My sister discovered she was expecting after we had already ordered the ducks. She is having a very difficult time with the smells and sights associated with maintaing the brooder. Her hubby really did not want the ducks to begin with and cannot be depended on to help her out even if he were so inclined due to his job schedule. She now feels she has bitten off more than she can chew.
DH and I are debating on whether or not to assume ownership of her three to add to ours. All six were shipped together from Meyer. They are currently two and a half weeks old. I'm not really worried about brooding time. I'm really more concerned with what to expect as free ranging adults.
We already have 15 chickens free ranging an area of approximately 3/4-1acre, the ducks will have the same area to free range with a separate, but adjoining run and house.
Would six ducks be pushing it for a new duck owner, or would the wise choice be to stick with my three? DH is already planning on building a pond for the ducks come spring (recirculating). Is six really a lot more than three when you already have 15 chickens?
I'm not looking for anyone to tell me what to do, I know that's ultimately up to DH and me. I guess I'm looking for the opinions from others whom have ducks and what they would do and why. Thanks so much in advance and sorry so long!