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I NEED ducks. UPDATED I bought Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by obsessed, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. obsessed

    obsessed Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Slidell, LA
    So I was thinking of ordering some ducks. I prefer duck eggs to chicken eggs. They are soooooo much better, thicker, creamier, richer. So how many duck (females) do I need? I have a family of 5. Two adults, one teenager, two toddlers. I think we will eat more eggs if we had them cause they are fresh. But we definitely eat about 2-3 doz a week.

    I was looking at McMurry's and they have a minimum order of 10 for ducks. Should I go with 10 just in case some don't make it? Or should I split them up like 7 and then get a couple of meat ducks.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009

  2. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    runners or khaki campbells will faithfully lay an egg a day (except in winter)... i know runners lay over 300 eggs a year (i think campbells are similar too)... So you can calculate how many ducks to get easily... How many eggs do you eat a day? That's how many egg laying ducks you should get.... If your family can eat up to 3 dozen a week, i'd day get no less than 5 female runners or khaki campbells...

    36(eggs) divided by 7(days) equals approx. 5.15 eggs a day...

    Remeber that ducks take about 20-25 weeks to mature enough to lay, and you'd be getting ducklings... Just make sure you do your research about taking care of them, they are different than chickens!
  3. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Songster

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    We had a khaki campbell and she did lay very nicely...plus they are sweet ducks, so 2 for 1 benefits!
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Some hatcheries offer hybrid ducks that are bred for laying abilities, but if you want a purebred it's hard to beat a Khaki Campbell.
  5. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Crowing

    Oct 16, 2008
    Quote:how big and what shape is a .15 egg >>???

    go with more ducks than eggs you need. some will die and most will not lay every day.. If you have extra eggs you will not have any trouble selling them..
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    lol, 5.15 was a mathmatical approximation....

    i get all 10 layers, you might lose some in shipping, and they might not all make it to adult hood.
  7. Omniskies

    Omniskies Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    If you're wanting eggs then definitely spend the extra money and get all females. It's usually easy to find extra males if you ever decide to get fertile eggs.

    Spending a dollar extra now will save you a fortune in feeding males before you can separate one from the other.

    The last time I ordered Indian Runners from McMurray I was given a bunch of extras and still ended up being credited for having less than the ordered amount. Make sure you _immediately_ give the babies a little sugar water as soon as you get them. I even recommend leaving them alone until the next day so they have time to mellow out. Both Indian Runners and Campbells are high strung and should get some quiet time to adjust to all of this whole hatching/traveling business.

  8. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    If you are ONLY wanting eggs and maybe pets, try a local waterfowl rescue. They always have domestic ducks they are trying to adopt out. Like with any adoption there are rules, like you usually can't eat the duck or it's offspring, or sell the duck or it's offspring.

    Many a times I have been tempted to adopt from the local rescue which seems to always have an abundance of rescued waterfowl. The only thing stopping me, is I free range my geese and that if requested I would sell their eggs.

    But really, look around for a local rescue. They should have ducklings to adults, males and females. Sometimes you have to adopt in pairs if the waterfowl are already mated off, but eggs are eggs.

    Terrie and waterfowlrescue delve into a run waterfowl rescues, so try to contact them and they may be able to help you out!

  9. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    The bred-to-lay Khaki Campbells will outlay ANY breed of poultry, chickens included, if given fine care and night lighting programs in winter.

    In fact, as Mr Duck himself, Dave Holderread, says, you will find really no better laying poultry--period--than the Khaki Campbell. It is amazing that more people don't keep Campbells instead of chickens for eggs.

    As some have said in this regard, ducks are the most undervalued poultry in existence. And in my short experience--even in the dead of winter--(and in most others experience as well) ducks are hands down easier to raise.

    Runners used to be best egg-laying ducks until a few decades ago---but, 'no mas' as they say!!! [​IMG]
  10. Quote:I have to agree with all of this. This is why I'm getting serious about my Khakis. They are amazing layers, my girls haven't skipped a beat all winter. I have 3 nice girls and I get 3 eggs every single day.

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