Hello from Maryland :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Maxcine99, Jan 27, 2013.

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  1. Maxcine99

    Maxcine99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I'm just getting into the idea of having a backyard flock/ sustainable living albeit modestly since we only have 1/4 an acre (how those 1-3 acre listings on farm land for sale do torment me lol). We do have close neighbors so noise is a pretty big factor but we've narrowed down our ideal breeds of duck (we're still working on the chickens if we opt to do them since I've heard they're loud), we want either ancona, Cambell's, Welsh harlequin's, Black Cayuga, or Muscovy ducks, leaning more towards harlequins. We thought about getting a mixed flock but since some a heritage breeds wouldn't it be best to only get one sort so there's no interbreeding? We were hoping to get them this year but might wait till next since the pond isn't finished and we have no housing for hem, but we still want to make sure we know exactly what we're getting into. We're always looking for fellow poultry keepers in the PG county area! Any advice or help on getting started would be greatly appreciated! I always admired the people near us that kept chickens but I always thought you had to be a real farmer to do it! :)
    Shelly

    PS: Does anyone sell birds locally or reccomend any specific breeders? And are Cracked or eFowl safe to buy from?
     
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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Ask the people in the Ducks section here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    about Duck breeds and their experiences. You'll find lots of helpful, friendly folks there! You will see at the top of the ducks section there are some "sticky threads" in blue, that will give you some great info too.

    For chickens, well, it depends on what you would like. Have a look through the breeds section here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/chicken-breeds

    and read the reviews and people's experiences to help you choose. Also look at the Learning Centre:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    to give you an idea of what you need to get started with your chickens. Have fun with your fowl!
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Maxcine99, and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our flock. I can't speak of guess but I can of ducks and chickens. For just starting out I would go with chickens - for me they are simply less work and MUCH less mess then ducks. The constant water demands (due to their splashing it everywhere) of ducks makes them a little more time intensive than chickens. However, if you had a natural pond they had access to, I think it would be about the same.
     
  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    X 2 Good luck with your choice and welcome to BYC.
     
  6. Maxcine99

    Maxcine99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all so much! I'll start shakin down those chickens then! there so many to choose from though!
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  9. Dnetschke

    Dnetschke Chillin' With My Peeps

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