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    richie_f82 is offline Germinator
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    Morning all, Just a quick question to those with allotments.

    I have kept chickens in the past in my previous gardens with not issues, but now I have an allotment I am debating to myself is I should get chickens again or keep ducks.

    Either would be kept for eggs not meat. A family member has a small holding and though they try to keep the ducks and chickens separate, they always end up in the same field! So do I raise both together and have both or stick to one or other?

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    How far away is your allotment? I’ve never kept ducks but I believe (like turkeys) you need to put them to bed.
    At least with chickens they will go in the coop at the right time, you can set up timers etc so you aren’t tied.

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    It's a 5 minute walk from my house so putting them to bed isn't an issue. The chickens I had previously put themselves to bed and I left the coop door open so they could come and go.

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    Does anyone else keep any on your lottie?

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    A couple of holders have chickens but no turkeys or ducks

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    Will you be building a secure run?

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    It will be as secure as I can make it, I'll use inspiration from the other runs nearby and make it as fox proof as I can
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    I've had geese and chooks run together with no problems, Although we used to provide a paddling pool for the geese which needed changing everyday. Ducks too need access to water -more than geese if I recall correctly?

    Geese also need to be put to bed and that can be a pain when you get home at 11.30pm or later after an evening out, (you've maybe had a few drinks too)and it's dark and the birds don't want to go away!
    We had 5geese and it would take 2 of us up to 20 mins to get them to go in...flippin pain by torchlight!

    Never had ducks, so can't really answer your question.
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