Exotic waterfowl

Discussion in 'Ornamental Fowl (Swans, etc.)' started by Thebirdwisperr, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been looking at adding some exotic waterfowl to our mini-farm and was wondering if M&H Waterfowl was a good place to get some. Do you need a permit to keep ducks like canvasbacks and wood ducks? Also do you know of any books on raising these ducks? And lastly, are diving ducks like canvasbacks fairly easy to raise. I would appreciate any information on raising diving ducks and dabbling ducks!


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  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    M&H is a good source.Yes. You need permits (3-186 forms) They will send you the permits you need, As far as books Simon Tarsnanes " Waterfowl" Care Breeding and Conservation is a very good one. Some divers are harder to keep and/or breed than others. Cans are fairly easy to keep as far as divers go....but sometimes can be hard to breed.(I had one that was almost 5 before here first egg was laid) Dabblers are way easier to keep than divers. Divers require better water conditions than dabblers and do better with a bigger water surface area. Good luck . They are both alot of fun.
     
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  3. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! Also is there any way I could get eiders or harlequin ducks? I harlequins are my favorite type of ducks (closely followed by gadwalls) and was wondering if there was any place to get them. Where I live in Idaho they're a protected species so I'm assuming that I will need more permits than for other birds. As for the canvasbacks, I was planning on building their pen around a little hill with 4 trees on it with the water 3-4 feet deep. Would this be adequate for them? I was also planning on getting wood ducks, and gadwalls, will they be ok with the divers? Thank you for the help!


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  4. BYC-user-174785

    BYC-user-174785 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Typically perching ducks like mandarins and wood ducks are a great beginner duck. In my own case, teals (dabblers) followed. They also are fairly easily to raise, just smaller. Then I got into the pochard family (which includes Canvasbacks) to see how I do with divers. They were easy to raise, so now I have more divers, and am getting even more from Pinola Preserve. Wood ducks, you cannot go wrong with them! They are a beautiful duck, and will help you get experience for later species. I have seem Gadwall in person, but I prefer their cousin, the Falcated Duck/Teal, but I would assume they are not much harder to raise. There is a local breeder that has Common Eiders. I absolutely love them, but my dad does not. From his experiences, they are not easy to raise. He has a very nice set-up with constant running water, and they are on his big pond for his divers. I have visited Sylvan Heights Bird Park, and got a personal tour of the breeding facilities by Mike Lubbock. At the actual park, I saw many types of eiders, which was awesome. At the breeding facility I saw their harlequin ducks. Unfortunately most of the species, including the harlequins, were in eclipse plumage. They still looked nice. I believe their have been threads about them before, and I believe Sylvan Heights is one of the only few breeders of them in the U.S. They also are quite expensive too, much more than eiders. I do recall someone posting pictures of them on the GBWF Forum, so maybe they raise them as well. While it is hypothetically possible to get them, I recommend that you try your hand at wood ducks, gadwalls, and work your way to the eiders and harlequins. Eiders are more readily available. Check out these links for people who raise them: http://www.fillmorehollowwaterfowl.com/ and http://pinola.net/. Harlequin ducks are also one of my favorites, and I do hope to have them one day in the future.

    Here is a good site with great information: http://www.mallardlanefarms.com/.

    That sounds like it would be good for them, but their pen will be covered right? Just making sure. I recently had someone wanting mandarin duck because they thought they were like a domestic duck that would not fly away. Yes, you can have a mixed collection of divers and dabblers. On Pinola's webcams, you will see that they have all sorts of species together. Both destinduck and I have divers with dabblers. They get along fine. My smew (divers) eat out of my hand which helps the other ducks not be as afraid.
     
  5. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry our email broke down, but thanks for the info!
     
  6. BYC-user-174785

    BYC-user-174785 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad to help.
     
  7. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, also does M&H Waterfowl sell their exotic ducks as adults or ducklings?
     
  8. JJRS

    JJRS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a rule, no breeders sell ducklings or eggs.
     
  9. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thank you.
     

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