Originally Posted by firedragon1982
I love my ducks!! Yes, they are messy, I put them outside by 4 weeks because of how much POOP they created/water they splashed. But they absolutely LOVE it outside. They are Welsh Harlequin, and they are so cute! A bit skittish because I didn't socialize them enough, but I love them anyways! And the geese that hatched with them are HUGE already!
And yes, the hatching addiction is expensive...
Ducks certainly sound adorable!! But I don't know, my chickens tend to stay pretty clean mostly. Though I'm sure I could figure out how to make the ducks cleaner LOL
And yes I'm starting to see that
Originally Posted by Penny Hen
To spot the silkies from the others look for the black beaks.and the dark skin around the eyes.. The Cochins will have feathers on the legs too but will have yellow beaks unless they are black also. So far this year in my area (TN) the Cochins have been lavender and the Silkies have been buff which in baby down is yellow with silver tips. The little tiny chipmunk marked velocoraptors are OEG and they run around viciously pulling the feet fethers of the Cochins and Silkies. I have seen one or two that I thought were Booted Bantams because they didn't have beards like Danvers but were feather legged. Last year there were a lot of Fayoumis but I haven't seen any this year. They are dark brown down. You can go the Murray McMurray's web site and they have baby pictures for each breed. You can check out the bantam breeds baby pics and then you know what you are looking at when you go to TSC.
Wow thanksfor all the info!! Going off this so far it seems like they only have silkies. I will look on McMurray though!!
Originally Posted by Penny Hen
Just don't forget to breathe! It can be very heady at first. If you want to go with a incubator that has everything right off but won't break the bank, look at the ReptiPro. It can even be programed with cooling cycles and has auto turning racks. It runs between $150 and just short of $200 all tricked out with two turners. Nice thing is since you still seem to be at your parents and therefore are probably in school, this incubator can be programed and it will do what you want and you don't have to babysit it like you might a bare bones homemade machine. So you won't be stressing thinking about your eggs frying while you are supposed to be taking a test.
If you catch the building bug though (which can be as addicting as the hatching itself) I recommend the STC-1000 thermostat for temp control. Personally I am still experimenting with different heating elements: Light bulbs, Heat lamp bulbs, metal heating rod. I haven't tried the ceramic Edison coils yet. They screw into a light bulb socket but only give off heat not light. If you use the bulbs search for the ceramic bases. The plastic ones will get brittle and crack over time.
Being that you are still in school you will want an auto turner. You have too much to keep up with already to remember to turn 4 to 6 times a day. Pick something not terribly expensive to incubate first. Good egg layers that when you get your practice in and want to hatch your dream chickens you can sell them at a nice rate to make room/finance the expensive eggs
Thanks so much!!! I am going to look into that one. The other one I considered was Hova Bator Genesis 1588 but this one seems better?
And I do still live at home, you're right on that, but technically I'm not in school at the moment, I didn't like my major plus was having problems so I've been home a while now, taken some classes locally, but anyways, I wanna find another school. Maybe an agricultural program or something. I shluld clarify I graduated high school in 2012, I just turned 22 in March. So I guess I'm really old and really behind on the school thing, I was only at the other one like a year and a half then the local classes. Sorry for rambling though. But you are still right that the auto turner would be better because I'm not sure I would even remember to turn.
Maybe I could find some common breeds like Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Rhode Island Red, Black Australorp, Easter Egger, production red, red sex link or black sex link, etc. And incubate those and rehome them before getting into the expensive eggs like Silkies and rare colors of the above breeds, and Wyandottes,and Speckled Sussex. And ducks. Does this thing incubate ducks???
Originally Posted by kimalulu
The worst thing you could do is not get enough and have them be lonely.
Exactly!! Glad you see my logic.
Originally Posted by mlm Mike
I like ducks to, even with the mess.
Glad you got some healthy chicks. Looks like you are more than ready to set again!
I think you're on the right track with setting your own eggs. Good luck.
Sounds like I need to get myself some ducks stat.