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Hi all, have been keeping hens for bout 12 years now, but would like to get a few ducks.I know they need a pond or water, wat else do I need, can they be housed with hens ?

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

If you have the room it's better to keep them separate. A small low house will do as they sleep on the ground. They might be persuaded to lay in a shallow basket on the ground but sometimes the eggs will be on the floor. Yes they need water, a simple child's paddling pool works great as it's emptied in a few minutes. A big washing up basin is handy too for them to dunk their heads. Ours eat the same as the hens layers pellets and whole wheat in the evening. They won't put themselves to bed like the hens but are very easy to hunt in when you have the feed bucket. The are a bit messy but great fun. Enjoy!

Joseph lawler
Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Thanks for that joseph

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Oh and be prepared to have whatever ground you keep them on turned into a pure shite Bog which will make you wonder why you ever got them in the first place 🤔

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Predation to foxes has always been my down fall with ducks,they dont seem to do well locked in pens and ramble to far from home when loose and really go rambling for slugs in the spring when vixens are raring.

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Ducks are great,give them more space than you would for a hen and they won't be messy. I've a large paddock for them and the hens do more damage and create more muck than the ducks. A small pen and you are looking at no grass and a mud bath.

Adrian Kelly
Friday, April 2nd, 2021

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