I don't eat the ducks we raise either. We started in March 2014 with four Rouen ducklings. People told us they were good to eat and terrible egg layers, but my females were excellent egg layers, especially this summer. Sadly, two of them were killed by predators. After some research, I think the second one was killed by a raccoon. I think we may plan to build a pen very soon, and may even place our duck house inside of it.
If we add some new females to our flock for the purpose of eggs, we will probably stick with Rouen ducks; however, do any of you have a mixed flock? I want to stick with our one Rouen drake, so I'm not quite sure if I should get a different breed of female--like Indian Runners or Pekin. Our drake does his job well by taking the females foraging through our backyard. I don't want to give him any male competition. We only need about three females--no more than four--to produce eggs for our family.
Edited by OldMissionChick - 10/8/15 at 12:27pm