In other news... Anyone with experience with ducks? Are they difficult to take care of compared to chickens? How well can they be kept with chickens (as in, sharing a run space but probably a separate coop, feeding the same feed (all-flock feed), etc.)? I'm not definitely set on getting some, but the FW Children's Zoo got some call ducks and I think I'm in love.
I don't have ducks but sure have read about the mess they can make, wet litter, etc. Take a quick look at this too.... It may be best to house them separately unless you have lots of time to clean your housing...
Calls are tiny and just precious! ducks are a bit more work unless you have a lot of land and a pond. Just 2-3 is not bad at all however. I don't recommend keeping them in with your flock unless they are willing to accept new birds. Keep in mind also, a drake will kill a chicken from internal injuries if he mates her. I have never had the issue with the muscovy, but other duck breeds, like pekin have killed 2 of my hens.
I am so sorry.
I am looking for some hatching eggs in Southwestern Indiana. Preferably non-hatchery, pure bred standard size chickens. I like dual purpose chickens, but I would be willing to consider anything! Please let me know if you have anything you would sell. I live 30 min north of Evansville. I am willing to drive a bit to pick these up.
If someone has what you are looking for further away, chickenfest is saturday the 19th. Maybe an "egg train" can be arranged!
I am so sorry to hear.
Ugh, it's been a busy hot week so far.
I thought I was going to have a sad post about losing my favorite chicken yesterday. Cheeks, my nicely bearded EE was missing. No feathers, nothing. After catching so many critters, I thought maybe one got smart and got her. (And so sorry to hear about the recent losses that a few have posted. It's tough.)
SO I go to throw them some cereal that had just gone past human consumption quality and all the sudden I see this chicken fly out of some weeds and then land just outside the fence. It is Cheeks! She relieves herself (a large one...sorry) and comes running into the chicken yard for treats. So I think, well she was hiding, but then I'm thinking, no something else is going on here.
I got 3 eggs from her starting Father's Day and then have had NOTHING since. I was not happy to see that the only layer had stopped laying. After 3 days. I walk around the area where Cheeks flew out of and nestled into a dug out part tree rooting is a pile of eggs!
There are 19. 19! So Cheeks has been laying consistently for a few weeks. I go tell my DM and DF the good news. How I got a broody EE after +/- 22 layed eggs, I don't know. And Ozzy, my adopted Birchen Marans is her main squeeze and he is on her all the time. Ornery Roo!
And here she is settled over (almost all) 19 eggs. I marked them, but I am going to move her today so I will candle them at that point. Hopefully she transitions ok.
And then I will patiently be waiting to see what comes out!!
So will a Marans X EE be Olive Eggers? Granted Chewie, the black Cochin hasn't had his way. Probably not, Ozzy is pretty selfish of her.
OE's it is! Awesome, congrats!