Hi DUCKGIRL! Sorry I took so long to reply, I've been offline. Not too many questions, I LOVE to talk about my ducks. I used to be on this forum a lot but got so busy with raising ducks I had to cut way back from being online. This time of year is too early to be raising ducklings in Colorado, but now that laying has started I just can't wait to get the incubators going! Seems like all I think about now is making duck breeding plans.
This year I have five Welsh Harlequin hens and just one drake. (Plus breeding pairs of four other breeds.)
- My drake came from an order of SQ from Holderreads, I got the "pick of the litter" of the drakes just because the gal that ordered them doesn't breed them, she just wanted to have the best WH and could afford to do it.
- The oldest girl I have whose photo was in the first link is four years old and has been my best layer up till now. I bought her from a local prize winning breeder/poultry judge. She is certainly up to standard, if not SQ.
- I have a three year old gold phase Holderread hen, not from a SQ order, but she really has unusully elegant form. I want to breed a line of silver phase WH from her now that I finally have a drake that breeds true silver with great form and color, plus she's a good layer too.
- I have one daughter I hatched from my current drake with my original four year old hen. She looks a lot like her mother.
- I also have two first year hens I hatched from that flock of SQ WH. One looks great and the other one's feet aren't darkening up enough yet so I will probably sell her this summer. I also have to make sure these new ones keep up the laying standard or I won't keep them.
You know DUCKGIRL, I think you will find two drakes with four hens will be too much, unless you raise them as trios, they may be more mellow that way. WH drakes get really really active with the girls once breeding season begins.