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    A case of a quack and a curl.

    Okay so I have had ducks for years and as a result, I am very good at recognizing drakes versus females, usually. This one has me a bit confused. He? has a very clear curled tail feather and behaves more in a males type of behavior. Sort of on the watch and follows that other girls around. Then...
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    Color sexing and auto sexing questions in ducks

    So I have some Pilgrim geese that are auto-sexed and I have had the Golden 300 hybrid ducks from Metzers that are color sexed. Both are sexed visually although the geese are auto-sexing as a breed and the 300 ducks are not. The 300s loose the color-sexing with the next generation. I have been...
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    Pilgrim Geese thread

    There didn't seem to be a thread for Pilgrims when I searched so I am starting one. I wanted to post pictures of my babies anyway and this seemed like the easiest way. Ready to hatch Mother Pilgrim goose named Nimbo with first baby gosling to peek out. Others still hatching Can't...
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    A warning about cracking goose eggs

    This morning I wanted to check the fertility of my girls first egg plus use the egg for french toast. I cracked it on the side of a pyrex glass pan and uhhh...The egg barely showed a crack. The pan however has a chip...so if you plan on using your goose eggs for cooking don't crack the egg on...
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    Coyote and mountain lion...reccomendations?

    So years ago, maybe 10, I had chickens that I let free range and eventually had both a mountain lion and a bobcat making kills on my flock. I saw both cats make kills so no confusion on who was the culprit . I had to stop the free ranging to stop it. We eventually moved and until now have only...
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    Anyone have pictures of an Embden and Buff cross or an Embden and Toulouse cross?

    As some of you know I had my sweet Embden female Snow die recently. I have a friend locally who has offered me a female for my poor gander. She has Buff and Toulouse females either of which I can have. My gander, River is an Embden and I will be trying to find another Embden but might not be...
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    Goose in distress...egg bound?

    My female goose who is about 2 years old refused to leave her nest box this morning. I thought perhaps she was ready to lay for the first time (never laid last year although she was old enough and none laid this year yet). Checked on her at noon and found she had moved to the ducks nesting area...
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    Red egg shell color and who laid it mystery

    I just had a new very small reddish egg show up yesterday and today. After washing it was more of a pink. I am trying to figure out who laid it. The pink color is in the shell itself but the bloom is almost a brick color. The size is just right for a new starting to lay duck. I haven't cracked...
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    Anyone know if peafowl are a potential problem for ducks or geese?

    My neighbor down the road had a tree hit is garage last night and today his 5 peafowl (all full grown but young) showed up. Probably to avoid all the noise and mess of the people dealing with the downed tree. First saw them shortly after letting my birds out to free range in the morning. Well...
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    Any differences in caring for a Muscovy versus a regular (Mallard descendant) duck?

    Just got given a Muscovy girl. Very pretty and sweet. She looks to be in good health but has only eaten bread and cheese puffs for the last 24 to 48 hours. Apparently her mate died via a dog attack and the owner was going to put her down. A friend of a friend took her and then decided not to...
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    A question of color

    So I have 5 young ducks that I hatched out for myself. Their parents are golden 300s and I just wanted to add a few more layers. The genetics end on this round as they are mixes. One generation out is all I will do with the 300s before buying more ducklings. But I am totally puzzled by the color...
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    Goose with bum leg and curled toes.

    I have a neighbor who is moving due to health and being less mobile and he just gave me his two geese. The female has been limping badly for the last week according to him. When I have seen her in the past she looked and walked fine. Here is some info: She can get around by hopping on her good...
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    Anyone doing fermented feed for their ducks?

    I just started doing this and I noticed in just a few days the smell of the duck pen went from stinky to barely any smell. I had to normally clean it out everyday else the poop smell was to much. I am fermenting their normal feed and so it should remain balanced for them. I got the idea here for...
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    Cage questions and how many to get...

    I have a friend who has offered me some young adult Coturnix. I am loving the idea of them but was wondering about a cage set up. I do have a very sturdy homemade drafting type table/bookcase thingy that is 6' wide by 2' deep. It weights a ton and has not fallen over in many high winds that took...
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    Young adult goose not laying at all this season

    I have 2 geese, one male and one female. Both are Embdens. They both hatched around May of 2011 so I was thinking the female would lay this spring or summer. So far she has not laid a single egg. She seems to have all the instincts, as she loves sneaking in to the duck pen to sit on their eggs...
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    Poop inside of an egg?

    I have ducks and usually I get nice eggs from them however I have seen 2 lately that appeared to have what looked like a bit of poop in the egg yolk. I say poop because it appears to be greenish grey and looks a lot like a bit of mostly digested grass. My girls do free range during the day and...
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    Question on feed protein and layers

    My girls are laying heavily but I also have a gander and a drake. I always provide 2 different feeds (one layer pellets the other waterfowl feed), oyster shell, grit, as well as let them free range. My thinking is that they can balance their own needs this way. Recently my feed store added a new...
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    Gander attacked duck

    My gander really likes one of my ducks and is indifferent/peaceful to the rest except one he doesn't like. The one he doesn't like he tried to submerge/repeatedly biting today. I got there in time but he has never tired anything like this before and I am worried. Mostly this duck stays out of...
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    Interesting cake recipe using 13 eggs

    So in my quest to figure out how to use all the eggs I am getting each day I have been searching for tasty looking recipes using at least 4 eggs. Today I found a recipe called Filipino Custard Chiffon Cake I am loving the idea of the flan topped chiffon cake. Especially as I love both flans...
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    Salted duck eggs?

    I wasn't sure if I should post this here or in the recipes section but seeing as its about duck eggs I thought I would ask all of you first. Have any of you here ever try making "Salted duck eggs"? I am not talking about the 100 year old eggs or pickled eggs. Seeing as I now have around 8 or...
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