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I took a risk today...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by michellers, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and went to my first "Tractor Supply Company" store to see some ducklings and baby chicks they got in this week. Closest store is a little over 45 minutes away, but it was worth it to see them in person!

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    I was good and didn't take any home. Not yet anyways. I am sticking to my plan of building my ideal duck coop, research more, and have all my "ducks in a row". Sorry, I couldn't resist that last part.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I bet that was hard to resist, but bravo to you for getting your [er] ducks in a row first so to speak. [​IMG] and [​IMG]
     
  3. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Super cute! but man, they sure pack 'em in.
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Thats one reason I stay far away during chick days, I usually get upset about something and have to say so. just best I stay away.
     
  6. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definitely see your point on that. They had 6 stock tanks in a pen, but this was the only one with ducks in it. The rest were different types of chickens.

    I'm mostly interested in Blue Swedish ducks, so it looks like I will be ordering online when that time comes. I'm anxious for the snow to melt away and the temperatures to rise so I can start building my duck coop! Can't quite do what I want with 8" or so of snow in the way!
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That does present a problem, won't be long now before spring will be here, I am so ready.
     
  8. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its GREAT to see someone researching and preparing first!!!! So many people post "I went to TSC and they were so cute". Then its how do I take care of them?

    Since you've basically decided on a breed you can start looking at where you'd like to buy them. TSC will order them for you (I think you have to get 25) but they are straight run. Your best bet will be decide how many ducks you want total, if you want to breed and raise ducklings and then order an appropriate number of males and females. 1 male to 3-6 females is usually a good ratio. Ordering sexed is a little more costly but you don't run into the I have 1 female and 4 males problem later. Good luck with getting your coop ready.
     
  9. rubberduckies

    rubberduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered my ducklings from Ideal Poultry. They were about $5 each. The small package fee and shipping is around $12 I think. You have to spend a minimum of $25 but that's easy. I got 9 chicks as packing peanuts. I live in a farming community so it was easy to sell them for $20. (Made a little of my money back). I definitely recommend Ideal. Amazing costumer service and great shipping. All 14 babies made it here safe and healthy within 48 hours of hatching. And I agree about getting your ducks in a row. I did my research first too. It's so much better to know what to expect.
     
  10. michellers

    michellers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My years of volunteering with a couple dog rescues probably has helped/prevented me from getting ducks before I am really ready. I don't want to be in the position where I am in over my head and my ducks are not given the best life that they deserve.

    I'm planning on ordering two females online. I have a student's father who has chickens, so I might talk with him within the next few weeks to see if he is interested in more chicks and we could order together so that they can travel in a larger group versus just the two ducks.
     

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