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    Re: We have chickens

    I had chickens as a kid and really miss having them. Then I ended up rescuing two ducklings... so now we have fresh duck eggs and two of the sweetest, most loving ducks you can imagine.

    I don't think we'll do ducks AND chooks until we have a larger property, but I would recommend backyard chooks to anyone. Except if you need to keep your lawn pristine. Ducks don't ruin the lawn badly though, unless you have them on the same patch 24/7.

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    Re: We have chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post
    I had chickens as a kid and really miss having them. Then I ended up rescuing two ducklings... so now we have fresh duck eggs and two of the sweetest, most loving ducks you can imagine.

    I don't think we'll do ducks AND chooks until we have a larger property, but I would recommend backyard chooks to anyone. Except if you need to keep your lawn pristine. Ducks don't ruin the lawn badly though, unless you have them on the same patch 24/7.
    We live two streets over from the river and had considered ducks but with all the animals on the Island we were afraid they would get killed. The chicks we can put in the coop at night.

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    Re: We have chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ula View Post
    We live two streets over from the river and had considered ducks but with all the animals on the Island we were afraid they would get killed. The chicks we can put in the coop at night.
    We used to coop our ducks, and we cooped geese & peafowl as well. We have to here - to many carnivorous critters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    We used to coop our ducks, and we cooped geese & peafowl as well. We have to here - to many carnivorous critters.
    Would ducks and chickens get along in the same coop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ula View Post
    Would ducks and chickens get along in the same coop?
    Yes, no problem.

    But don't mix geese with smaller birds (you can have one, to act as "mother") because they tend to trample smaller birds with their big flappy feet.

    P.S. I prefer duck eggs to chicken eggs
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Yes, no problem.

    But don't mix geese with smaller birds (you can have one, to act as "mother") because they tend to trample smaller birds with their big flappy feet.

    P.S. I prefer duck eggs to chicken eggs
    Duck eggs are amazing!!! When I was younger we had ducks and chickens together. Dad hatched both chickens and ducks so they grew up as a family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ula View Post
    We live two streets over from the river and had considered ducks but with all the animals on the Island we were afraid they would get killed. The chicks we can put in the coop at night.
    At the old house we cooped ours at night. At the current house their pen is fox proof and we'll build a fox proof one at the new house. But cooping ducks at night is perfectly fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rae'ya View Post
    At the old house we cooped ours at night. At the current house their pen is fox proof and we'll build a fox proof one at the new house. But cooping ducks at night is perfectly fine.
    Here we have 'coons, 'possums, bobcats, bear, and a variety of weasel-y animals, ranging from martins to minks, and probobly some predators we haven't met yet.

    There's really nothing we can do to keep them completely safe, especially from the weasel-ies, that can get through a tiny hole and reek massive destruction in a single night. You need to know your local predators, and reconcile yourself to the reality that, over time, nature always wins.
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    Re: We have chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Here we have 'coons, 'possums, bobcats, bear, and a variety of weasel-y animals, ranging from martins to minks, and probably some predators we haven't met yet.
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    Re: We have chickens

    Quote Originally Posted by B. de Corbin View Post
    Here we have 'coons, 'possums, bobcats, bear, and a variety of weasel-y animals, ranging from martins to minks, and probobly some predators we haven't met yet.

    There's really nothing we can do to keep them completely safe, especially from the weasel-ies, that can get through a tiny hole and reek massive destruction in a single night. You need to know your local predators, and reconcile yourself to the reality that, over time, nature always wins.
    In South Australia we only need to worry about foxes, quolls and birds of prey (who will snatch juvenile chooks and ducks in broad daylight if you don't have a roof or netting over them). But in other parts of Aus they also have pythons that will take adults, tassie devils, dingos and crocs to worry about. Part of why I live down south! I'm glad I don't have to worry about racoons and weasels.

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