I've been reading here for months, might as well join up!

Sinister

In the Brooder
7 Years
Nov 13, 2012
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Greetings! I've been reading the forum for a while gathering advice and I figured I would finally join up.

I am new to ducks, and am heading into my first winter with them here in NY. I got started in the ducks because I have a very wet yard. When it rains, it takes weeks for it to dry up. I figured that I must have alot of clay in the ground, and decided to dig a small pond to give the water a place to go. I dug a small 10X4 (or so)pond, 18 -24 inches deep, and decided that some ducks might enjoy it. I had thought about getting chickens before, but the pond, along with tasting my first duck eggs from a friend, made me go duck.

I have 7 total, 2 pekin, 1 a is drake. 4 khaki campbells, 1 is a drake, and 1 black swedish girl. We got them all newly hatched in the past spring, the 2 pekin we got in April, and liked them so much we got the rest in May. We free range them and put them in a pen at night. The pekin drake is very much into the ladies, but the khaki hasn't made any moves yet.

We all enjoy them a lot, and my neighbors have even brought their handicapped daughter over to watch them play. They never fail to bring a smile to everyones face. Unfortunately they haven't given us any eggs yet, so we are crossing our fingers and checking every day. I read pretty much everything here on when they should be laying and how to encourage it, so now it is just up to them I suppose.

Anyway, thanks for all the help, whether you knew you were or not!


I posted this in the duck section too, I hope that's ok.
 

sumi

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Hello and welcome to BYC
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Glad you joined us!
 

redsoxs

Crowing
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Greetings from Kansas, Sinister, and
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! Happy you joined our flock! I have a few ducks myself - mainly for comic relief - but my one hen is laying and the eggs are delicious! Hope your girls start soon. Good luck to you!
 

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