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post #11 of 66
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Originally Posted by MissPrissy 

If by some chance she did hatch out ducklings in winter she would take care of them. There is no babysitting.


We're talking about a runner - so I doubt she would brood them in the first place - but with my luck you never know.  Plus where we are it is cold and windy in the winter and my barn door stays open 24/7 for my donkeys, so again - brooding ducklings in the winter - nah!  Egg patrol will be in full swing.

post #12 of 66

OK, maybe a little off topic...but,  of my 4 ducks, 3 are drakes. they will be 17 weeks old this week so i'm expecting to start finding an egg or two a week soon.

my real question is obviously a ratio of 3:1 is not good, but what is ideal?  I know that with chickens it is WAY better to have like a 7-8:1 hens:roosters, but what about ducks? 

I do not want the boys picking on my girl all day long. if it matters...my girl is a pekin and my boys are rouens (2) and a cayuga.

post #13 of 66

Those 3 males will mate her until she is in shreds. You want 3 - 4 females to 1 male. Unless you plan to get some females that are mating size you need to keep the males away from her. 4 males can be viscious - not only will they gang style her all the time but they will fight each other over her as they mature. Sorry but it is the ugly truth.

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post #14 of 66

Do ducks make any sort of "annoucement" that they've laid an egg, like chicken hens do??

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post #15 of 66

I haven't noticed mine making any special noise.  They lay around five in the morning, and I hear no more than their typical chatter, with the occasional, "Hey lady!!!! Get up!!! Let us out!!!"

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People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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Please consider adopting rescued ducks.

 

David Holderread:  

People often ask if they should "put down" a bird that has suffered major injuries.  In my experience, birds appreciate the opportunity to recover.  Ducks have an amazing ability to heal, even from injuries that appear to be catastrophic.

 

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post #16 of 66

Do they lay throughout the winter?  I have 18 in the bator, but I am only familiar with quail.  My quail stop laying when they don't get 12-14 hours of sunlight/day.

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post #17 of 66

Sunlight is the key for ducks too, but some breeds go longer through the winter before stopping. I have Welsh Harlequins now, but I have also had khaki's, runners and a buff. They all took off December and January, but start laying again in February. You can give them supplemental light if you want, but I think they earn some time off big_smile

We're talking about a runner - so I doubt she would brood them in the first place - but with my luck you never know.


LOL. I thought the same thing. Chrissy set me straight! gig
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #18 of 66

I was wondering when my Khaki Campbell will start laying every sight says a different thing

post #19 of 66

Krissy7, I have the same question so I thought I would bump this up to the top for you/us big_smile

post #20 of 66
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Originally Posted by Krissy7 

I was wondering when my Khaki Campbell will start laying every sight says a different thing


When you see these small oval things in their pen you should have your answer. Each strain is different. Our Buff Ducks from Ideal poultry started laying at about 5 months old. The Metzer Buff Ducks started at about 6 months old. It variers by breed, variety and strain on all poultry, not just ducks.

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Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

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An emergency came up. Prayers needed. Be back on 4/28/14 or later.

Hall Family Farm specializes in Heritage breeds of poultry.

Buff Orpingtons are our favorite. We also have: Black, Blue and White Orpington, Australorp, Red Dorking

Dark Brahma, Buff Minorca, Arkansas Blues, American Buff Geese, Narragansett Turkeys.

Jahdan is working with several more.

 

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