I did it! I took the plunge!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bring, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered ducklings today!! They should be here on the 30th! I found somebody on craigslist that went in on an order with me. I only wanted 3 and the hatchery would have charged $55-60 for them. I ended up ordering 5 and the other lady ordered 5. It only cost me $34.28!! I promised my husband that I would sell the other two at the poultry swap next month. What's a good price for them? I think I will either sell the Blue Indian runner and a Chocolate indian runner or 2 chocolate indian runners. We will see which one I take to the most. Anyway, just wanted to share the excitement. I have 8 chickens and these will be my first ducks. I'm so excited![​IMG]
     
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  2. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just as a warning... once you get them, you won't be able to sell them!! [​IMG] Enjoy... I love my duckies!
     
  3. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Congrats! And BTW...LOL you have 5 ducks! I told my husband I would butcher my extra drakes....Yeah uh huh I just built them their own bachelor domain.

    Ummmm you will not sell them once you have them...if so, you are a better woman than 99.8% of us here. [​IMG]
     
  4. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agreed... I told my DF that the first six would be it... I wouldn't want anymore than that. I just wanted those first six. Hehe... I've been up to 11 at one point and now... I've got an incubator! It's a sickness I'm warning you!
     
  5. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup i can agree with everyone here and say once there yours, there yours, no chance of getting rid of them once there in your yard [​IMG]
     
  6. ktsmom

    ktsmom Out Of The Brooder

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    congrats...good luck deciding which ones you want to get rid of! I told my hubby that I was only getting 5 ducks...I now have 8, and he's totally ok with us letting them have their own ducklings next spring...we tried this year, with only a little success, but then the 3 babies didn't make it after all. (he's also ok with me getting a few more ducks if we are not successful, and is ok with a few geese next spring as well) We will try again next spring, as I don't want babies over the cold months! It's hard enough keeping thawed out water for the adult ducks (not to mention the chickens and turkeys). I think 4 trips outside with warm water every time I change it (which during frozen months is 3 times a day) is quite enough!! But when the hose is thawed, no problems!!
     
  7. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband has been patient with me. We currently have 14 animals on the property and 3 children. He just built me a chicken coop for my 8 chickens too. He's been patient with me and I want to return the favor by keeping my word about selling the two ducklings. I know it will be hard, but it has to be done.
     
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

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    well thank God. we've been waiting for you to give in! what took so long! [​IMG] listen to duckboat. she knows what she's talking about. she has the disease almost as badly as i do...

    how many ducks do i have anyway??? i can't remember. if they would hold still i would count them.....[​IMG]
     
  9. duckboatprincess

    duckboatprincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still coming over to take one of your hands... just tell me when!!
     
  10. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, yeah, yeah... even the men get attached... or is it OCD (obsessive compulsive ducksorder)? Last year I had 6 mallards and one by one they were killed... 3 by hawks and 3 by my stupid dogs. After dog/hawk proofing part of the yard, I started out this spring wanting to hatch a few turkeys for our son because he was obsessed with anything that hatches from eggs. Let's see, 6 free turkey eggs from a friend that raises turkeys and a homemade incubator. Hatched them and gave 'em back to my friend after a few weeks. Now it's time to really test the homemade incubator as my son wanted to hatch duck eggs. I bought 6 mallard eggs and they didn't develop. Hmmmm, let's try it again, I bought 10 more mallard eggs and a real incubator (gotta make the kid happy). Out of those 10, we hatched 1 mallard. Well, our son was disappointed, the duck was not yellow. I was sad that it didn't have a friend. So, off I go to a swap meet and bring home 2 more mallard ducklings about the same size. Somewhere during this time I ended up buying 10 mandarin eggs and had them in the incubator. Much to our surprise, 5 of the mandarins hatched and were thriving. Well, sometime after this, I ended up with 5 more mandarin ducklings and decided one of the mallard ducklings is actually a rouen. THEN, I joined BYC and I read about welsh harlequins, great egg layers, yellow ducklings (kid will be happy with that), and good temperment. Oh yeah, I bought 5 WH ducklings. In case you've lost track, I now have EIGHTEEN DUCKS!!! No, I won't butcher, sell, or willingly give up any of them.
     

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