Best Breeds for Beginners?

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by BayGoose, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. BayGoose

    BayGoose Chirping

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    I've raised and hatched all kinds of domestic waterfowl. I'd like to try something different and interesting. I'm looking for ornamental/exotic waterfowl. Which breeds are easier to start with and don't require permits? I'd like to start off with a pair of ducks. I was looking into some cinnamon teal or marbled teal maybe? I have a large, empty aviary that's all ready for some cool birds [​IMG] I'm tired of domestics lol. I'd also want a breed that won't be too hard find come fall.
     
  2. geese8

    geese8 In the Brooder

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    Mandarins are a good breed
     
  3. kangababy

    kangababy Songster

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    If you are just getting into them and don't want to hassle with getting a permit go with something that is not on the Migratory birds list.

    Mandarins, Marbled teal, white face tree ducks, ring teal.

    It all depends on how much space you have and what you like.
     
  4. BayGoose

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    I had some wood ducks years ago. I think I'll start out with marbled and ring teal. I've always wanted marbled teals. I'll have to be on the lookout for pairs! Are teals relatively quiet? My neighbor hates my animals even though he moved to the countryside [​IMG]. He can't stand my relatively quiet, lazy geese and my peafowl pair because of their noise...
     
  5. kangababy

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    The ring teal amke a noise like a cat.. They are really cool!! I don;t t hink the marbled made alot of noise or they are the ones I don;t notice if they do. Tree ducks are teh wrose about making noise.

    When you are ready let me know! I have both and will have pairs this fall for shipping.
     
  6. BayGoose

    BayGoose Chirping

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    Yes, I'd definitely like some! Very interested in a marbled teal pair. And I'll see if my husband allows me to get a ring teal pair as well haha
     
  7. kangababy

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