I'm starting a new duck flock and am going to be buying some Buff Orpington ducks. I had some years ago and really liked the breed. I had Khaki Campbells also at that time and when I walked into the pen the Buffs stayed calm and the Campbells panicked and tried to fly over the sides of the 6 ft. pen.
I'm wondering about the quality of the Buff Orpingtons from Metzer's. I don't expect 'show quality' but hope for something that is a decent example of the breed. Does anyone have any experience with Buff Orpingtons from Metzer's?
I'm also getting a couple of Chocolate Runners and Khaki Campbells for a crossbreeding project from Metzer's as well, and would like information on that if anyone has them.
The reason I hope to buy from Metzer's is that they are big on egg-laying ducks and I'm hoping the Campbells at least are a good egg-laying strain. It would be nice of the Buffs and Runners are good egg-layers too. Most of the other hatcheries I know about specialize in chickens, or don't carry the three breeds I want this year.
(I know many people don't like ANY commercial hatchery stock, but as I am starting out new I want some from a hatchery now and may get some from good private breeders later on.)