CAN GUINEA FOWLS AND DUCKS LIVE TOGETHER
If you are hoping to become a farmer or own some birds, maybe as pets, then you might be wondering if it is safe to own both guinea fowl and duck and maybe raise them in the same coop. The question is, can guinea fowls and ducks live together?.
Guinea fowls and ducks can live together, but can only live together in peace if the coop is very wide or if they are allowed to roam in an open and wide environment, or the guinea fowls will always make troubles with the ducks.
If you really know the type of bird guinea fowl are, you will know that they are trouble makers and duck on the other side are peace loving and gentle, so you might begin to wonder if these two birds can really stay together in a coop without one harming or even Killing the other.
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Can guinea fowls live in peace with ducks
Your next question might be, ok, if they could live together, can you they really live in peace?.
Guinea fowls and ducks cannot live in peace in the same coop, unless the coop is very large, as the male guinea fowls will always start troubles with the male ducks.
If you want your birds to enjoy peace while staying together, you can do either of these 2 things or even 2 of them at once.
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1st, you might have to allow them to roam freely in an open field or large environment or raise them in a very large coop.
With this method, you can raise any number of both guinea fowls and ducks you like without any of them disturbing the other, as they will try as much as possible to keep out of each other’s way.
Although the male guinea fowls will always move over to the ducks to start problems, but the large environment will always give the peaceful ducks the chance to move away.
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2nd, You might like to raise only the female guinea fowls and female ducks in the same coop.
We all know that male guinea fowls are the troublemakers and the female are not as such, so putting the female of these 2 birds in the same place will reduce attacks and fights, so with this, both can live together in peace.
Can guinea fowls and ducks share the same coop
Can guinea fowls and ducks share the same coop?
They can share the same coop if it is large enough for them to move freely and mind their businesses and keep out of each other’s way.
I have seen these two birds living together in the same coop, and non is disturbing the other, although from my observations, it might be so because the coop has enough wideness to allow them move freely and away from each others way, or there did be fights.
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Although they could share the same coop if it’s large enough to contain them, but once the females among them start laying eggs, they should be removed from the shared coop or the young chicks might be bullied or even some eggs destroyed.
Which of them will rule the Coop if put together
Well you did like to know, between ducks and guinea fowls, which of them will rule or dominate the coop or roost if raised together.
The guinea fowls will always rule when ever they are put together with the ducks in the same coop because they are far more aggressive than the ducks.
This is because the male guinea fowls are troublemakers and are always ready to start a fight, but in the other hands, Ducks are although gentle, but not timid, and so do prefer to ignore the guinea fowls.
Ducks don’t like constant fights, although they can really fight tough, but they normally allow the guinea fowls to rule the coop and stay out if their way.
Can guinea fowls guard your ducks
Judging from how aggressive and fearless the guinea fowls are, especially the male ones, you might begin to wonder if they can really protect the other birds, such as duck if put together in the same coop or environment.
Guinea fowls can guard the ducks from some predators such as small snakes, rats, small cats and also give alert by making noise when it encounters big predators such as fox, big cat etc.
One good thing about the guinea fowl is that, it is loud mouthed and also very fearless.
With these, it can stand out and put a fight with small predators and even kill them. It gives warning by making a lot and lot of noise when bigger predators are close, thereby alerting the other birds and also anybody around.
With these two characteristics, it can guard the ducks and any other birds.
Can guinea fowls and ducks cross breed
Ducks and guinea fowls are very different from each other, even in characters, but the thing is, can they cross breed?.
Duck and guinea fowl can cross breed, but the resulting eggs might be sterile, and if eventually hatched is known as Guin-Duck.
These two birds are no doubt rivals to one each other, but they could still mate and could cross breed.
In some cases, you might notice that male guinea fowls are after the female duck and do always mate them at any slightest opportunity.
They can mate the female duck and have them lay eggs, but it might not hatch and if it does eventually will result to having a cross breed of duck and guinea fowl chicks.
Can guinea fowls and ducks eat the same feed
Guinea fowls and ducks can eat the same feed, especially if they are in the same coop.
Although the two different birds have their various different feeds, but they could still eat the same feed and still be healthy and okay!.
Some farmers and pet owners do not like the idea of spending much more money on buying different feeds for both types of bird, so they do feed both of the birds with the same feed, either with the feeds made for the guinea fowls or the ones made for ducks.
This is more common and simple when the two birds are together in a coop or cage, as it won’t make sense providing each of them with their different feeds because they will still eat each other’s feed and drink each other’s water.
So in essence, ducks and guinea fowls can eat the same feed and still be okay!.
Although these two different birds can live together and the duck could enjoy the protection of the guinea fowls, but to me, they shouldn’t share the same coop if possible because both of them are rivals.
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