ISO Heritage chickens and quality guineas (and maybe ducks). Location-Delaware

Discussion in 'Other Poultry - Birds & Hatching Eggs' started by Fenika, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Fenika

    Fenika Songster

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    Hello,

    It's been a long time since I've posted. I'm looking for some nice egg laying chickens (dual purpose okay) that have good bloodlines, along with some guinea fowl (any type). A small flock of ducks is likely in my future too.

    The last time I got birds I got runty dual purpose chickens with males who had lost their dance, forcing me to cull all the roosters in the end. The guineas I got were a little better, but still not breeding quality, so that didn't work well for establishing a flock.

    I have a farm again and would like to start raising birds, primarily for eggs (all species), and tick control (the guineas of course). I am fascinated with guinea fowl and would love to try imprinting them down the line as well.

    I don't eat a lot of meat, but would probably want to have a dual purpose duck flock so I can cull the males for a non-traditional thanksgiving bird.

    So I'm looking for a nice farm somewhere nearish Delaware so I can get some well bred birds. Any leads appreciated :)
     
  2. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

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    Muscovy ducks are very tasty! And they taste like sirloin steak!
    Muscovy ducks are very passionate too! They act like dogs! Mine wags their tails and peeps when I feed them.
    Also Muscovy's are very quite! They his not quack!
    Here some pictures:
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  3. Fenika

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    Muscovy's sound very nice, and I know they are a popular duck breed :) Too bad you are so far away. Are Muscovy's good at foraging and watching out for predators? (I am digging a pond in one corner where there's a natural clay deposit, so want them out by day and in their own coop at night). (And thus needing a small duck flock as I don't want my pond to turn into an algae broth!)
     
  4. Nyla

    Nyla Crowing

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    My Muscovy's free range. They mostly eat the grass and bugs rather than their feed. Also when I got my first Muscovy's I only had females. A raccoon got in and injured one of them. So I got some males to have a good fertility. The males are very good protectors! I haven't had a raccoon attack ever since. Also Muscovy ducks eat a lot of bugs which provide pest control!
    I am currently hatching Muscovy eggs in 4 incubators filled and have 12 females laying on clutches of 10+ eggs all due to hatch this month.
     
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  5. Fenika

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    That sounds perfect. Free range bug eaters and protective males is just what I need. Plus, duck eggs, mmm.
     

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