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post #11 of 17

Local stores will normally order straight run, which means they get males and females and you can't tell them apart unless you vent sex them.

 

If you want a drake you should get at least 3 females. Sometimes you can have a mating pair but it is more likely that the female would get stressed from being over breed. If you just want the ducks as pets, and you only want two, I would recommend getting only females.

 

Metzer Farms has Blue Swedish. You can order a minimum of two ducks and they will sex them. You will pay more for the sexing and for a small order. I went with Metzer because I only wanted 4 girls and I wanted a specific breed that I couldn't find locally. I was very happy with the order.

 

http://www.metzerfarms.com/BlueSwedishDucks.cfm?CustID=9536548&ID=BS&BirdType=Duck&Breed=Blue%20Swedish

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for that info! I didn't think about the female being stressed from being over bred...good point. I'd like to have some ongoing eggs which is why we were thinking a male and female for pets but maybe 2 females and a male we will keep. Very helpful, thanks!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by BlakeRyan View Post

Thanks for that info! I didn't think about the female being stressed from being over bred...good point. I'd like to have some ongoing eggs which is why we were thinking a male and female for pets but maybe 2 females and a male we will keep. Very helpful, thanks!

If you are not planning on raising baby ducks, forget the drake, just get hens. you do not need a drake for eggs. the hen will produce eggs with out the drake.Just get 3 hens and they will be happy as a flock. Drakes need 5 to 6 hens , other wise the hen`s will be stressed. Drakes have no mercy .

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
If I place an order on Metzer for already hatched ducks, will they come as babies or are they full grown ducks?
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
And what would I need if I ordered eggs that hadn't hatched yet?
post #16 of 17
To start, an incubator! Plus supplies. Then, a brooder. Plus supplies. That's a whole different discussion!!! I love hatching though. There's some great links for that and lots of people here hatch!!!
post #17 of 17
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

That link is a great place to start and has even more links. Ask anything...!!!
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