Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MoodyChicken, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I really want a duck or two. They're so cute! But I'm not sure where I'd put them. So my questions are....

    Could I put a duck or two in with a flock of layers?

    Would I have to change the coop at all to accomodate the ducks?

    How often do they soil their waters when mature? I don't want gross waters every day. Don't have the time for that.

    What's the best breed to have as a pet that will produce eggs fairly well (I don't want a Muscovy!)?

    Can I buy sexed ducklings?

    Are they worth their cuteness?
     
  2. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    ducks are MESSY from hatch to adult, even two of them.

    BUT they're cute so that makes up for it [​IMG]
     
  3. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    Virginia
    I forgot to mention,,

    hatcheries like Ideal and mcmurray sell sexed ducklings,

    all ducks needs is water to dunk thier heads in to be able to clean thier eyes and noses.

    pekins lay fairly well,

    and yes they are worth thier cuteness!
     
  4. Chauntecleer's Keeper

    Chauntecleer's Keeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    According to "Barnyard in your Backyard" ducks and chickens do not mix well together. I would research this carefully before you try to incorporate them into your flock. I dream about building a small pond to have some ducks on my place. My neighbor down the road has ducks and they are really cool. It is a little boring though. He has no chickens.
     
  5. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    I have a call duck whose name is Goat who refuses to believe she is not a chicken. So she lives with the Flock of chickens and she does not have to live in the the duck yard, because whenever I put her in there, she shows back up in the pet area with the chickens somehow. Each situation to itself, it depends on what you are prepared to deal with?

    Your duck will want/need more water than chickens, and will happily make an incredible mess of it every chance it gets. Whether it be a water dish, a bowl, a small tub or pool....I think Duck Poo smells worse than chicken poo too! It's wetter and gooier. Their water gets bad depending on what is around it - mud equals mud - some people change it daily, others every few days, others weekly - a small bowl will need a daily wash? A smaller pool can last longer. It's your nasty mess -

    As to the coop, again, it depends on your setup...my ducks like to stay outside all the time...they hardly ever go inside any of the structures I have for them, except sometimes to lay eggs! They will stay on the floor, so nice flooring/coop bottom is good. Goat sleeps in the "barn" with her best friend, my Pygmy goat, and our Llama and potbelly pig. She sleeps in straw. She is also a Houdini. Somehow she managed to join the Penedesenca's in their enclosed Breeder pen...so she was a Penedesenca for about 5 days too. She is a duck again now though.

    Female Ducks, except Muscovy's, tend to be louder than males. Call ducks, which are small, are VERY loud. Runner Ducks, which are medium sized and very tall, are not as loud but can still wake up your neighbors. My Khaki Campbells are more soft spoken in my duck yard - then again, they are being drowned out by Call ducks and Runner Ducks!

    Ducks, like chickens, maybe more so, will become friendly depending on the amount of handling that you do with them - and I know how you are with your chickens! If you hatched a duck - I imagine it would imprint on you and it would think you were momma forever!

    A duck or two would probably not be too bad depending on your space and the size of the ducks. Runner Ducks are about as big as you would want to get, and they lay fairly well/often. Khaki Campbells lay really well, but they are probably too large for your birds to mingle with, I wouldnt recommend it. Call Ducks are small, they dont lay as well as the others, and again, the NOISE! But they are the cutest!

    You can get sexed ducklings from some hatcheries...just not that few??? You may at the feedstores, but I think they are straight run for the most part....you can sex them yourself with practice....by the sound and tail! But I cant tell til they're a bit older myself....so hope that works out for you!

    I am getting duck eggs every so often, from my Runner Ducks, Call ducks, and I have 2 Khaki Campbell hens with them (there could be Khaki Campbell/runner mixes) You can have some! [​IMG]

    Oh, yes, ducks are worth their cuteness!

    Tina
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, I really want some but I just don't think I can do it. I'm not setup to accommodate them properly and I don't want them to have gross water for any longer than a day (and I'm short on time most of the week, so giving them a large water and expecting them to keep is clean is a big wish I guess,lol). So I'll just have to put them on my Wish List.

    Thanks for the advice everyone!

    tfpets... I'd love some in the future! [​IMG]
     
  7. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Thats good common sense!

    They do need to have water, and it's good you want to put thought into giving them the right care! You are going to have special ducks when you decide to have some!

    I have 4 duck eggs in the incubator right now - I couldnt resist putting them in, and they are growing up a storm! Now I think I am going to call one Courtney and one Moody! Ha Ha Ha!

    I expect by the time you're ready for ducks, you could come up and give ME ideas on how to take proper care of them!

    Tina
     

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