Could I get Ducks ?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by niamhblond, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. niamhblond

    niamhblond Out Of The Brooder

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    Been thinking about it for a while now but not sure what breed and if I have enough room . I have a rooster [​IMG] A Pekin ,A Rhode Island Red , A generic bird , another generic bird and a light Sussex .[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Out Of The Brooder

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    You could. Ducks are cute for a week or two then they turn into messy pigs IMO. I started with ducks then added chickens, guineas, pheasants and turkeys. If my daughter would let me get rid of the 4 ducks we still have I would be a happy man! Chickens are the only way to go.
     
  3. cosbackyard

    cosbackyard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on what you want them for.
    If you're looking for eggs I'd say stay with chickens. My khakis lay much more reliably than chickens but they're at least 3 times the work. Practically speaking they're a bit of a nightmare, especially with a well-groomed backyard like yours. Poop everywhere and they like to dig holes with their beaks.


    In my opinion you keep ducks because of their peculiar personalities. They're alot of fun to watch and have around. And because of that I'll probably always have a few of them in my flock.
     
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  4. Finny

    Finny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed! I love the personalities and friendliness of my ducks, but they do make huge messes. They turned their pen into a mud pit in a matter months and their pen has poop everywhere. If i let them free range though, the poop is not a problem and their pen does not get as muddy. So it really depends if you are going to keep in a pen most of the time or let them free range in a larger area.
    Again though their personality and cuteness makes it all worth it for me:)
     

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