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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pringle, Sep 22, 2009.
I love these ducks but id like to get hatching eggs.Is there any good hatchery that will sell them?
I just found a hatchery that sells them.Its $10 a egg!$20 a chick.Are these good prices or no?
Lou Horton has some priced right now for $80 a pair
I don't know anything about them to comment other than to show you what else I've found... no eggs though.
I'm sure there are more experienced breeders out there. My brother raises white mandies and any eggs that have gone in the incubator have never hatched for us. I've heard similar complaints from lots of other people. Some people have had luck with silkie or cochin hens. The next challenging part is is getting the babies to eat. You have to drop them off a cupboard or ledge to trigger something in them that tells them to eat. They generally don't like starter mash and want living/moving things. My friend did succeed in raising a day old once but it involved alot of handfeeding with live mealworms. $80 for a started pair of browns seems reasonable. I met Lou at a show last year and he has some very nice stock.
Mandarin eggs are difficult to hatch. I actually have some hens coming from Lou tomorrow. He seems like a nice guy to deal with. Save your money on eggs and buy a juvenile pair.
Quote:letting them jump from a counter must simulate jumping out of the tree,or nest box. I've seen wild woody's nest 20 foot off the ground. I was told they have to have a higher humidity in the bator than most other birds. I'm glad I read this post. My friend is giving me eggs next spring.
Don't waste your money on the eggs. Start with a want ad in your local Craigslist under the farm and garden section. You may find you have someone within driving distance. You should be able to purchase a normal colored adult Mandarin pair for around $50-$60, any more than that and I would keep looking.
Quote:I sell a half dozen mixed lot of eggs, as my Mandarins both white and colored run together for $50 + shipping when they are in season in the spring. Mandarin eggs are extremely difficult to hatch and definitely not for the inexperienced person to attempt. My incubating/hatch rate is nominal, but under a broody hen not too bad. Anybody that tells you that you won't have a problem has never attempted to artifically incubate Mandies. Get a broody hen or duck, your chances will improve, or like giffy says, buy the ducks.