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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kylo_Hen!, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Kylo_Hen!

    Kylo_Hen! Songster

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    • hi i have been wanting some ducks for a long time and i have some questions
    • 1 what breed of ducks are heat hardy?
    • 2 can ducks be happy in a flock of jest girls?
    • 3 what breed of duck lays a lot?
    • 4 do ducks need water to swim in?
    • 5 do i have to get special food for them or can i feed them chicken feed?
    • 6 can call duck live in very very very hot whether? like 105
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Where do you live?
     
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  3. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Crowing

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    I am not sure what breeds are heat hardy. I am also not sure if you can have a flock of all hens, is there any reason you don't want drakes? Drakes are not loud and annoying like roosters or duck hens but they can cause a lot of trouble if you keep them with chickens. I read that runners are good layers. Ducks do not need water to swim in but it would be beneficial to help them stay clean, ducks DO need water deep enough to dunk their heads in and they need it 24/7. They do need different food than chicken food, chicken food can give them niacin deficiencies which can be deadly, ducklings also need different feeds when they are young and growing. I am not sure if a call duck can live in very, very, very hot weather.
     
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  4. Callduckmaster_12

    Callduckmaster_12 Chirping

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    You can keep a group of all females they will try to dominate each other however I would recommend at least 1 male per a ratio of two females. Ducks need enough water to completely submerge their bill. They need this in order to help clear their nostrils and alow them to respirate. Hope this helps :)
     
  5. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    1 what breed of ducks are heat hardy?
    No idea, sorry.

    2 can ducks be happy in a flock of jest girls?
    Yep. So long as you don't get a broody breed, that is (They need a male duck for fertile eggs and babies, after all.) Male ducks are rapists [EDT: Okay, "are" is stretching it. Many drakes are rapists. I've had a few good drakes.]. Sometimes, they'll band together and be gang rapists, especially if they're low on the pecking order, so I don't like to have more than one or two adult drakes at a time. If you do get any drakes, try to keep to a ratio of 1:3 or fewer.

    3 what breed of duck lays a lot?
    Khaki Campbells and Runners and Golden 300 layer hybrids supposedly all lay a pretty good amount of eggs. If you get a good line of muscovies, they lay a lot of eggs--but they tend to be constantly broody, so that negates this somewhat. I only have Pekins, Swedish, and Muscovies, so I couldn't give a personal account of the first three.

    4 do ducks need water to swim in?
    No. They only need to be able to cover their heads in water so that they can clean their eyes and nostrils.

    5 do i have to get special food for them or can i feed them chicken feed?
    You can feed chicken feed, but you have to make sure it has the right nutritional requirements for ducks. You should keep an especial eye on niacin (b3) content. It should be at least 55 ppm. This is a handy resource from the largest duck hatchery in the country.

    6 can call duck live in very very very hot whether? like 105
    Never had calls.
     
  6. Kylo_Hen!

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  7. Kylo_Hen!

    Kylo_Hen! Songster

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    i jest don't want chicks
     
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  8. Kylo_Hen!

    Kylo_Hen! Songster

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    thanks
     
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  9. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Crowing

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    A hen will need to go broody to hatch ducklings, and a hen will never go broody if you don't let her collect a clutch of eggs. You could have a flock of hens and drakes and never have any eggs hatch if you collect the eggs daily.
     
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  10. Kylo_Hen!

    Kylo_Hen! Songster

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    thanks for telling me that do ducks hide their eggs?and is it hard to sell ducklings?
     
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