Duck Space Issue

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Northeastdude, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

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    I have about 2 acres. But I want to keep waterfowl in about .55 acres fenced in to protect from predators. Should I keep ducks and geese or just ducks?

    What do you think is an adequate space for keeping both and how many to keep?

    Should I just stick with ducks?

    Thanks for reading this.
     
  2. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking maybe 4 pilgrim geese and 12 appleyard ducks.

    Or if I just keep ducks, 12 appleyards

    Just geese- 6 or 4 sexed pilgrim geese.
     
  3. DuckMamaorBust

    DuckMamaorBust Out Of The Brooder

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    I hope someone answers you... I'm interested too. I'm in the North East and I need to keep ducks/geese in a much smaller area than I actually have to protect form predators. Good luck!
     
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

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    kelly has her's together. Doesn't seem to be a problem. i say go for both!
     
  5. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I'm thinking of getting 20 silver appleyard ducks. Hopefully next spring I can cull it down to about 12. And make some freezer buddies. I'm buying them unsexed. From what I read they don't seem to be a loud breed of duck. Calm is most common description I've read.

    The pilgrim geese seem quiet but I don't want goose logs in my backyard. They wet duck poop will disintegrate quicker. I think they occasional honking will draw more attention than quacks.

    I don't want geese going nuts when my dad mows the lawn in the spring or getting charged at during breeding season.

    I would get muscovies but I'm really enchanted by the mallard derived breeds.
     
  6. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:What is an Appleyard duck? Pictures?
     
  7. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:What is an Appleyard duck? Pictures?

    This is a silver appleyard duck and drake.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

  9. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know about the noise level. That is the deciding factor for me.

    I would like some input from people that raise them as well. I want to know the drake:duck ratio too.

    http://www.albc-usa.org/cpl/waterfowl/silverappleyard.html

    Alot of good info here. They seem like great layers, big meat birds, and are described as calm.

    I'm not sure as to the origins of the name. Perhaps it is a place loved by the breeder? I don't know. The breed was developed in England.
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  10. TrystInn

    TrystInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Silver Appleyard is named after Reginald Appleyard, the breeder who developed it at his Priory Waterfowl Farm near Bury St Edmunds, England.
     

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