I picked up two new waterers at TSC tonight. I liked the design the price is crazy high for a waterer but I thought I would try it.
I really like them so far and if you have seen them but didn't want pay the price imo they are pretty good.
Here they are
They run $14.99
PLEASE post how well they work out for you. I'm always on the lookout for a better waterer.
Why no males? Male ducks are much quieter than female ducks, and they sound like dirty old men telling jokes. In my experience, they're protective of their girls but utterly incapable of inflicting any harm on other pets or children (excepting the really rare case of a drake that wants to rape a hen. Give him a girl of his own, and he won't bother). Just like with chickens, it's all about individual temperaments, but a drake is a very quiet animal (unlike a rooster), and he can't peck you (unlike a rooster). The only time a duck has ever remotely hurt anyone on my property was when an injured drake(he'd been mauled by a large dog) bit the inside of my upper arm while we (DH and I) were rebandaging him and giving him shots. For all the venom he could possibly muster, I got a teeny tiny bruise--from a 10-12lb drake putting his whole might into biting the most sensitive skin on my body.
My ducks love a kiddie pool, but if you're not willing to give them puddles or tiny pools, get Runners. Runners don't need large bodies of water (none of them do, really when it comes down to it; it's just something they really like to have); just give them a bucket to drink out of and wash their faces in. Runners are also gentle and hilarious (like all ducks, in my experience). Even when they didn't particularly like being pet, they won't hurt anyone. They also flock in a really tight group and look like a roving herd of bowling pins. Like I said, absolutely hilarious.
Also, if you get a small group of them, you get ducklings and eggs. Eggs are huge and great for baking; and ducklings are about the cutest thing on God's green earth.
If you're interested, I have a broody Black Swedish sitting on a bunch of Pekin mixes right now, and I can let you know when they hatch. I have two Pekin drakes, two Rouen hens, one Pekin hen, one Black Swedish, and one chocolate Muscovy. Babies could be any combination of those, and they should be easy to tell apart. All are great layers, and my Pekin hen lays a ton of double yolkers. Outside of emu, I think this bird lays the biggest eggs I've ever seen.
And on another bright side, ducks don't get lost. Even if someone chases them from your property, they always find their way back. They're true blue homebodies.
No males due to the potential chicken mating issue=death to chickens and ultimately duck!!
My son is still trying to convince dad..lol... I'm always willing to try something once! Haha! But I would just need a plan for rehoming if a drake popped up. For as much as the occasional baby quackers waddling filling a momma is soo appealing I think I could accomplish with bought fertile if decided!
I also am more interested in the least noisy breed. My neighbors behind us have what sounds like a hundred that are non stop quacking but I've never seen them as they're on the other side of some trees with a good amount of land between us but wow they annoy me! Haha! I'm sure they think the same about my constant group of crowing machines this side of the trees...if they can hear them over the quacking!
Muscovies are the quietest. They don't even quack. Their looks aren't for everyone, but when I start on waterfowl later this year, it will be Muscovies.