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#66148 - 11/30/06 08:42 AM Ducks and Chickens
Starbucks Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 173
Loc: New Hampshire
Does anyone here raise both? Can I raise both together and have a happy little family? I have 22 birds (19 hens, 3 roosters). I was thinkin' this spring maybe getting a couple of ducks, just to have running around. Do ducks eat different food than chickens and can the eat each others food? Do I have to keep them seperate or can they mingle? I don't have a pond, but heard a little kiddie pool is enough- what do ducks do in the winter? laugh Thanks in advance for all your help.

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#66149 - 11/30/06 08:02 PM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Anonymous
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Don't mix them... I raise both but in separate pens. If they are free-range then you can go ahead and get them but if you want to put them in the same pen with chickens then don't do it. Ducks require a different diet than chickens do. A kiddie pool is fine if all you are getting is a pair.

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#66150 - 12/01/06 09:05 AM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Alisha in CA Offline
Bantam

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 57
Loc: California
All mine free range together and seem to just ignore each other. My ducks are domestic breeds though, so maybe that makes a difference.

Since everyone free ranges I just feed them chicken food too. It was impossible to keep them from each others food.

Also, for a pool I was using a kiddie pool for a while. That seemed okay, they just had difficulty getting in and out. I was thinking a ramp would make things easier. Now, I'm digging them a small pond. Presently, it is pretty much a mud hole because I have to soften our dirt so that I can dig it, but the ducks love it!

The ducks do poop in the water, so it's not good for the chickens to drink it. That can be a problem. The ducks want to climb into any water they see and then they make a mess and knock the water everywhere. Most people don't keep ducks and chickens together for that reason. Chickens need to stay dry and ducks need water that is at least deep enough to put their entire bill into or else they can choke to death.

I have no idea what to do about ducks in the winter. It's barely gotten down to freezing here. The ducks run right into the water in the mornings though! Burrrrr!

[img]http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/Album...331/t_=50036331[/img]

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#66151 - 12/01/06 02:13 PM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Joachim Dippold Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1823
Loc: Austria
Hello Starbucks,

Letting ducks and chickens free-range together works fine for us. The pins (Indian Runner Ducks) are where the water is and the birds (Brahmas) are where itīs dry.

We use different coops, though. This is important because water + ducks = total mess;-) And because ducks are resistant against e.g. cocci and can carry the illness and then the birds get it from the ducks. Ducks and chickens in the same coop is not a good idea, it even is prohibited in Germany, no kidding. (I bet they have laws against and for everything, hehehe)

Our pins eat chicken-food too but we provide them extra duck-food also because they have somewhat different requirements (because they are different species).

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what do ducks do in the winter?
Well, take a look: http://www.krassesrudel.at/page2.shtml#convoy . Scroll up on our site and youīll see the pins the very first time they experienced snow: they were speechless;-)

Direct-links to the clips in case the link above doesnīt work: http://www.krassesrudel.at/pins/pinsconvoyisdn.wmv (dial-up) and http://www.krassesrudel.at/pins/pinsconvoyklein.wmv (DSL/cable).

Best greetings,

Joachim

PS: Alisha, this is the link to your pic that doesnīt showe up in your posting above: http://www2.snapfish.com/slideshow/Album...331/t_=50036331

You have to click it and then the picture-link is kinda "generated" and therefore you cannot share the picture-link as easy as one might wish;-) If you want to share a pic in The Coop itīs adress must end at either .GIF or .JPG (i think).

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#66152 - 12/01/06 05:29 PM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Alisha in CA Offline
Bantam

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 57
Loc: California
Thanks, I wasn't sure if that worked or not.

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#66153 - 12/02/06 04:59 AM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Rogo16 Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 439
Loc: Arizona
Don't know how they'd do confined, but all my species free range together.

Ducks don't need to swim. Some just keep a bucket or two of water for the ducks to dunk in during the warm months.

Ducks need deep drinking water containers to be able to dunk their head in to wash out their nares (nostrils).
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#66154 - 12/02/06 07:48 AM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Joachim Dippold Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1823
Loc: Austria
Hello Rogo16,

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Ducks don't need to swim.
Hhhmm, then why do they have fat-glands? I thought ducks were waterfowl...

confused greetings,

Joachim

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#66155 - 12/02/06 09:38 AM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Rob2 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 3068
Loc: Pennsylvania
My waterfowl all do perfectly fine with buckets for water. I do have a small plastic mortar mixing tub(approx. 25 gallons) which I fill with water once in a while for them.
My chickens and waterfowl forage together but I would never house them together, for sanitary reasons alone its a bad idea.

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#66156 - 12/02/06 01:10 PM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Anonymous
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It's not just sanitary reasons that you shouldn't house them together... I can't stress enough that they are completely DIFFERENT species and therefore need COMPLETELY DIFFERENT enclosures... Also to those of you that are feeding waterfowl a chicken's diet, they may be living but it doesn't mean that they are anywhere near thriving. That would be like a person eating nothing but junk food and saying "well I'm alive" but the person wouldn't be thriving. It is okay for them to free-range together but housing together is just ignorant. Make sure you feed them what they need to be fed and not just something that will keep them alive for a while... Do lots of research on the species you are interested in and make SURE they are getting the right diet.

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#66157 - 12/02/06 01:47 PM Re: Ducks and Chickens
Anonymous
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i keep muscovies cooped with my chickens 5 of them .there 6 yrs old now i feed them greens lettuce etc corn and whatever the chickens eat.muscovies have no oil glands unlike other ducks

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