Duck newbie…lots of questions

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  1. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everybody.

    I'm getting a few ducklings from TSC next week and I have few questions.
    I'm wanting to get either Rouen or Pekin.
    *Do either of these breeds have a good tendency to brood?
    *When do they begin to lay?
    *can I feed them non-medicated chick starter and grower? (its the only feed, beside layer my feed store has)
    *what about brooder temps, how warm should it be?
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    *how old before they can be moved outside?

    Thank you all and sorry for the question overload!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AOne more question. I will have a small pen to lock them up in at night. But the space where they will spend most their time is in a fenced in yard attached to my open stall barn. The fence is only 3ft high and I know pekin and rouen won't fly out but what about Cayugas and swedish blues, can they fly at all?

    ETA: wrong breed put down.
     
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  4. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be more worried about something getting in a 3 ft fence than the ducks getting out.

    A really great book that's full of info about ducks is Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. It's written by Dave Holderread of Holderread Waterfowl. http://holderreadfarm.com/

    You can buy the book on Amazon.com, too. I just bought the new edition. I've had ducks off and on since I was a kid, but I still refer to this book when I have a question.

    A good website for comparing breed characteristics is on Metzer Farm's site: http://www.metzerfarms.com/DuckBreedComparison.cfm

    My Welsh Harlequin made her own nest out of grass and sat on it last year.
     
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  5. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AThank you. They will locked in a secure pen at night and my LGD mix spends her days in that yard with my chickens. They don't have to be good broodies, I just want a breed that won't fly away.
     
  6. Kevin565

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    I've heard of Cayugas being able to sometimes get off the ground for awhile but they'd really need a running start and it was usually hens.
     
  7. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AThanks!
     
  8. Ilovemyduckies

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    Pekins are way better layers than rouens, but they do not generally go broody (although last year I had one of my pekins hatched 8 out of 9 eggs). Although, rouens are not very good layers but they do go broody.
     
  9. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AThank you! I am gonna get a Rouen drake, a Rouen hen and a Pekin hen!
     
  10. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Roens are broody and usually start sitting the yr after you get them. Mine have always hatched 1 batch of 20+ once a yr but last yr I had a Roen that sat 2x. I don't know why but I have never had an issue with predators with the roens
     
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