Best backyard duck breed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fullhouse, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. fullhouse

    fullhouse Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    We have decided to get a few ducks. I am really lost on the best breeds for suburbia. We would like eggs, but we have plenty of hens, so laying isn't really critical. We have on order some Cayugas, but I can still change that for a few weeks.

    We need quieter, good natured ducks. Any ideas? Are Cayugas good?
  2. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    we have white pekin, they are good cause they can't fly around, but all ducks will leave a big mess if you have too many. they love the little swimming pool, and they love to poop.
    I have a smaller kacki campbell, the female pekin is quite loud, the male is quieter. the kacki's are pretty quite. the muskovey are the quietest ones but they can fly.
  3. I just love my white pekin ducks. They are not really noisy unless something is upsetting them. So if we hear them in the house we know something is wrong.
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Muscovy! [​IMG] Bug eating monsters who LOVE people! AND they don't QUACK.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
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  5. Wildsky - AMEN!

    I love our muscovies over the others. However, their is a change you'll get some wandering souls - they can fly. We have one who jumps up into the hen box to lay her eggs.

    The thing I like the most about them is that they are quiet and not as mean as our other ducks towards everything else. They more or less leave the chickens alone but our Swedish Blue pulls everyones' tail feathers out. He's also constantly grabbing his ducklings and throwing them around. Freecycle here I come.
  6. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I have 2 Cayugas that are pretty quite but the female can be loud if she wants to be. My Pekins tend to be really loud esp. the female. They are down in the barn and when I open the house door sometimes I hear my Pekin female Quacking really loud as she is happy I am outside and may come give her a treat.
  7. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    Quote:Rouens [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Who could not love this
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    From what I just read online, Cayugas are a good choice for you because they are much more quiet than Pekins and others.
    Good luck and enjoy!
  9. runamuck

    runamuck Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    Northern michigan
    Saxony!!!!!! quiet, friendly usually really like people and will follow you around. Nice , Nice breed of duck
  10. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I guess it is each persons own perefernce (sp) I tend to like the Rouens because I duck hunt and the yare pretty much Mallards.

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