Completely new to Ducks - help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AAcres, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. AAcres

    AAcres Chirping

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    I’m in Northern Ontario Canada. I won’t have to worry about snakes (garden snakes are the only ones around here).
    I have seen foxes and hawks and the occasional bald eagle around my property.
    I’ll also have to find some way to secure feed because there are mice and squirrels scurrying around.
     
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  2. AAcres

    AAcres Chirping

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    It does not have a roof on it yet but that is something I am already aware of. I’m trying to decide what to cover it with.
    I’ll still be using the run in some way for them but like you said, I really don’t want a predator attack.
     
  3. Magnolia Ducks

    Magnolia Ducks Crowing

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    I put my last batch out at 3 weeks which was too early. I have not had a snake problem after 6weeks. But my issue is rat snakes not king snakes.
     
  4. AAcres

    AAcres Chirping

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    Another question:
    What is everyone’s favourite breed??
    There are so many pros and cons it seems to all of them.

    I’m looking for good layers, friendly and affectionate, not too flighty, not too big in size, not too loud (though I am reading every bird is different no matter the breed), and a good forager.

    Any recommendations?
     
  5. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    that's easy since you won't need much anyway for that pen. Go to Home Depot and get some of that plastic netting they use on construction sites. I attached it to my pen with zipties! Easy and good! nettting.jpg
     
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  6. AAcres

    AAcres Chirping

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    That will work!!
     
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  7. Texag87

    Texag87 Crowing

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    I still say runners come closest to your conditions you posted. However, I do not have any female runners. Our K/C is the smallest duck, loudest duck, and best layer. One Rouen is loud but the other is not. Our runner drake is not exactly affectionate but he does not resist once caught and actually enjoys strokes on top of the head or his neck.Our Pekin is not a good layer but I believe that is stress from the drake we had to rehome. She is kinda friendly and makes strange soft quacks compared to the other hens.
     
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  8. DuckyDonna

    DuckyDonna Crowing

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    I have runners and plan to hatch some more. I love my little street gang! They are so much fun to watch and they make everyone smile! Most people have never even heard of them or seen any which makes it even more fun when you see their mouths drop and laugh as they watch them run and play!
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    You need some female Runners:)
     
  10. AAcres

    AAcres Chirping

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    @Miss Lydia @DuckyDonna @Texag87 I’ve been reading lots about this breed and I am intrigued! So cute!
    Is it possible to do just females? Or is it best practice to have a drake too? I don’t plan to do any breeding.
    Would the females be quackier without a male around? Like do ducks go “into heat” at breeding season and yell for a drake?
     

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