Grown up duck or duckling?? Where to begin the duck adventure?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NoseyChickens, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    I am thinking of getting a duck in the spring. Which would be a better way to start out having ducks? I have chickens. Can I have just 1 or 2 ducks. And if I get them should they be duckings or adult ducks? We live in the desert in an area that is spread out but we do have neighbors, so I would prefer a more quiet duck. If you only have 1 or 2 would it be better to have females. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    I have done both and so far it's worked out just fine. But duckling are just so darn cute and fun to watch and, of course, sometimes they are way sweeter and human friendly when started from duckling. Muscovies are a quiet duck....have fun!
    Oh and I have 2 females. I'm not sure if 2 males would get along all the time. In the spring there might be issues but maybe not if there are no females around.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  3. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    One things for sure, if you get a male and a female you will end up with MORE ducks [​IMG] I would suggest getting at least two, never a lone duck.
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    You really should get more than one, ducks are incredibly social animals, they need buddies. Getting ducklings or adults is a personal choice; if you want cute fluffy babies, get ducklings, if you don't want to deal with brooding them, get adults. If you want them to be quiet, get two males. Males should get along as long as there aren't any females to fight over, and males don't quack, they make a hoarse, whispery sound.
  5. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    i would get both at the same time so that you can expierence all aspects of raising ducks in a short period of time so that you know whether you like ducks and could raise them
  6. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Thank you for all the advice! I am seriously going to have to research this. As long as the DH dosen't get transfer orders I just may be the proud owner of a couple of ducks come spring!

    oh more question. Do ducks make noise in the middle of the night? You know like a rooster sometimes crows?
  7. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    no they are pretty silent, how close do you want tobe to your duck?
    if you get a full grown duck he wont imprint on you, but a duckling is more apt to.
    (you say your husband may get transfer orders are you all a military family?
  8. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2009
    Quote:Mine do on occasion... not very often though. If noise is an issue you should consider muscovies or if not scovies then just a couple males. The females make all the noise... the males have a very quiet, sort of raspy quack.
  9. Bleenie

    Bleenie Wyan-DO's

    I am sorry but I had to point it out since no one else has...

    Quote:And i would suggest ducklings. they're so cute & fun and if you hand raise they will be much sweeter as adults.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 10, 2010
  10. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    something no one has mentioned is that if you get males, and you have chickens, they will try to mate your chickens if you keep them together.

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