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White Layer Ducks from Metzer Farm

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Does anyone have any of the White Layer Ducks from Metzer Farm? Are they calm and friendly? Are they extremely loud or more on the quiet side? I like the look of the Pekins but they are to loud for my backyard flock from what I've read. I'm planning on a couple of Welsh Harlequins and maybe a couple of these. I will have to get females because they will free range with my 10 hens during the day, they will have separate coops for night.

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My Pekins weren't loud unless I was late on letting them out in the morning! I also had a Rouen, I LOVED her! Beautiful, sweet, calm and a super layer. Metzer just says white layer ducks?

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The only really loud duck I've gotten from Metzer is my cayuga (I also got a welsh, black swedish and a buff). She is SO loud whenever she gets excited. My other ducks are pretty quiet aside from her.

Usually Metzer has breed descriptions, have you checked those out? It might give you a better idea.


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I read the breed description but it focuses on their laying ability and not much on their personality. The only thing I found on temperament is calm.

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It is really hard to predict the potential noise level of ducks.  Some say that Cayuga are very quiet and JJ says that is her loud breed.  This happens all the time where one person says one breed is  noisy and someone else says theirs are very quiet.  My guess is it has to do with their rank in the flock and how nervous they are.  And nervousness is just as variable as noise in breeds.  I have spoken to Dave Holderread about nervousness and he feels a flock of ducks can be made very nervous by a single event when they are young.  I know I am not being of much help other than to say there are no guarantees when it comes to noise and nervousness in duck breeds.

PS Our White Layers are average amongst our flocks in terms of noise and nervousness.

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It is really hard to predict the potential noise level of ducks.  Some say that Cayuga are very quiet and JJ says that is her loud breed.  This happens all the time where one person says one breed is  noisy and someone else says theirs are very quiet.  My guess is it has to do with their rank in the flock and how nervous they are.  And nervousness is just as variable as noise in breeds.  I have spoken to Dave Holderread about nervousness and he feels a flock of ducks can be made very nervous by a single event when they are young.  I know I am not being of much help other than to say there are no guarantees when it comes to noise and nervousness in duck breeds.

PS Our White Layers are average amongst our flocks in terms of noise and nervousness.


Completely agree.  There's no real way to predict how loud they are going to be other than you can guarantee that the females will always be louder than the males.

 

My loudest is a WH hen.  My quietest/calmest ever was a Pekin drake.

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Are white layers friendly or affectionate? 

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