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Thread Starter 

I am totally new to this 'thread' stuff so have just found the 'duck thread'.  For a newbie it ain't easy. 

 

Anyhow, for those who have ducks, would you recommend eggs OR ones already hatched?  If hatched, what is an appropriate age?  I actually ordered an incredible (expensive, but I don't do anything else like eat out, go to bars, travel or have any fun - so this is my splurge), large coop and run that is quite impressive.  It will be able to set it up in 3 weeks. 

 

From what I've read, I think going with a duck who is over 4 months old would be ideal, but I can't find any of those.  Also, I see there are Companies who ship birds.  I guess they wouldn't be in business if it was harmful to the birds, but that seems a bit harsh to me.   Do the birds handle the trip okay?  Do they seem less healthy/happy than locally bought birds? 

 

I am SO excited, but want to do this right for both the birds and myself - so want to gather as much information as possible.  Any personal experiences/stories/advice is greatly appreciated!  Thank you.

post #2 of 5
Don't know about mail ordering full grown birds but day old ducklings do fine in the mail. I wouldn't do eggs if it were me but you can do as you please. Craigslist or your local stockyard may be a good place to find grown ducks.
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Thread Starter 

Yeah, really hard to find breeds I am considering, locally.  Adult birds seem impossible to find around here.  I have 3 weeks though, so will keep looking for reputable sources.

 

So day-old chicks are fine being shipped?  That's good to know!  I was really wondering.  Figured no one would ship an adult - that would be interesting.  Chicks being fine with shipping opens up a whole new world.  Thank you.

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Originally Posted by lonebluetear View Post

Yeah, really hard to find breeds I am considering, locally.  Adult birds seem impossible to find around here.  I have 3 weeks though, so will keep looking for reputable sources.

So day-old chicks are fine being shipped?  That's good to know!  I was really wondering.  Figured no one would ship an adult - that would be interesting.  Chicks being fine with shipping opens up a whole new world.  Thank you.
Check out Murray mcmurray hatchery. They are great for mail ordering day olds.
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Excellent!  Thanks again!  I'll check them out now.  I LOVE THIS SITE!!!  :weee

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