How many did you start with?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KimM, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. KimM

    KimM Out Of The Brooder

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    I read that 6 is a good number of ducks to start with if you are new to ducks. But it's so hard to narrow down my wish list of breeds. I started with 12 chickens and that seemed fine, but for some reason 12 ducks seems like more than 12 chickens if that makes any sense.... and I don't want to be overwhelmed (would I be with that many? space is not an issue)

    How many did you start with?
     
  2. gofasterstripe

    gofasterstripe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started off with 7 from Metzers. I ordered 6 runners then went back and ordered a Jubo Pekin. 1 of the runners died within a day of me getting them and another died at 9 weeks old. Half a dozen is a good place to start.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with six as well--it's a great place to start. But you will not stop there. You will want more.
     
  4. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with raising some orphaned black bellied whistling tree ducks. later hubby let me order 5 ducklings from metzers.. The Tree ducks flew away and I still had the domestic ducks. Re homed 2. one died after about 10 months.. Rescued a pekin at park. So right now I have 3.
     
  5. AdamD77

    AdamD77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started with two runners which both turned to to be boys, then we got four girls, so at the moment I have 6 [​IMG]

    It really depends on two things, plus cost of course, but you have chickens so will know the costs involved:

    Space - Obviously the more space you have, the more ducks you can have. They're very messy, especially with water and poos, so just a few in a fairly small area could be more work than the same amount of chickens in an identical set-up.

    Friendliness - The more ducks you get, the less friendly they are likely to be, unless you put effort into getting them used to you and happy around people [​IMG]

    What iamcuriositycat said is very true, once you have ducks, you will always want more! [​IMG] I think starting with a smaller number one year (1-4) and then getting more the next year and then more the year after etc. would be great, for me at least! Obviously introduction problems could happen doing this, but I love the process of raising them from little ducklings to adults [​IMG]
     
  6. Hattiegun

    Hattiegun Chillin' With My Peeps

    What iamcuriositycat said is very true, once you have ducks, you will always want more! [​IMG] I think starting with a smaller number one year (1-4) and then getting more the next year and then more the year after etc. would be great, for me at least! Obviously introduction problems could happen doing this, but I love the process of raising them from little ducklings to adults [​IMG]

    I am new and have 4 !! It was a perfect number cuz I can spend alot of time on each one. They are call ducks and very friendly. I have 2 boys and 2 girls so come spring I will need to get more girls , which I hope to get as ducklings to hand raise. Hopefully no introduction problems. Would luv to just have the 4 but come spring there may be a breeding problem.​
     
  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I started with two. But when each new year rolled around i added more birds. First year i added geese. Next year was more ducks. This year was guineas.
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Lets just get it out in the open folks, We're addicted!! I started out with 1 drake I adopted from our river ,then went and bought 3 hens to go with him and then adopted another 3 hens and then another drake just happened to fly into our section of river. so now I am up to 8, all Muscovy.
     
  9. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Started with 2 from Metzer. Those 2, meeting John Metzer, and seeing the hatchery, along with raising the ducks, had started my poulty addiction [​IMG]. Joining BYC anchored the love for poultry....now we have chickens, and have an order placed w/ Holderread for some SQ Magpies and WH's [​IMG]
     
  10. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    I started with two pekin ducklings. Then six mallard ducklings, then....things got out of hand![​IMG]
     

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