What other types of fowl can I keep with Chickens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SwanLake92, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. SwanLake92

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    I am designing/planning out my coop for my families chickens, that will most likely built either this summer or early next spring. I would like to keep ducks, and guinea hens as well, was just wondering if this is a good idea or if I should make 1 coop with a duck/guinea section and another section for exclusively chickens??? Any help would be greatly appreciated.. Right now the coop I am drawing up is 7'w X 9'L X 8' tall... and a run of about 3-400 sq. feet...

    *** My run will have 2 large kiddie pools. 1 filled with sand for dust baths, and 1 filled with water for my ducks.. The coop is going to have atleast 5 windows, be completely insulated, with screaning... The run will have netting/ chicken wire ALL around it to protect our hens from eagles, hawks, owls... ect... 1 foot underground chicken wire will be laid and up the sides to meet and attach to the run, so that no raccoons, fishers, coyotes, ect.. can get to them....











    Mom to: 1 human child, 1 Pit Bull lil boy, 2 cats, 4 South African Cichlids, 1 plecostomus, and soon chickens, ducks and guineas..
     
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  2. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    You can keep pretty much anything together with chickens except quail. I have ducks and guineas with them and I will prbably separate my turkeys. I will feed turkeys higher protein feed. Just use common sense. The bad thing about having chickens with ducks is there "pond" gets nasty and the chickens drink from it.

    Nate
     
  3. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have ducks in with my chickens I also had geese
     
  4. lady feathers

    lady feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just something to think about.... chicken wire will not keep coons, fishers, coyotes, etc... out! You may want to think about using hardware cloth instead or some welded wire fencing. The rest sounds great though!
     
  5. KFCGirla(TM)?

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    dont put ANY gamebirds with chickens.
     
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  6. Omani

    Omani Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Swanlake92:
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    It sounds like a good set up. Make sure that the sand and water are far enough apart so there's no "splashing" either way. I also would reccommend heavier gauge wire fencing if you're worried about predators. Plus, it will last longer than regular chicken wire.
    Good luck.
     
  7. sweeterdeeter42

    sweeterdeeter42 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had our ducks and chickens together in a large pen with a large kiddie pool for the ducks and the chickens kept drowning in it!! I lost three or so in a days time before we separated them. You would think that chickens would be able to get out, but apparently not all of the time. Maybe mine were "special"............[​IMG] I also had my geese with chickens out in the goat yard. Also had my female pheasant in with the chickens for a time with no problems. But my turkey hen tries to beat up my chickens, so they are separated.
     
  8. SwanLake92

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    Just something to think about.... chicken wire will not keep coons, fishers, coyotes, etc... out! You may want to think about using hardware cloth instead or some welded wire fencing. The rest sounds great though!


    Yea I meant heavier type wire.. just couldn't think of the name of it.. I have read that pretty much anything is fine with chickens as long as they are together at a very young age.. however I have also read/scene setups that have them seperate...
     

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