A boy for my girls

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by yoie, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. yoie

    yoie Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    I vote for a small, pretty boy... or none at all! [​IMG] I wish I had all girls!
     
  3. Duckchick2011

    Duckchick2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 [​IMG]
     
  4. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a buff duck, and he is a good size, or even a swedish should be good.
     
  5. Dusky Beauty

    Dusky Beauty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
  6. coolchickens

    coolchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    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! [​IMG]
     
  7. yoie

    yoie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks all!! I was thinking of getting either a mallard or a runner, having a hard time deciding [​IMG] I love the mallards coloring, but the runners stance [​IMG]
     
  8. ZoeS95423

    ZoeS95423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    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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