getting new ducks

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  1. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am getting ducks this spring for my pond it is about two acres big....How many ducks would be a good amount for this pond? .... What types of ducks are not good flyers?
     
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    Two acre pond? My god, you could get 200 ducks easily. With that much room, I'd get geese as well as they're excellent 1-2 punches as far as weeding and eating insects.

    My personal favorite ducks:

    Silver Appleyards
    Saxony
    Welsh Harlequin

    Geese:

    Pilgrim
    Embden
    American Buff
    Chinese

    It's very important to get high quality animals as well. If you can at all afford it, the best waterfowl are going to come from here:

    http://www.holderreadfarm.com/

    The second best being:

    http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/

    The more economic option (but still good product) is:

    http://www.metzerfarms.com/
     
  3. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
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    Any ducks that are too fat to fly. [​IMG] Seriously though.

    Avoid mallards and muscovy, both of which can fly.

    A 2 acre pond? You could have quite a few. How many were you thinking?
     
  4. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oo and do i need to get babies or...or can i intoduce grown ducks to my pond?
     
  5. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can introduce grown ducks to the pond. They should be o.k. as long as the predators don't find them! If you do not have the pond fenced in and predator proof, I'd make some kind of floating island for them to get on while still being out in the water. This keeps them safer from predators. Anchor it so it does not float to the bank of the pond.
     
  6. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how am i supposed to make an island?
     
  7. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    You can introduce adults to your pond... the issue is cost. Once you realize the cost, you will want to buy day old baby ducklings and goslings as it's a better value... although it takes more of your time to handle and grow.

    I don't see an immediate need for an island. The water itself gives your waterforwl a lot of protection from predators.
     
  8. thechickman04

    thechickman04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have alot of coyotes:(
     
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