Calmest duck breed?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Rileedale, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. Rileedale

    Rileedale In the Brooder

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    This summer I’m going to order ducklings from metzer farms. I read online that Pekins and Welsh Harlequins are the calmest duck breeds. I want birds that don’t freak out when humans come around, and are kind to eachother. What are some duck breeds that have calm temperaments?
     
  2. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Free Ranging

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    Yes, pekins are good! Mine would sit on my lap and “purr” when I pet her under her bill
     
  3. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    All my heavier breeds seem to be on the calmer side.
     
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    It mostly depends on how you raise your ducks!
    If you are a lot around them, pick them up, cuddle and give them treats, they associate »human = good«.
    If you throw them into a brooder in the barn, go there every three days to clean and fill up food and water, they will not bond to you and shout »murder death crime« whenever you go near them.
    The heavier breeds are calmer than the light birds, quieter they might not be, i remember a very talkative Pekin duck… I have read good things about Buff-Orpington ducks, regarding their friendliness. Also heavier breeds are more likely to develop foot and leg issues (like overweight people!) and the lighter breeds lay more eggs.
    Have fun with your decision… :plbb ;) :lau
     
  5. Kkrista123

    Kkrista123 Songster

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  6. Cayuga momma

    Cayuga momma We are the makers of our own history.

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    Brutal honesty police...
    ... just kidding. Great advice. How's your leg?
     
  7. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Muscovies are the calmest duck breed.

    Large, meat-type Pekins are the calmest Mallard-type duck I have ever owned. Their lighter egg-layer focused sub-type are less so, IME.
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Call Ducks. Very calm and sweet. Not flighty scared little ducks.
     
  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I would say Khaki Campbells are NOT calm.
    My Blue Swedish are calm by comparison.
     
  10. Ducksandchickens

    Ducksandchickens Free Ranging

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    Yes khaki Campbells aren’t calm. I have some and they hate when people come by and hate being picked up
     
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