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post #1 of 8
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I have ordered 20 female Ancona ducklings from Estes Hatchery. They are due to ship tomorrow and arrive Friday. Can I please have some reviews of the ducklings ordered from here and how the sexing was(if you got it)
Thanks and please respond
post #2 of 8
I can't speak for that particular hatchery, but I will say ducklings can be sexed far more easily than chicks. I received a similar sized order from Metzer and all were female.
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Originally Posted by keesmom View Post

I can't speak for that particular hatchery, but I will say ducklings can be sexed far more easily than chicks. I received a similar sized order from Metzer and all were female.

Thanks
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Do you know where the source them from?

NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small waterfowl farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Lilac and Silver),  Muscovy (barred in black, blue, chocolate and combo, ripples in dark, chocolate, and blue shades, lavenders, and looneys in blue, black, chocolate and lilac)

Call Ducks: pied / magpie...

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NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small waterfowl farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Lilac and Silver),  Muscovy (barred in black, blue, chocolate and combo, ripples in dark, chocolate, and blue shades, lavenders, and looneys in blue, black, chocolate and lilac)

Call Ducks: pied / magpie...

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post #5 of 8
I ordered sexed Ancona ducklings from Estes hatchery too. How was your experience?

I wanted 3 females and a drake, and only one of the four is quacking at eight weeks! The other ones have a hoarse whispery peep. I'm afraid they might have gotten it backwards!
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Originally Posted by Carrie7 View Post

I ordered sexed Ancona ducklings from Estes hatchery too. How was your experience?

I wanted 3 females and a drake, and only one of the four is quacking at eight weeks! The other ones have a hoarse whispery peep. I'm afraid they might have gotten it backwards!

Sounds like they gave you one female and the rest males!

NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small waterfowl farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Lilac and Silver),  Muscovy (barred in black, blue, chocolate and combo, ripples in dark, chocolate, and blue shades, lavenders, and looneys in blue, black, chocolate and lilac)

Call Ducks: pied / magpie...

Reply

NPIP CERTIFIED! Al's Quackery is a small waterfowl farm in Southern Maine. I raise ducks, ducklings, geese, goslings and sell hatching eggs.
Ducks: Anconas (Black, Blue, Chocolate, Lavender, Lilac and Silver),  Muscovy (barred in black, blue, chocolate and combo, ripples in dark, chocolate, and blue shades, lavenders, and looneys in blue, black, chocolate and lilac)

Call Ducks: pied / magpie...

Reply
post #7 of 8
Yup! They accidentally sent all males and 1 female--not the ratio I was hoping for in my primarily egg-laying small pet flock!

Since they're not labelled as male/female when shipped, and my invoice was correct, I didn't discover the mistake until their voices changed...hard to rehome at that point, and I was attached to them, not suspecting they might be male. Since there was one female, I couldn't even keep a bachelor flock without rehoming the female.

The hatchery has since apologized and sent more females. (But my male:female ratio still isn't what I ordered). I hope they will all get along!
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I know this is a bit late, but here is my experience with Estes.   http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1035157/receiving-roosters-with-a-pullet-only-order

8 Buff Orps, 17 Black Aust, 4 Leghorns, a lot of Barred Rocks, 13 babies running about
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8 Buff Orps, 17 Black Aust, 4 Leghorns, a lot of Barred Rocks, 13 babies running about
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