Hello--new to ducks!

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

  1. Eluria

    Eluria Chirping

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    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

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    Eluria,

    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

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    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

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    Ooh, thanks for the link. I will post this over in the duck section too!
     

  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    You're welcome. Good luck with your ducks.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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 Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     

  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to the BYC family - so glad you joined us [​IMG]
     

  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    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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