Raising ducks, turkeys and geese together

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by newbyduckmom, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Okay, I have poultry fever....now am considering turkeys (breed research not done yet) and geese (pilgrim). Turkeys for meat (assuming I can convince myself I can butcher a bird) and geese primary because I understand they are good lawn mowers lol Anyone raise turkeys and geese with their ducks? Any housing, behavior, or other significant issues?
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Overall, I don't think its a good idea to mix "wet" waterfowl and dry "poultry" unless they have a lot of space. The waterfowl are literally too wet and messy, from drinking and bathing to manure, and it sort of creates a possibly unhealthy situation for the poultry. A lot of depends on the individual factors -- how much room you have, how conscientious you are about keeping them clean, that sort of thing.
     
  3. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Makes sense. Thanks.
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  4. TexasAggieOfc

    TexasAggieOfc Out Of The Brooder

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    I have almost 2000 sq ft of run that houses rabbits (in hutches, raised up above the yard), chickens, turkeys, guineas, geese and ducks. I've yet to have any problems with all of them. The ducks and geese confine their wet play to over at the kiddie pool (even in this drought, there is always water within 5 feet of that pool!), and as a whole they all coexist peacefully. It's nothing to have the whole mess of them all under the rabbit hutches in the heat of the day! It works for me, it doesn't work for others, so your mileage may vary...

    As a side note, I use a fiberglass/plastic dog house outside the chicken coop for the ducks. I added hay and they instantly started laying in it.
     

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