The BIG question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by poultryman17, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. poultryman17

    poultryman17 Out Of The Brooder

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    So my wife and daughters and I (mostly I ) are raising a mixed flock of chickens, 29 in all. Have a coop that is 14' x 5 and a pen that is 15' x 15'. Wifey has commented couple of times about having ducks. I have raised chickens before but never had ducks. I have heard that ducks are messy. My question is "how messy"? What eggzactly does that mean. Do ducks co habitate well with chickens? Is it best to have two? Do i have enough room for a couple of ducks? Are the eggs yummy? Really just need a little guidance for this decision. Easter is really close and thinking might be a nice surprise if I am convinced it would go well. The neighbors have a couple of little ones and I need to admit they are awfully cute. Someone please help make up my mind. Thanks a ton
     
  2. PetesMom

    PetesMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our ducks were in with the chickens and they were fine with them. The thing you have to watch is a sexually flustered drake because he will try to mate with the chickens
     
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    i suppose that would be messy!! haha. thanks for the info.[​IMG]
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. poultryman17

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    Would the drake actually get the job done on a chicken? Does this harm the chicken since its a drake. Just thinking biological design here?
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    A drake can kill a hen if he mates her
     
  7. poultryman17

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    Thanks Kevin, Glad i am asking these questions now rather than later when its too late. Really dont want to be walking in mud to do chores. Dont want a mating issue and end up with a Chuck or a Dicken. haha. thans for the great info. Im thinking maybe i should build a different pen if i want ducks. The girls are wanting to show some of the chickens for 4H and guessing a duck would cause some problems ie. dirty chickens.
     

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