I just bought Ancona Duck eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by awesomefowl, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    yay! My dad isn't so psyched though....[​IMG]
    So does anybody have any tips on hatching and raising ducklings? I can't wait!!!!!!!!!
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    I'm think of vent sexing at hatch time, and butchering the excess drakes. I don't want too many ducks (meaning duck plural, not the females), since I'm going to keep them with the chickens. Any tips?
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  2. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    How big are anconas, BTW?
     
  3. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats!!! I love my Anconas!! They're a medium size duck, maybe 7-8 lbs. Larger than calls, smaller than pekins [​IMG] Can you get a copy of Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks? It will be your most useful reference. Incubator at 99.5F, humidity 60%, lockdown at 25 days and then jack the humidity up to, I think, 80% til hatch. Turn the eggs 3x a day til lockdown. Opinions vary on hatching them upright or on their sides. (I like on their sides but I'm just a noob) Take the babies out when they're dry and stick em in a brooder with a hot spot of 95F and places to get away from the heat too. Feed em starter crumbles and water them with a container with a lid only big enough for their heads to dip in, or they'll make a horrific mess and get soaked and chilled. There is a LOT of info here on the site - I gave you a real rough basic outline. Search ducks on the incubation & hatching forum above and you'll be reading for days...and get Storey's Guide!
     
  4. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I have read SGTR Ducks twice. It is a great book! I will probably buy it.
     
  5. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    these r my anconas!! [​IMG]
     
  6. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    Quote:They're cute! I absolutly can't wait for my eggs!
     
  7. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    thankz!! awesomefowl [​IMG]
     
  8. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here are mine - waiting is hard, it helps to have pics to look at!

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  9. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    toadbriar your anconas r gorgeous!! [​IMG]..[​IMG]
     
  10. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you, so are yours!! I especially love the blotchy spots on the front left guy - drake is he? And the 'bikini top' the one on the right has! Are you hatching from these guys? Maybe we can swap eggs in the spring? [​IMG]
     

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