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Best backyard duck breed?

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We have decided to get a few ducks.  I am really lost on the best breeds for suburbia.  We would like eggs, but we have plenty of hens, so laying isn't really critical.  We have on order some Cayugas, but I can still change that for a few weeks. 

We need quieter, good natured ducks.  Any ideas?  Are Cayugas good?

Andrea
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we have white pekin, they are good cause they can't fly around, but all ducks will leave a big mess if you have too many. they love the little swimming pool, and they love to poop.
I have a smaller kacki campbell, the female pekin is quite loud, the male is quieter. the kacki's are pretty quite. the muskovey are the quietest ones but they can fly.

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I just love my white pekin ducks.  They are not really noisy unless something is upsetting them. So if we hear them in the house we know something is wrong.

Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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Helaine in Olalla,Wa             

1 silkie, 4 white rock/buff orpington, 1 jersey giant, 5 RIR, 2 cochens,1 american chinchilla,  2 creme d argent, 2 white beveren's and 2 white mini satin rabbits.   
5 cute grandkids !
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post #4 of 57

Muscovy! big_smile  Bug eating monsters who LOVE people!  AND they don't QUACK.


Edited by Wildsky - 7/20/08 at 1:28pm
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Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion!
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post #5 of 57

Wildsky - AMEN!

I love our muscovies over the others. However, their is a change you'll get some wandering souls - they can fly. We have one who jumps up into the hen box to lay her eggs.

The thing I like the most about them is that they are quiet and not as mean as our other ducks towards everything else. They more or less leave the chickens alone but our Swedish Blue pulls everyones' tail feathers out. He's also constantly grabbing his ducklings and throwing them around. Freecycle here I come.

Eccentric old crone, village herbalist, wife and mother to 4 great kids; 2 curious grandsons; and owned by 10 lazy cats (including Lazarus, our miracle); 1 African Gray; 3 muscovies; a pond full of gold fish and far too many chickens to count!
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Eccentric old crone, village herbalist, wife and mother to 4 great kids; 2 curious grandsons; and owned by 10 lazy cats (including Lazarus, our miracle); 1 African Gray; 3 muscovies; a pond full of gold fish and far too many chickens to count!
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post #6 of 57

I have 2 Cayugas that are pretty quite but the female can be loud if she wants to be.  My Pekins tend to be really loud esp. the female.  They are down in the barn and when I open the house door sometimes I hear my Pekin female Quacking really loud as she is happy I am outside and may come give her a treat.

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Originally Posted by Wildsky 

Muscovy! big_smile  Bug eating monsters who LOVE people!  AND they don't QUACK.


Rouens tonguelol
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Edited by ticks - 7/20/08 at 1:48pm
RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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post #8 of 57

From what I just read online, Cayugas are a good choice for you because they are much more quiet than Pekins and others.
Good luck and enjoy!

post #9 of 57

Saxony!!!!!!   quiet, friendly  usually really like people and will follow you around.    Nice , Nice breed of duck

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Saxony,Calls,Kacki Campbells,Grey Runners  Coming Soon  Dutch hookbills
Chickens:  Dutch, Phoenix, Cochins, White faced black spanish, Modern Game, RIR,Seremas and Rosecombs
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Northernlights Critters
Saxony,Calls,Kacki Campbells,Grey Runners  Coming Soon  Dutch hookbills
Chickens:  Dutch, Phoenix, Cochins, White faced black spanish, Modern Game, RIR,Seremas and Rosecombs
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post #10 of 57

I guess it is each persons own perefernce (sp) I tend to like the Rouens because I duck hunt and the yare pretty much Mallards.

RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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RSL, PR, BR, GL, EE hens... more chicks to come.
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