Hi all Im looking for some advice

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  1. kazzylou

    kazzylou New Egg

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    Hi everyone i have got 10 ducks of had them from a week old they are now nearly 10 months old I'm thinking about breeding them this year but have no idea where to start any help would be much appreciated [​IMG] my ducks are 1 apple yard cross Indian runner female 2 appleyard females 2 kahiki females 2 Indian runner males 3 Appleyard males
     
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  2. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Well, great question. I probably would move the appleyard females and one male together and have a purebred pen and then put all the others together. I would watch for an "overabundance of the boys though - as in boy/girl ratio unless you have a really large quarters. Enjoy the ducks. We love ours!
     
  3. kazzylou

    kazzylou New Egg

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    They have a very large pen and they all get on great never had any problems with them I have been looking online where to start but I'm still a little confused where do I start I remove the eggs the day they are layed then what?
     
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC.[​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I don't have any experience breeding ducks, so unfortunately can't be of much help. I suggest posting in the Ducks section for some good answers: Ducks
     
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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"

    I've never bred ducks before, but I have bred/hatched chickens, so I'll offer some advice based on that experience. If you want purebred ducklings, you should separate your Appleyard females and put them in with your male. Or, if you don't mind mixed breeds, you can let the drake stay with all of his females. Unless the drake isn't fertile, most of the eggs the duck females are laying should be fertile.

    Basically, you collect the eggs the females lay every day. Store the eggs in a cool, slightly moist place, not in the refrigerator or a place where they could possibly start developing (90 degrees F or more). When you have collected eggs for no more than 14 days, or have collected as many as you want to incubate, set them in an incubator. There are many incubator styles that would work well. I would recommend posting any incubation questions in the Incubation section of the forums: Incubating & Hatching Eggs

    About 28 days after starting incubation, if all goes well, you should have some cute ducklings.
     
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  7. kazzylou

    kazzylou New Egg

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    Thank you I will start collecting eggs tomorrow for hatching [​IMG]
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens - hope you'll be having a bunch of baby ducklings waddling around this spring.
     

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