Never owned a duck...is this a dumb idea?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RaeRae2, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. RaeRae2

    RaeRae2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hens and we are building a nice huge run that will end up 20x27 feet, and 6 feet high. One half of the run is on top of concrete, and half is on grass. Is it a really stupid idea to add a little pond in one corner on the concrete and add say 2 small ducks in with my hens? Can hens and ducks live togehter without problems? In the winter I would have to give them a heated 16 gallon tub to swim in, so these two ducks would have to be small.

    If this will not work, it's no problem. I just thought it would be very cute to have a little pond and a couple of ducks. But I cannot build a separate duck pen so they would need to be in with my hens.

    Any thoughts?

    Do ducks go to roost at night? Where do they sleep? Will they go inside the coop and sit on the floor in the shavings?
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Ducks (mallard type) nest on the ground (there -are- perching ducks but not often as pets), in the shavings or in the secure run. my ducks and hens are together with a kiddy pool-

    be careful if you hatch chicks or ducklings that they cannot drown in the pond.
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012
  3. Our Roost

    Our Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in the same boat and asking questions. I got snaffued into buying 2 pekin ducks from Tractors Supply. We have all hen pullets coming and I'm not sure ducks will mix with chickens well! They also bought a pond for the ducklings. I've heard ducks can be really messy and bossy with chickens. Also heard they try to mate with the chickens! I'm not sure about this. Hope we get some answers.
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I have lots of ducks for each drake I have, haven't seen any drakes trying to mate the chickens, besides the roosters would have a problem with it.
     
  5. Our Roost

    Our Roost Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Questions!! Foretell. Will the ducks share the coop at night and in the winter months? My ducklings drink an amazing amount of water. Is a small pool type pond okay and does it get dirty really fast?
     
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I'm in FL - not cold here, right now they are sleeping outside in the run.

    The kiddy pool is dumped about every day and refilled.
     
  7. knightie

    knightie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what I was told about helping to prevent the drakes from 'wanting' the Hens... brood them separately then when they are bigger put them together. Of course I found this out... after they'd all been together for several weeks and were ready to go outside.... so ... we will see in a few months I guess. I lucked out and have 1 pekin drake and two pekin ducks (straight run ... the last 3 at the Marshall, TX TSC) and I had ordered a cayuga male and 3 girls (the male died at about a week old <sigh> but the girls are good... if not a bit flightier than the pekins) so that's 5 girls to one boy. I have at least 5 roos <most are going away> 3 not sures and 3 I think they goofed on my packing peanuts and gave me girls.) at for certain a dozen hens (RIR's, 4 of what I THINK are blue andalusians <blue something anyway> and 2 buff somethings I hope orps) I'll be posting picture of them in the what breeds later. <probably post the packing peanuts to see how far off I am on them)
     
  8. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: In my personal experience that is not true.
    My drake (recently re-homed) was brooded and raised separately from my chickens (and any chickens) and, when mating season rolled around he was actively trying to assault my chickens, drag them into the bushes & just brutalize them.
    Sorry to rain on your parade. It may be true in some cases, but I think some drakes are cut out for small flock life, and some are not.
     
  9. afchicken

    afchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have had oposite problem my small (not quite banty not quite standard) rir roo is mounting my muscovy girls to the point we have to rehome him.
     

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