Informal poll: Best duck breed for beginner?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by savingdogs, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. savingdogs

    savingdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, I gotta get ducks now.

    I just want a pair....really....I want a few eggs and would want a breeding pair. It would be nice if I could somehow sell the extra ducklings or eat them although eating duck is not my prime reason for wanting them.

    Mainly we like to laugh and think ducks are funny and want to have another livestock animal that isn't a huge financial drain. I think I have a baker who would buy duck eggs and we already have chickens and are buying Layena anyways.

    So we are looking for eggs, possibly a little meat, but mostly funny personalities that are easy enough for beginners?

    Can I hear your opinions on what breed I should be looking at?
  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Muscovy or Runner! Muscovies are my favorite, but Runners are funnier. Runners are better layers, Muscovies could be eaten. Runners will not usually hatch ducklings, Muscovies will.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2010
  3. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    Khaki campells [​IMG]
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I chose runners - I am getting back to ducks after a many-year hiatus (I had Pekins and mallards). From what I have read, most ducks are pretty easy compared to many other (usually) outdoor pets/livestock. The biggest effort I am making is building a predator-resistant pen and shelter for them.

    I chose the runners for their reputation for the following:

    eat many slugs and bugs [​IMG]
    lay many eggs
    make much fertilizer [​IMG]
    huge cuteness factor

    They are also fairly small - 3.5 to 4 pounds each. I think I can manage a 4 pound bird.
  5. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Muscovy and Pekins for meat and eggs.

    If you want a easy duck to take care of, that is personable, try call ducks.
  6. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
    Call ducks. They are easy to keep, dont take up much space, and dont eat as much as full size ducks.
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    As for domestics, one is just as good as the other, no big deal in care for any of them.
    Like Scott, I would go with the calls, they are smaller, and more colorful than many of the other species of domestic ducks. None have any specialized care though, so just which ever one strikes your fancy!
    Snowy calls are very nice!
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    muscovy they will take care of their babies.
  9. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    i say runners, but i'm biased.. i got six living in my house right now [​IMG]
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I love pekins. They are loud, sassy and just ducky!

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