I Picked up my part of the NH/VT Silver Appleyard Duck Preservation Project today.
7 ducklings became "back seat drivers" all the way home. Two are mine and the other 5 go to another person interested in this rare breed of duck. Anyone know how to sex 7 day old ducklings? Beak color? These ducks are my "weapons of mass destruction" on garden snails.
I was invaded with snails last year and lost 70% of the food I had planted. I tried the Diatamacious Earth, Bud Lite, coffee grounds, wool and many other safe treatments to try to get rid of them, to no avail. So I have been planning since last August how to avoid the same problem. Expensive solution: Heritage/foraging chicks, snail killing ducks, all supplies and next: hiring a carpenter to build me a well ventilated and secure coop. Fortunately, I found this NH/VT Appleyard Preservation Project and they will be my front line against pests in the garden. As soon as my coop is built I will reserve a few more.
The ducklings are free. Limited supply. Please Consider raising rare breeds.
Anyone have a good coop they no longer need, in Northern Vermont?
Per the ALBC:
Critical: According to the survey, several breeds of ducks, including the Ancona, Magpie, Saxony, and Silver Appleyard, show populations of fewer than 150 breeding birds and one or no primary breeding flocks. If they are to survive each of these requires prompt conservation efforts, including the development of additional primary flocks. Experienced breeders are strongly encouraged to consider working with these breeds.