Fellow feather lovers...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 2geesegal, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. 2geesegal

    2geesegal In the Brooder

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    Have been reading and learning from these forums for the last year. Thank you all for sharing your experiences. I have 2 Sebastapols as pets (free ranging outdoors) and boy could I give an earful to anyone contemplating stepping into Sebastapol ownership. But for this post, I am contemplating ducks for egg production rather than chickens as I have lakefront access that I'd like to believe will make for some happy quackers. Any input you guys may have about housing and best egg producers would be appreciated. I don't want them as pets, I've enough goose poop outside my kitchen door to last me a lifetime. I'd just like to find the easiest, cleanest set-up that you guys have discovered. Thanks!
     
  2. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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  3. FathertoFeathers

    FathertoFeathers Songster

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    I have seen people build duck coops that float on the water. They would be safe from predators but it would be a hassle to get to it. If your planning on keeping them on the water for the majority of the time DO NOT get Runners. Runner lay a lot but they will just pop out a egg anytime they feel like it. My friends had runners and a pond and the runners would just lay in the pond and not even care.
     
  4. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    A doghouse is quite adequate for a duck house. You can find some with hinged tops. A bed of sand might work best inside. I love straw, but I get mixed results. Sand is easy to scoop too. I’m not sure how you house your geese. This might be known information.
     
  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here.

    This is a useful link to take a look at - “How to...” guides. You may wish to consider including your location under your avatar (using the guide in the link above). You can use this link to contact members in your area - U.S. States, UK, Europe, Australia, Canada (for other countries, check here - Where am I? Where are you!)

    Best wishes

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  6. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    The Best Ducks for Laying Eggs
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    I am a duck breeder who relocated from urban life in Tampa, FL, to a rural mountainous area outside of Radford, VA.

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    What Are the Best Duck Breeds for Eggs?
    This is a tricky question. To answer it properly, we first need to determine a couple of things. What do you want the eggs for? Do you live in an urban setting or somewhere rural? Do you like greenish-blue eggs? You need to know what you are looking for before you get started.

    In general, Pekin and Campbells produce the most eggs. Runners produce a substantial amount of greenish-blue ones. The Aylesbury, a form of Pekin, produces a good number of eggs, but it is critically endangered according to the Livestock Conservancy.

    For this article, I used the duck comparison chart data from Metzer Farms, my personal experience raising ducks, and research data. I hope that all of this information will help you decide on the best duck breed for your egg-laying needs.

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  7. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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  8. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Good luck finding the right duck breed for you.
     
  9. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC! I want to see lots of pics of your geese! :love They are my fave of the backyard birds, such clowns!
    I have a runner hen that lays an egg pretty much every day, but as someone else mentioned, she doesn't always leave them in a nest :barnie She's to busy wandering around doing duck things to be troubled with taking a break for an egg:gig

    Thanks for joining our flock!
     
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  10. 2geesegal

    2geesegal In the Brooder

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    I have seen one of those floating coops attached overhead to a clothes line set up that pulls the coop out into deep water for the night. I question the safety of that in florida; gators and turtles would consider that a delivery service. Perhaps I should consider fencing into the lake ?
     

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