Intro and Question - adding ducks to chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Melarocks, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. Melarocks

    Melarocks In the Brooder

    Jan 4, 2018
    Hi all,

    Finally officially joined the group, though I've been a lurker reading articles for a while. A brief introduction:

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? We got our flock March of 2017 on a snowy snowy weekend. The girls were 10 months then which makes them about 20 months old now.

    (2) How many chickens do you have right now? We have 6.

    (3) What breeds do you have? 2 Araucanas, 2 Rhode Island Red and 2 Plymouth (one barred, one black)

    (4) How did you find out about Google Search!

    (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I'm a beekeeper, cook/canner and gardener, my fiancee is building a teardrop trailer. Together we brew beer as well.

    (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. We currently have the chickens and bees but are looking to expand. I look forward to getting to know this group and eventually being able to contribute more than just questions.

    The question that prompted me to join today is that we are considering adding ducks to our group. We've read quite a bit about integrating chickens into an existing flock so there isn't infighting but I reckon this is a bit different.
    We have a fenced/roofed run that is about 6'x8' that they are locked into at night but are let out into the larger yard most days. The girls have a coop (kit that came from their previous owners with them) with two nesting boxes with an additional house bit thats'sabout 2'x3'. They tend to sleep on top of that coop under the roof of the run no matter the temperature.

    It seems that a second coop for the ducks is recommended, is that right? Can it be within the same run?
    Do we need to do the same slow sort of introduction we might with chickens?
    I've read drakes can hurt hens if they try to mount them. Is this a real concern? Do we need to either avoid drakes or get a duck hen as well?
    In addition to a pond and water source that is larger for their beaks, what else is needed?
    Do the chickens stay out of the duck feed and vice versa? How do we make sure each group gets the proper nutrition? I guess I think of the dog and cat in the house. The dog would gladly eat the cat food, though the reverse isn't true. We keep the cat food behind a baby gate so everyone gets what they need.

    Thank you for the help!
  2. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy:yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
  3. Allie Grace Sanders

    Allie Grace Sanders Songster

    Oct 12, 2017
    Welcome to BYC!
  4. MissNutmeg

    MissNutmeg Crossing the Road

    Jan 18, 2017
    Middle Earth
    My Coop
    Hi, and welcome to BYC! So glad you could join us!!! :ya

    ~Meg :D
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    I would personally keep the ducks and chickens completely separated. Ducks will try and breed with chickens and this can hurt them. Ducks need a lot of water, way too wet for chickens.

    Good luck and welcome our roost!:)
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. In my opinion, separate is better for many reasons already stated by previous posters. That being said, in my experience drakes raised away from chickens with duck hens available usually do not try breeding chicken hens. 'Usually' doesn't rule out the possibility of it happening.
  7. N F C

    N F C Marbles...I found mine!

    Dec 12, 2013

    Looks like you already have some good info so I'll just say hello, thanks for joining us and best wishes for all your plans!
  8. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

    Aug 20, 2015
    Smith County, TN
    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under Melarocks :frow Welcome!

    I see that you have already received some good advice about the ducks which is a good thing cos I know nothing about ducks except they are cute and quack ;)

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out :D
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Agree with Sourland re: separating ducks from chickens. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
    rjohns39, 007Sean, N F C and 2 others like this.

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