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Eggs or already hatched?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lonebluetear, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. lonebluetear

    lonebluetear Out Of The Brooder

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    I am totally new to this 'thread' stuff so have just found the 'duck thread'. For a newbie it ain't easy.

    Anyhow, for those who have ducks, would you recommend eggs OR ones already hatched? If hatched, what is an appropriate age? I actually ordered an incredible (expensive, but I don't do anything else like eat out, go to bars, travel or have any fun - so this is my splurge), large coop and run that is quite impressive. It will be able to set it up in 3 weeks.

    From what I've read, I think going with a duck who is over 4 months old would be ideal, but I can't find any of those. Also, I see there are Companies who ship birds. I guess they wouldn't be in business if it was harmful to the birds, but that seems a bit harsh to me. Do the birds handle the trip okay? Do they seem less healthy/happy than locally bought birds?

    I am SO excited, but want to do this right for both the birds and myself - so want to gather as much information as possible. Any personal experiences/stories/advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you.
     
  2. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't know about mail ordering full grown birds but day old ducklings do fine in the mail. I wouldn't do eggs if it were me but you can do as you please. Craigslist or your local stockyard may be a good place to find grown ducks.
     
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  3. lonebluetear

    lonebluetear Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah, really hard to find breeds I am considering, locally. Adult birds seem impossible to find around here. I have 3 weeks though, so will keep looking for reputable sources.

    So day-old chicks are fine being shipped? That's good to know! I was really wondering. Figured no one would ship an adult - that would be interesting. Chicks being fine with shipping opens up a whole new world. Thank you.
     
  4. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out Murray mcmurray hatchery. They are great for mail ordering day olds.
     
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  5. lonebluetear

    lonebluetear Out Of The Brooder

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    Excellent! Thanks again! I'll check them out now. I LOVE THIS SITE!!! [​IMG]
     

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