Which poultry can share a coop?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by conny63malies, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    So we are just about done living the Army life. Ordered all my poultry and livestock. Now I am thinking, boy that a LOT of sheds and coops to build- maybe some can share their digs.
    We are getting broilers, some bantams( got that coop) about a done LF layers, a trio of Swedish ducks(need their own coop)6- 8(ish) pekin ducks and bourbon red turkeys. I know that the broilers wont go with the layers and the chickens cant go with the turkeys.
    So since I will only keep about 6 pekins over winter and only 4 turkeys(one male and three females) could they share the coop with turkeys or should the ducks move in with the chickens? The chickens will get a 9x12 coop from a Lowes kit, the broilers will get a 8x8 hoop coop and the turkeys could have a 4x6 or 4x7 coop by themselves. The pekin ducks could also temporarely move in with the broilers. The swedes will get a little 4x4 coop for themselves.
    There will be a LOT of building going on in the spring, good thing I love constructing stuff.
     
  2. PinkFlamingoFrm

    PinkFlamingoFrm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have turkeys, pheasants, ducks and chickens all in the same pen right now. I dont know if breeds determine temperament or anything but the ducks are blue swedish, the chickens are crevecoeur, pheasants are red golden and turkeys are royal palm & one white midget. There is only a couple of each, but they get along fine. I havent had any issues and they have lived together for about 8 months. I didnt mean to do it that way, but we had a bear attack and I had to do an emergency rearrange, and the birds didnt seem to mind each other,so we left them. They have a decent amount of space, I just dont have the measurements of it.
     
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  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I was trying to keep the turkeys away from the chickens because of blackhead. Our blue swedes will have to get their own place since they will belong to my son.
     
  4. Kakota

    Kakota Out Of The Brooder

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    Any fowl can live together just introduce them slowly to others. I've had turkeys, chickens and ducks together.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Since the broilers only need a place for 8ish weeks, could you house all the ducks together for that time? Then separate after the broilers are processed.

    I've raised ducks and chickens together with no problems. Just a large run so the ducks can have a muddy area around their kiddie pool, and female ducks so the drakes don't start thinking the hens look sexy.

    If you're only getting large fowl layers, not roosters, you can house them with the bantams. Again, lots of space for everybody.

    Never tried ducks and turkeys, sorry.
     

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