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Indoor duck question!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wendorphins, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Wendorphins

    Wendorphins Hatching

    Nov 14, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    I was just wondering you guy's opinion on whether I should hatch or simply buy a duckling or two to raise indoors...
    I don't know anywhere I could purchase hatching eggs in my area (there are probably a bunch, but I'm very new to the duck scene so I have no idea where to look, haha), so I'd either have to buy them online or drive out to a feed store and get some ducklings in the spring.
    I've never hatched eggs before, nor have I ever owned any birds really, so it's all going to be new territory for me~
    The time and devotion it's going to take to raise these ducklings is totally going to be worth it in the end, so basically all I want to know is if there would be any major differences in the bonding aspect whether I hatch them myself or purchase them.

    I've decided on Pekins, so if that affects anything I should be aware of, please let me know~
    Any help on deciding which I should go for and any extra duckling/duck raising information would be awesome c:

    Also, I am absolutely insane and am more than willing to sacrifice my house to have duckies to snuggle with LOL
    We're talking crate training and ducky diapers.

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    If you're planning on keeping them inside I would personally advise trying to hatch them. It will make the imprinting process much more effective.
  3. mumma duck

    mumma duck In the Brooder

    Nov 17, 2013
    Melbourne, Australia
    Im also new to the duck scene my four khakis are about 9 weeks old now but from what ive read the hatching process is pretty costly and time consuming. We just bought ours from a poultry place at 1 day old and they imprinted quite strong on me. I had them inside until about 5 weeks and my partner made me kick them out haha they get very messy and smelly very quickly so be prepared for your house to be trashed! Once they got too big for thier brooding box I put them in my kids toy room with lino on the floor and was cleaning it up to 5 times a day and even weeks later it still feels dirty ive scrubbed and mopped and wiped down walls but their poop really goes everywhere! I spend a couple of hours a day outside with mine and they are still very reliant on my attn and tame, if they hear me inside they quack at the window for me to come out. Whatever you decide to do enjoy it, they are the best pets!!

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