I know I saw a few people on here have Khaki Campbells. I'm looking at getting some, but I wanted to check about a few things first. What do you do with your ducks in the winter (guess I should know this anyway since we have the mallards)? I mean are the cooped all winter, or do they go out in the snow? I have read that they are good layers, and that would be my reason for getting any. Will they lay in a box or will I need to send Gavin on an egg hunt everyday? How are their personalities, are they nice enough or are they on the nasty side? I know some wild ducks will roost at night, do the mallards or the campbells need a roost? If I only have hens will they be ok with my chickens (I know drakes can be a bit nasty come spring)? Will I need to worry about clipping wings or are they less likely to fly compared to the mallards?
I also wanted to ask if anyone has had any experience with the American Bresse or Sulmtaler? I'm thinking of getting some, but I'm not sure I want to put that much into chickens (yet). All the places I'm looking at for these birds are (supposedly) from imported true breed parentage. These are just two we're doing our research on for when we move and have a lot more room for free ranging. Plus the in-laws are going to open a farmer's market type store, and we figure if we get a good foundation stock of these rarer (and supposedly tastier) breeds we can try selling them at the store, along with eggs from our layers.
Sorry for all the questions (and probably over explaining stuff), and thanks in advance. I'm sure I could look all this up, but I prefer first hand experiences over "research/studies" when it comes to animals/pets.
I ended up processing all 4 cornish x yesterday, and it was a good thing I did. 3 of them had wounds down to the muscle, and all had more than enough fat. I'll be looking into a plucker before I process the extra cockerels. As well as something for shade, I am redder than a boiled lobster today. Good news is I won't have tan-lines from straps to mess up the wedding pictures. As long as I remember to only wear strapless tops/dresses when I spend a lot of time outside the rest of this year. Provided I'm not around the one niece's horse, I'll leave it at if that gelding had been a human he'd be hurting when my fiance gets home...