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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by whatsup chickenbutt, Feb 24, 2009.
This would probably be better answered in the waterfowl board, jsyk.
All ducks need water to DRINK and wash their eyes/nose to prevent infection, but not all breeds need water to swim in. So depending on the breed, yes you can give them a pool in the summer and then nothing in the winter I suppose.
I don't know about male vs. female temperaments as I have never had a male duck, which is called a drake by the way (females that have laid are still called hens)
Do not mix chickens and ducks together! Chickens need drier environments and ducks make everything wet/moist/humid and will contribute to possible illnesses of your chickens. You can have them on the same property at the same time, but keep them apart from each other. I have the chicken coop elevated about 3 feet and off to the side from the duck pen and that seems to do just fine.
Thanks I was looking for another place to post but didnt see any.
I was intending to get baby ducks at the feed store when i got some more chicks, and had planned on putting them in the brooder together.
What I have is a large corral, which will be opened up for the chickens in the spring. This is where I thought that I would be able to house the ducks along with the chickens, but are you saying no to the corral, or just no to the coops? I can see how seperating them would present a problem, though.