A boy for my girls

yoie

Songster
9 Years
Jan 28, 2011
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Easternshore of Maryland
Currently I have 5 girls, 3 I ordered as girls, the other 2 I got lucky out of the straight run bin at TSC. I have 2 Pekins, 1 Cayuga, 1 Buff, and 1 Magpie. What size/breed should I get for my boy? I don't want him to big since the Magpie is fairly small, but my 2 Pekins are huge! If I got a smaller boy would he have a hard time with the Pekins? I really don't care if they breed pure, I mostly have them for my enjoyment, and it would be nice to hatch out some ducklings if I wanted too
 

Duckchick2011

Songster
8 Years
Apr 17, 2011
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Louisiana
A mallard would be a good boy to have, they are medium sized, handsome as anything, and trust me, he would have no problem with the pekins
 

ZoeS95423

Songster
8 Years
Apr 17, 2011
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I have a buff duck, and he is a good size, or even a swedish should be good.
 

Dusky Beauty

Songster
8 Years
Aug 11, 2011
535
15
161
Upshur County, Texas
I had a related question and posted it on the Metzer facebook page. Mine was mostly a concern on which way I should go to get the most out of what I wanted from my flock. From what I gather you could go with a fancy fellow for the fun of it, or choose based on what you want your offspring to be. As long as you're not thinking of a call drake to cover your pekins you should be alright!
 

coolchickens

Songster
11 Years
Aug 29, 2008
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Cool, CA (yes, that's its name
I have an Indian Runner drake, 3 Pekin girls and a Campbell (I think). I now have several babies from him, looks like Pekin X's and they are really pretty. Beware that drakes want to breed the girls constantly and I did have problems with my drake when he drowned one of the smaller X's in the pond trying to breed her. Think carefully if you want a drake. I do love mine but there can be "isssues" having a drake around. PS - One of my crosses just came out from under the barn floor with 12 ducklings! He is doing his job well. I now have too many ducks!
 

yoie

Songster
9 Years
Jan 28, 2011
1,021
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Easternshore of Maryland
Thanks all!! I was thinking of getting either a mallard or a runner, having a hard time deciding
I love the mallards coloring, but the runners stance
 

ZoeS95423

Songster
8 Years
Apr 17, 2011
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21
133
I have trout indian runners, which are mallard colored, but stand like a runner. I have two females, kind of wish I had a male, Because I guess they are very hard to find.
But if you can find them, they sound like they would be perfect for you.
 

Oregon Blues

Crowing
8 Years
Apr 14, 2011
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Central Oregon
If you want eggs, I suggest a Runner drake, or a Khaki Campbell drake. Their offspring might get the egg laying gene.

If you want pretty, go with a Magpie or an Ancona. Then your ducklings have a chance of being spotted.
 

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