Thinking about adding a couple ducks to my chicken flock..

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by stephensc7146, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. stephensc7146

    stephensc7146 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So the idea has just popped into my head.. I think I may want to get 2 or 3 ducks to add to my flock of chickens as a birthday present to my best friend. Lots of questions go along with that also. Before I get too excited with this idea, I would love all you proud duck owners to help me out a bit. [​IMG]

    Question 1 is the biggest and most important -
    Can chickens and ducks live together and share a coop in harmony?

    Q2 - Are their any coop differences that will need to be made for ducks?

    Q3 - Will they be okay together in a (pretty decent sized) fenced in run?

    Q4 - I know ducks require water, and i've heard kiddie pools work just fine, but that is the extent of what I know.. Why is water such an important role in a ducks life

    Q5 - Are ducks aggressive when raised from birth? (I like being able to socialize with my hens, so I don't want to be chased around by a mean ol duck while trying to do so)

    Q6 - Any differences in brooding chicks and ducks? Possible to do both together in same brooding area? differences in food, temp, getting along, etc?

    Q7 - ANY other duck/chicken related info I should know?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  3. The Howards

    The Howards Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi. This is what we did and have found out for ourselves, it worked for us. I am sure someone will be able to add more info.
    1- I have 2 muscovies and 2 chickens that share a small house but the other 5 chickens and 4 ducks live in separate houses. We are building a new larger main coop and I plan to try and house them all together.
    2- Most duck breeds like to nest on the floor, muscovies like to perch like chickens though. So you will need to have an area where the ducks can nest without being under the chickens (you don't want droppings landing on them).
    3-Ours (a total of 7 chickens and 6 ducks) live in a large run together. They all eat out of the same bowls and the chickens are constantly drinking out of the ducks water tubs. It will take time but they should live together happily.
    4-They need to dunk their heads in the water to moisten their eyes, mouths, and nasal areas. They also use it to eat. They will scoop up some food and use water to help move it down their throats. We have a large kiddie pool, a large cement mixing tub, and several shallow rubbermaid type containers scattered around for them. When brooding them put a container in with them so they can dunk their heads but not large enough to actually get into or you will have a big mess.
    5-This may depend on the breed. I think males can become a little more aggressive during mating season (we only have girls). But typically when they are raised from ducklings they will be used to you and will accept your touch. Our pekin and rouens will come up to us if we have treats and take them out of our hands, the muscovies (which we did not get as ducklings) are coming around and will come close but do not like to be touched.
    6-Can't offer any advice here as I haven't brooded them together. Although we brooded them pretty much the same. If you allow the ducklings to swim in the tub or what not you have to be sure they dry off. They are easily chilled when wet, which is not good. Also keep the bedding clean and dry, moisture is not good for them it can cause respiratory problems. As far as food/supplements they need niacin so you may need to add this to their feed. We fed all of ours non-medicated chick starter. The whole flock now eats a general flock raiser formulated for ducks and chickens.
    7-Ducks are like little piggies, they LOVE to play in the mud and dig mud holes. They are a delight to watch. They are great at watching the sky and will alert if there is a hawk around. Any time I see an eye to the sky I know there is something there. Ours also alert if someone comes in the yard or if an animal is in our neighbors yard that does not belong. If you have raised chicks before you know what a mess they can make, well multiply that mess by 100. That is how messy ducks can be. They poop a lot!! I mean A LOT and it can be projectile with some serious power behind it.

    If you decide to get them you will thoroughly love them. They are a hoot to watch and interact with.
     
  4. stephensc7146

    stephensc7146 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad that both of your answers are helping me lean toward buying them! :) I have a nice size shed that I am still figuring out how to set up before I buy the materials to start building the inside so I still have time to make the duck accommodations. [​IMG]
     
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