accounting for that could sway me?