Hello--new to ducks!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Eluria, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Eluria

    Eluria Chirping

    Jul 31, 2014
    Hello, I am new here. Several weeks ago the neighbor girls brought me 2 tiny ducklings--the mama had been attacked, along with the babies. One baby was killed outright, mama took off with one, and these were left. They spent the first few nights in a small cat carrier--sadly, one, which had been very quiet where the other one was not, passed away. However, we rigged a brooder box, and the other one has survived to be a very feisty mallard girl.

    Miss Mallard does not love us, and I think can't wait to get back outside. I will release her when she is fully feathered and can get away from predators etc.

    However, I think I have a touch of duck fever now. After doing some research, I have discovered that I would be allowed to have up to 3 ducks on my property (we have a decent backyard, but not acreage by any means). I am looking for ducks that would be calm and friendly, and be decent to good layers. I'm thinking of ordering from Metzer farms, since they have a small order minimum. I am looking into Welsh Harlequins, Cayugas, and possibly Swedish Black/Blue or a Buff, although my 9 year old daughter was pretty entranced by the Hybrid 300's egg production.

    I would love to hear from anyone who has a small backyard flock in suburbia. We will build a pen for them at night, and I have been researching plans for one--if anyone has some helpful links or pics that would be great. I have read that ducks can get along with cats and dogs--we have a dog and two cats, although the kitties stay indoors. Any advice on how to introduce them safely?

    I noticed that many of the ducks have temperament ratings from very calm to nervous. Clearly I need to stay away from the nervous ones--but what does "average" mean, vs. calm or very calm when one is discussing duck temperament? I can't imagine that even the very calm ones are lap-type animals?

    Sorry for so many questions. Nice to meet you all! This looks like a fantastic little community.
  2. OBD Farms

    OBD Farms Hatching

    Aug 1, 2014

    Have you looked into Muscovy ducks? They are hardy, quiet (no quacking) and very mild tempered birds. They can get big, females 8-10lbs and males up to 15lbs, (approx) and if you aren't keeping them for meat make sure not to get males because they are prolific breeders and hatch a lot of chicks!

    Look into them they are sweet! Good Luck!
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I've had a few ducks (Pekins, Rouens, Khaki Campbells, Muscovys, and Crested Blue Swedish) over the years, and the sweetest, friendliest, and prettiest ducks I had were the Crested Blue Swedish. But I do not claim to be anything close to a duck expert. You might want to post on these questions on our duck section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Good luck with your flock.
  4. Eluria

    Eluria Chirping

    Jul 31, 2014
    Ooh, thanks for the link. I will post this over in the duck section too!
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    You're welcome. Good luck with your ducks.
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! We have quite a few duck lovers here who'd be happy to assist you. Enjoy your duckies!
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to the BYC family - so glad you joined us [​IMG]
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Definitely head over to our Ducks section. You will find lots of help with ducks over there. :)

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!

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