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Are there any other birds, besides chickens, that produce eggs in quantity? I see a lot of farms have ducks, but I've never quite understood the benefit of ducks - are they raised for meat? In addition, my grandparents had peafowl but I never knew what benefits they gave either - peacocks are surely a horror - at least down here in Florida - they are a horrible invasive species that destroys everything - can't imagine anything good coming from anything with Pea in its name.

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well on the subject of ducks  some lay really well// the khaki campbell lays 250-340 eggs per year on average according to the livestock conservancy website//  I know some are used to weed gardens/ orchards    same with geese 

 

I haven't ever had any other fowl besides guineas we got them specifically to control ticks/ I love them they eat snakes and all kinds of bugs and rodents 

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One fun poly man and an amazingly perfect lady (searching for another who is just as special in all her own ways <333)  , three pitbulls, an english bulldog, 15 acres and a tiny house.. Living the American dream
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My muscovy ducks patrol the yard and eat a lot of ticks and bugs without destroying plants.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #4 of 6

Some ducks are wonderful layers. Some are good for meat. some are just garden patrol.

 

Peafowl, allowed to run lose, are a horror, I agree.

 

Quail are good layers, but you have to have the patience to crack a dozen eggs at a time :P

 

Turkeys are more seasonal layers I believe. Same for geese.

Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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I was always curious why folks got Muscovies! Thank you for sharing that.

 

I've personally been chased by a few geese when I got too close to their nests in urban areas - I always figured these were someone's pet that ended up being released. MAN do they get angry! Seriously ... they'd do a better job protecting my house than any of my pit bulls ever did! (Of course, all my pits were useless lap dogs - never worked a day in their lives)

Life and ink, they run out at the same time, or so said my old friend the squid. ~ Jimmy Buffett

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post #6 of 6
I have muscovy ducks and they are a great dual purpose bird. I get great eggs from them and I get them often they also really don't need pools. The only thing with them is that they are also great flyers and will perch I'm trees or on top of barns.
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