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Ducks item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - Cute, Pretty, Easy to raise, Hatchable, Matures early
Cons - Not the great egg layers everybody says, Drakes can be difficult during breeding season
I love my Magpie ducks! I started out with 8, and now down to 4 for various reasons. I got mine from www.johnsonswaterfowl.com. They were easy to raise (minus the mess), and matured early. I got my first egg at 21 weeks! They continued laying until winter, and then started back up in around April, and stopped again in July. I haven't gotten an egg since then. I did have the chance to hatch out 4 Magpie ducklings and a Stanbridge white duckling in July. 5 out of 5 eggs! I will continue to breed them, and would like to get more! I am hoping to get some eggs and hatch out some blues from www.chickcharneyfarm.com!!!! A ton of pictures here: ViolinPlayer123's Ducks! Warning: Very Picture HEAVY post!
Pros - Quiet, Sweet, Beautiful
Cons - Skiddish, but I didn't really work on making them not afraid of me anyway...
I really love these ducks, when I was looking for breeds to have in my flock in the Spring, I saw these and decided to get some to breed since they were rare. I currently have one couple, not all of them made it. They are very sweet, though shy, but that may be because I didn't really work on making it so they won't be afraid of me. My boy Magpie just might be my favorite of the flock. I like knowing that I'm helping preserving a rare breed, especially one as charming as the Magpie. I think they are a great choice of duck. My girl is sweet and shy, I've seen her put her head under one of the boy's head as if for protection, she's a very gentle little lady. All in all they are a great duck!
Pros - very friendly
i have had only 1 magpie and i got him when he was a duckling from out local feed store along with 3 other ducklings, he grew up really fast, he LOVED bananas. i named him furby. he did not have perfect coloring but he still got a blue ribbon at the fair. later that year i sold them because at that time i did not have a place for them over the winter. i wish i would have kept him he would run up to me and jump in my lap when i sat down on the grass.
Pros - Cute, Broody, Docile, Average Egg Layer
Cons - Can get snappy, are scared of humans
These ducks are the cutest! We have 2, which then hatched another 2, which are now incubating 17 duck eggs, so we have 4 and soon to be 17. They are average egg layers, so about 4 to 6 a week.
Pros - Unique, rare, friendly, good egg layers, smaller
Cons - Hard to find!
When I decided to add more ducks to my flock, I searched long and hard for a unique breed. I also wanted to own birds who were in need of conservation help. I happened to stumble upon the Magpie Ducks. Everything about them seemed perfect. I was looking for a good egg layer, but not a very large bird. So once I decided i wanted to own magpies, I then had to actually find some for sale. That was difficult. It seems there are very few breeders of Magpie ducks out there. The American Livestock Breed Conservancy list Magpie Ducks as critical. Eventually, I tripumped, finding someone who was willing to sell hatching eggs. From those eggs, I hatched two females and one drake, a perfect little starter flock!
Color didn't really matter to me, but these magpies are certainly striking. In my opinion, they are beautiful. I love the sharp contrast between black and white. Their bright yellow beaks are freckled with darker pigment. And each bird has a slightly different pattern, so I can tell them apart.
Next year I plan to add more magpies, and concentrate on them. I only have one other duck, a female pekin, so I don't have to worry about losing purebred magpies through mixed breeding. I can tell the pekin egg apart quite easily!
The half star down is for how difficult it is to acquire them. But if more folks start breeding them, hopefully that fact will change!
Pros - they are friendly
they are friendly and good pets