Best hatchery to buy ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MCBlueSwede, May 19, 2019.

  1. MCBlueSwede

    MCBlueSwede Hatching

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    I am looking for Black and Blue Swedish and Cayuga ducks. I live near the IL/WI border. There is a hatchery in Freemont, WI: Purely Poultry. Cackle Hatchery has mixed feedback, and they are out of Swedish Ducks for the season. I have heard good things about Metzer Farms. I would like to buy from someone local who breeds ducks, but so far cannot find anyone near by. Only leads are hatcheries at this time. Thank you for any info or leads.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Purely poultry is a middle man I used them 2 yrs ago when ordering salmon Faverolles my chicks came from MO. arrived here in great shape and I would def rec them.

    Ordered 3 Runner ducklings from Cackle back in Jan 2019 to be shipped in April they arrived and I lost 2 to shipping stress and almost lost the last 2 [they sent an extra with the order]. Can't rec. them
     
  3. Magnolia Ducks

    Magnolia Ducks Crowing

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    I've had very good luck with Metzer. They are a little pricey. I have lately been ordering from Ideal. They are good if you are not picky about breed specifics. My magpies are mostly black, my buff looks like a saxony, my Swedish has no bib. But they are all happy and healthy ducks.
     
  4. BirdsBeesTrees

    BirdsBeesTrees Crowing

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    I ordered my Swedish Blue Ducks from McMurray from IA in February. I ordered 11 females and I got 12 ducks. They all are perfectly beautiful and healthy, the fox got one but we got him. :thumbsup
     
  5. BirdsBeesTrees

    BirdsBeesTrees Crowing

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    IMG_0189.JPG I had 5 male Rouens and 1 female Rouen that were adults, they're all friends now.:)
     
  6. Magnolia Ducks

    Magnolia Ducks Crowing

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  7. Jbently28

    Jbently28 Songster

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    I've always hatched my own or gotten them locally, but I'm constantly hearing wonderful things about McMurry. There's even a video on YouTube where someone tours the hatchery if you want to check it out.
     
  8. Magnolia Ducks

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    Hmmmm. Letting someone tour the hatchery is not a good thing.
     
  9. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    As @Magnolia Ducks already said: Ideal Poultry's ducks won't satisfy you if you're looking for clean breeds and they also may send you crested ducks, but my one-time experience resulted in nine healthy, mean and cheeky ducks. I had ordered ten and all ten grew up fine but one was taken by a raccoon.
    Metzer Farms has one of the best reputations in the market and the White Layers i've ordered from them grew like weeds. Sadly one arrived with a broken leg and i had to give it to a loving family to become a spoiled pet duck. Can't blame Metzer for that…
    I heart good things about Meyer hatcheries in Ohio, that somewhat closer to IL.
     
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  10. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    Agree on that! - Hopefully these youtubers had to undergo some serious bio-safety procedures before and after their visit. :confused:
     

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