Ducklings or Eggs??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hendrix25, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am starting new with this whole "Duck" thing. I can't seem to find the ducklings that I want at a reasonable price, so I'm now considering getting eggs and trying to hatch them...any suggestions?

    I can't seem to find any local breeders and I really don't want to order over 3 ducklings right now. I was really excited [​IMG] about getting Ducklings, but the difficulty of finding some has become a real downer...[​IMG]

    Need advice or direction
     
  2. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    When I first thought about getting ducks, I didnt want to wait for the eggs to hatch, so I looked on craigslist and found some.
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    My first 3 ducks were craigslist freebees. Then I found a buff duck for $6. After that I tried hatching my own in a homemade incubator. I set 6 eggs the first time and got 1 duck. I bought this duck a buddy from Big R. I set 4 eggs the second time and got 2 ducks, but one died after a couple of days. I think my Big R duck and my latest hatch are boys.
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    There is so much that can go wrong during hatching. In my case, it was kids and cats that led to unplugging, lid lifting and unstable humidity.

    Now I am just going to break down and order ducklings. I can get them sexed so I don't have to worry about having a drake overload. Any excess I will just sell on craigslist, but there are people in my area who are thinking of splitting an order with me.
     
  4. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah I looked there too, but didn't have the breeds i am looking for.
     
  5. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:good idea, i will see if anyone is interested in splitting an order. thanks for the suggestion. i wasn't to thrilled about the eggs idea anyways.
     
  6. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My first 3 ducks were craigslist freebies too! (They're the 3 in my avatar pic - 1 Pekin and 2 Khaki Campbell girls)

    If you're new at ducks, hendrix25, then I think you should probably start with a few adults - hatching and brooding are both difficult, and there's a good chance of losing some of them [​IMG]

    I'm sure you could find something locally - what breed are you interested in? I found some rare breeds in my area by contacting my local 4-H group - the kids order and raise them for the fair, but are usually happy to sell them to a good home after they get their ribbons. [​IMG]
     
  7. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    What kind of ducks do you want?
     
  8. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My first 3 ducks were craigslist freebies too! (They're the 3 in my avatar pic - 1 Pekin and 2 Khaki Campbell girls)

    If you're new at ducks, hendrix25, then I think you should probably start with a few adults - hatching and brooding are both difficult, and there's a good chance of losing some of them [​IMG]

    I'm sure you could find something locally - what breed are you interested in? I found some rare breeds in my area by contacting my local 4-H group - the kids order and raise them for the fair, but are usually happy to sell them to a good home after they get their ribbons. [​IMG]

    Thanks, I'm looking for Khaki Campbell, Cayuga, Welsh Harlequin, or Muscovy. Ones that aren't too loud... I really really want a Cayuga that will turn out to be more on the green side (I love that look).
     
  9. hendrix25

    hendrix25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I'm looking for Khaki Campbell, Cayuga, Welsh Harlequin, or Muscovy. Ones that aren't too loud... I really really want a Cayuga that will turn out to be more on the green side (I love that look).
     
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Ones that aren't too loud

    Avoid buffs like the plague then! LOL​
     

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