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I have a decent size shed that I will be turning into a coop and I will be ordering some chicks soon. My neighbor has 13 chickens and 2 Pekin ducks and they share housing/roaming space...Is that safe (as far as diseases and such) ? Also, don't ducks and chickens eat different feed? I would love to have a few ducks too!<br><br>
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Technically, yes, they sould be eating diffirent feed. My local feed mill dosen't carry waterfowl feed though you can only get "grower" and "laying mash", so....<br><br>
I have 2 geese, 2 ducks, 2 turkeys, 10 RIR hens and one RIR rooster living very happily in their little inter-species commune. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> All doing fine on grower.
 

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We have chickens, ducks, and guineas together. When we first got them I tried to feed them seperately but it was impossible so I quit. Now they free range and I throw out cracked corn for them all twice a day.
 

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We've kept ducks and chickens together with geese, no problems.<br><br><br>
Since I want them to have the nutrients they need to provide the maximum amount of eggs, I feed them layer pellets. (actually organic) Many of the other feeds are medicated, layer pellets aren't. It's a good idea to check as YOU don't want to eat the medication in the eggs.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">:<br><br>
Cracked corn is a big treat, they love it and will love you too!
 

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Crissei-your interspecies commune sounds great!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Red-good to know about the feed.<br><br>
Another question--do all the different birds share the same shelter (as far as putting them in at night)??
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Same roof.<br>
I just wanted to add this. The reason I got the geese was so they could be guardians for the chickens. The chickens stay real close to the geese and, if something tries to get them, the geese will attack.<br>
I learned that from my grandmas goose. It was named "Hurricane" for a reason!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Mine all live together too.<br><br><br>
Oh, ducks MUST HAVE water to swallow. Chickens don't need it (for swallowing). If you put the ducks in with any feed at night, be sure they have water!
 

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I don't have time to look it up right now, but there actually are nutrients that ducks need way more of than chickens. They need more protein and more b-vitamins and a certain amino acid, I can't remember what, lysine maybe? Well, I am pretty sure whatever the word is, it starts with an 'L'. I am sure if you look it up, you will find it. We are able to accomodate our ducks by giving them supplements such as Diamon V Yeast for the B-vitamins and Menhadin select fish meal for the specific amino acid (which is pretty much absent in large amounts with other types of protein supplements) and kelp meal for general minerals. We do have one chicken that adopted us one day, but other than that just ducks and geese.
 

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We have chickens, ducks, and turkeys that all eat the same feed and live together fine. The thing you need to look out for when feeding ducks and chickens is that some chicken feed is laden with medicines that will kill the ducks if they eat it. If you have a feed mill nearby, ask if they make their own mixture. Usually they will and it will be void of any medications that could harm your animals. Also, if you free-range, they really won't need a whole lot of extra feed (assuming you have a large enough lot for your amount of birds). In our experience, you can raise multiple types of animals together, and house them together, with no problems. Our turkeys and cats snuggle together at night!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have 2 indian runner ducks which I have ended up having to keep with my chooks. I have never seen specific waterfowl feed for sale here. I feed all my chooks organic laying pellets which have seaweed in. I don't think you can buy medicated feed in our country without a vet prescription but I am not completely sure on that one? I give them all our scraps & all the weeds out of my garden, plus any bugs & grubs I find. I give them free choice shell grit. With the ducks, I was told they need clean water to keep their beaks & eyes clean so I change their water 3 or more times a day if I am home. Otherwise I leave them a couple of big buckets of clean water. They are active at night so I always leave some food in the coop & a clean bucket of water. I also made sure I herded the ducks in at night every night for a while so they got used to going in. So far everyone seems to be fine.<br><br>
One other thing to watch out for. Chooks are asleep at night. You can leave the coop door ajar if you are in there without them trying to get out. dd left the door partly open one night & walked in & the ducks walked out. I found out why they are called runner ducks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Chasing them around at dusk on a cold windy winters night is not my idea of fun. But we did catch them thankfully.
 
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