concidering about getting ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sailor_v, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. sailor_v

    sailor_v In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007
    I was considering about keeping ducks but I live in a town in a suburbs, will the duck noise will be a problem? I do know they are messy and I have read that duckling should not be fed medicated chick feed and what the minimum space for ducks?
  2. lisabug

    lisabug Songster

    Feb 18, 2008
    Portersville, PA
    Ducks are my new undertaking.....I am a newbie but I will tell you what I learned.....

    Messy is an week old baby ducklings are 10 times messier than ANY other pet I have had (including the chickens). How can these cute tiny yellow things make that much mess BUT that being said they are adorable and follow me around and peep a lot (and we have only had them about a week).

    Check your zoning laws, my mom lives in the suburbs and they aren't allowed any poultry.

    Ducks can not swim right away- well they can but they shouldn't a lot because they can and will drown.

    I am not sure about the noise as mine are wee little things still but they "talk" and "peep" a lot....I heard a duck should have at least 4 Square feet but I am not sure.... is a good resource! as is people on this board....

    I love my little ducks but I will reinforce the fact they are MESSY (and smelly....and CUTE)!!
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    I can't imagine not having ducks (and geese for that matter). It's worth the effort. [​IMG]
  4. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Songster

    Aug 22, 2007
    Quote:I don't have any problem with messiness. I have two that are a few days old and one that is about a month old. They are much cleaner than the chicks.
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Different breeds make different levels of noise. I'm hoping to get my first ducks this spring. I live on 3/4 of an acre with neighbors on either side and across the street. I won't be getting call ducks, lol! I have read Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks cover to cover several times. There's a lot of info in there on the different breeds and their needs and habits.
  6. Sunny Chook Farm

    Sunny Chook Farm Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    I agree w/ "Lisabug".. They are messy (big time) Chicken are much cleaner then ducks but I can't picture not having them around.. I ahve right many and 32 KC duck eggs in bator and 4 under a broody hen... I live way out in the country, but you should check you zoning laws first...

    Edit to add this info on noise level: Call and mallard - High
    Campbell, pekin,rouen, runner - Moderate
    Muscovy - None

    I have Campbell, Pekin, Runners and Muscovy and I can hardly tell they are on the place....
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2008
  7. sailor_v

    sailor_v In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2007

    I will be looking at the link

    I would check with about zoning laws with my dad yet again...I don’t really want to, I would hate to hear no poultry in the suburbs and when my dad hear that, he going to surely get rid of the chickens I have(and this will be one of my worse thing to be happening and i pray that their is no limit of how many chickens and ducks i can keep when that day come)

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