I need to build a pen for goats but at the same time I also need one for ducks. Can I put them together in the same fenced area and have separate housing?
Thanks. I like your idea of only putting them in the pen for a few hours.Ducks will muck up the water fast so you need a water station they can't get in for the goats to have fresh water. Goats can't have duck food so you have to be really careful about that.
Sometimes I put our ducks in the goat pen for a few hours to clean up the snails which is pretty cool. The ducks and goats ignore each other mostly but a playful goat could easily hurt a duck. As soon as I remove the ducks I have to go through and clean every last water bucket. Even the one I thought was high enough. Dingy ducks will hop into it anyway.
IMO penning them can work if you manage it well though it's not ideal. Mostly the water situation gets tough.
A goat will not deter any bird of prey. Ducks can fall victim to them, just like any other fowl. I lost a large pekin female to a red tail who bit off a bit more than it could chew. My rooster actually smacked the crap out of that hawk until it flew away (spurs are good for something!) but the damage was done. And yes, all this unfolded within seconds, so I did witness this.I just thought of something. We have fencing on our chicken coop run (where the ducks currently reside) to keep the hawks from getting at them. Is this something I'll have to worry about or would the presence of goats deter hawks?
It definitely does.I suppose it depends on the size of the outside space, the number of ducks, and the number of goats.
It's never happened here, but then we rarely have a hawk go after anything here.Would a large prey bird go after a small mini goat or there kids?
You must have much nicer ducks than I have because our ducks have access to a wading pool and a full sized livestock pond and they still foul the chicken's water, the bird baths, and any other water they can possibly fit in, the only thing that saves the goats is they can't get to it.We keep ours together. The ducks have a small pond and a wading pool, and they leave the goats' water alone. (Except for Mr. Drake, a Muscovy - but he's gone now.)