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#66070 - 02/13/09 01:40 PM fowl compatible with chickens?

What other fowl are compatible with chickens in a backyard coop? We don't have water so ducks won't work.

#66071 - 02/13/09 02:14 PM Re: fowl compatible with chickens?
Foehn Offline
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Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1974
Loc: New Zealand
Turkeys are usually ok but they do need more space. Guinea fowl are not ok, they can and will gang up on young chickens. You don't have to have lots of water for ducks. It's only essential for them to be able to wash out their bills, and you can use a small paddling pool or something like that for them to swim in. Tip the water into your flower gardens occasionally, they will love you for it.

#66072 - 03/10/09 07:50 PM Re: fowl compatible with chickens?
Luisa Fels Offline

Registered: 02/28/07
Posts: 69
Loc: California
Hi Jenny (I hope this isn't a repetition--my first attempt at responding got jolted out of its box.) We have 7 geese, 10 chickens (bantams of various ilk), and +/- 20 guineas. All of these birds squabble in-group for gender supremacy, but group to group all co-exist. None is a youngster--that may make a difference, but they've been with us since day-old. So far so good! Good luck!
L. Fels

#66073 - 03/24/09 06:53 PM Re: fowl compatible with chickens?
Ridekool Offline
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Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 313
Loc: Canada
I run my 2 muscovies hens, 2 female geese, a pair of Guineas and my poulty of variying sizes together with very little problems.
The guineas and geese can be mean with the odd hen (pulling out feathers) but it only happens when the group gets fed and once spring/summer hits and everyone is outside, I've almost no spats between the birds. I have not (yet) had any casualties or blood drawn - some missing feathers from time to time, but nothing serious. The gunieas were raised with the chickens as day olds, the geese and ducks were not.
I did have another pair of guineas years ago that I bought when they were a few months old and had no issues with them either running with the chickens, even though they had never seen a chicken before I brought them home.

Muscovies don't need a lot of water, just a bucket/pail to dunk their heads in. They stay clean as long as their water is changed everyday and they can splash it around - my one 'scovie hen refuses to swim in the bath tub provided and only uses a small water pail for a 'sponge bath'.


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