Raising ducks in Colorado - Mixing Breeds?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by vcochran89, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. vcochran89

    vcochran89 New Egg

    Feb 9, 2014
    My husband and I are looking into raising a few ducks within the next year or so. We are still in the researching phase, and want to be sure we are fully prepared before purchasing the duckling!

    So far, our research has lead us to think we'd like to start with four different types of ducks (all female):
    -1 Welsh Harlequin
    -1 Rouen
    -1 Blue Swedish
    -1 Cayuga

    Is it okay to raise different breeds together like this? And if so, what coops would be ideal for housing these four breeds? Any tips are greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2014
  2. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada

    Many do keep varied breeds of ducks, i always recommend not going to extreme in sizing due to bullying issues but otherwise some love having the variety and quirks of differing breeds.

    We do have a duck housing thread that may give you some nice ideas... Storey's guide to ducks is a useful reference for housing and breed info.


    He recommends for med-large fowl housed only at night 2.5-6sq ft per. Things to always keep in mind are ease of cleaning, whether this housing maybe use for more than night(will the birds have access to it during the day) will you need to keep them in during extreme temps(if you get a winter)
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014
  3. vcochran89

    vcochran89 New Egg

    Feb 9, 2014
    Thanks for the tips!

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