Estes Hatchery Ducklings- Please Respond

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by AnconaDuckFarm, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. AnconaDuckFarm

    AnconaDuckFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have ordered 20 female Ancona ducklings from Estes Hatchery. They are due to ship tomorrow and arrive Friday. Can I please have some reviews of the ducklings ordered from here and how the sexing was(if you got it)
    Thanks and please respond
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I can't speak for that particular hatchery, but I will say ducklings can be sexed far more easily than chicks. I received a similar sized order from Metzer and all were female.
     
  3. AnconaDuckFarm

    AnconaDuckFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  4. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you know where the source them from?
     
  5. Carrie7

    Carrie7 New Egg

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    I ordered sexed Ancona ducklings from Estes hatchery too. How was your experience?

    I wanted 3 females and a drake, and only one of the four is quacking at eight weeks! The other ones have a hoarse whispery peep. I'm afraid they might have gotten it backwards!
     
  6. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they gave you one female and the rest males!
     
  7. Carrie7

    Carrie7 New Egg

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    Yup! They accidentally sent all males and 1 female--not the ratio I was hoping for in my primarily egg-laying small pet flock!

    Since they're not labelled as male/female when shipped, and my invoice was correct, I didn't discover the mistake until their voices changed...hard to rehome at that point, and I was attached to them, not suspecting they might be male. Since there was one female, I couldn't even keep a bachelor flock without rehoming the female.

    The hatchery has since apologized and sent more females. (But my male:female ratio still isn't what I ordered). I hope they will all get along!
     
  8. Pixie

    Pixie Chillin' With My Peeps

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