Recommendation for a duck breed with bantam chickens?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by abattey, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. abattey

    abattey Hatching

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    Hello!

    I have a small flock of d'uccles and am wanting to add 3-4 ducks, mostly just for fun, but we'll also eat the eggs so it'd be nice if they were at least moderate layers. I'm wondering if a standard sized breed of duck would be fine sharing a run with bantam chickens, or if I should go for a bantam duck breed?

    Thanks!
     

  2. Top Rooster

    Top Rooster Songster

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    A pekin duck they are bantam ducks
     
  3. CrazyHenLady386

    CrazyHenLady386 Chirping

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    Bantam chickens are pretty tough for their size. Although bantam ducks ARE cute, you could go with a medium size breed. If you get ducklings they will know that the bantams are the boss hens in the barn and know their place. To be honest I never had ducks with chickens but I have added a fairly large breed to run around with my smaller chickens. It worked out fine. Just don't get a duck breed that is known for dominance
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    [Just don't get a duck breed that is known for dominance]

    Like Muscovy. lol I have them.

    You never want to put young ducklings or young chicks in with another breed of poultry if adults. They need to live side by side once ducklings are old enough to go outside for good.

    My ducks and chickens live really well together when out free ranging but I don't think I would keep my flock in a pen unless there were places for either species could get away from the other.
     
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  5. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Duck Obsessed Premium Member

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    In a rather large sorta way.....pekins are about 9 pounds ;)
     
  6. abattey

    abattey Hatching

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    My thoughts exactly, haha. :eek:

    Thanks guys!
     

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