First ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by arsnow, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. arsnow

    arsnow In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2008
    Farnsworth, TX
    I'd like to get some ducks and possibly a few geese later this spring or summer, I don't know what breeds to choose. I am planning on putting the birds on a cover crop of rye grass, buckwheat, clover, or something else (I haven't decided yet) so they can forage . They may also be called to weed and patrol for insects in the corn, melons and beans.

    I would like to get some eggs from the ducks, but my main purpose is ornamental. Cayugas, Runners and Khaki Campbells are the front runners, but what breeds are a good choice for pasturing, eggs, and good looks.

    As far as geese are concerned, I really want the Africans, Chinese, or the Buffs.

    Let me know your thoughts.
  2. Lamar Estate

    Lamar Estate Songster

    Mar 3, 2011
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    I have a mixed breed Khaki Campbell x Cayuga duck named Beaker. She lays about an egg a day (since January). She started laying at around 5 months old. Twice she has laid 3 eggs in less than 24 hours.

    Beaker is an incredibly sweet duck. She loves to cuddle.

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