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    11-21-2010, 06:57 PM
Question Duck and chicken compatibility

I know weird title but it makes sense.
My duck coop got broke so I put her in with the chickens. Thinking they are both birds they will be fine. Today I went out there to see her and she had little red peck mark on the back of her head. Poor Killer, that's the duck's name. My mum said, ''it's okay. Like the horses fight to see who boss."
Are my chickens duck racist?
Will she be okay? Or do I need to build another coop?
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    11-21-2010, 08:35 PM
In my experience ducks and chickens don't get along in a small coop. Given preference the ducks will avoid the chickens. If you want to see a real fight though, put a goose in with the chickens! Seriously, though, I would take the duck out of there. It needs its own space.
    11-21-2010, 11:35 PM
Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
In my experience ducks and chickens don't get along in a small coop. Given preference the ducks will avoid the chickens. If you want to see a real fight though, put a goose in with the chickens! Seriously, though, I would take the duck out of there. It needs its own space.

Yea Killer is avoiding the chickens, it's bad man..
I'm going to fit the duck coop, I thought she would like it so she was fly around some unlike her duck coop.
    12-27-2010, 01:36 PM
Mine get along fine...
    12-27-2010, 01:46 PM
My don't we had to put Killer in her own coop.. Killer is the duck. They hate her...
    12-27-2010, 09:58 PM
I have two muscovy ducks - a female and a drake... and they get along fine with my four hens and rooster... they all sleep in a smallish coop together at night. Maybe the type of ducks make a difference... anyway, best of luck with them :)
    02-16-2011, 02:55 PM
My ducks and chickens get along, but they don't exactally hang out with eachother. When let roam around, they get a huge space that they can separate themselves from eachother. Having one duck with a bunch of chickens they might have a bit of a squabble. It's best to keep them separated.
    02-16-2011, 06:30 PM
We have an indian runner drake in with our chooks, the hen house opens onto the main run and we bought a little nesting box for Willy (the drake) and they mingle during the day - Willy spends most of the day on the little pond hanging out on the island in the middle and the chooks are too 'chicken' to go in the water and so they can get away from eachother , chooks go in their house at night , Willy goes in his at night - no problems.

Have just bought Willy a girlfriend - christened ''cheap' Date " by DH - will be interesting to see how it goes.
    02-16-2011, 06:32 PM
We have a couple of Quail in the big run too - , no problems , they sleep with the chooks
    02-20-2011, 06:34 PM
I have 5 geese, 8 ducks, 2 turkeys and a dozen chickens all together in the same pen. They have a lot of room to run around and three different spots to get in out of the weather. But they all get along fine.

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