Just a couple.....

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by navasima, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey There Duck Folk! I'd like to have just a couple of ducks for eggs. So...question time!!

    2 females okay to kep each other company?

    I'd like a calmer breed - or will temprament be more influenced by handling?
    There will certainly be a 3 year old "helping " me with "her" ducks. [​IMG]

    Bantam ducks - smaller eggs are fine by me if it is a prolific layer. [​IMG] Size would even be better as we are definitely in a suburban setting.

    Any breeds out there that are: layed back, do well in a backyard setting, lay well.....
    Ya - not asking for much...... [​IMG]

    TIA for any suggestions/advice!!
     
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Two females would probably work well. I'd want three, so that if one died, the other would not be as traumatized by being alone until I could find another duck and introduce them.

    I have runners - very sweet, very social, I raised them to be that way (and was blessed for them to respond), and they are high energy.

    Just adopted two female Buff Orpingtons. Lovely ducks, a little larger than runners and with a similar reputation for being good layers. Besides that, I am told the Buffs are good broodies (should you ever wish to expand your duckie holdings [​IMG] )
     
  4. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your responses! A bit more reading (and lurking!) and it looks like ducks come Spring!! [​IMG]
     
  5. galgo98

    galgo98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry, if you lurk on here long enough you will definitely end up with more than "a couple" ducks thanks to the enablers on this forum and ducky math!! [​IMG] I too was just a lurker last year at this time... Then I was going to just get 3-4 runners, ended up with 6... now I'm placing an order for next year for more runners and I'm lurking on the goose thread.. thinking about getting a pair of Sebastopols in the spring.... [​IMG]
    I vote for Runner ducks. I love my runners! Got them as day olds from Holderreads. I raised them inside (living room), so they were handled on a regular basis. They don't crawl onto my lap like they used to as ducklings, but they still run up to me when I walk outside and follow me around. Once I pick them up, they settle down and will tolerate being held. They are excellent foragers and they are laying almost an egg/day. And most of all, they are funny as heck to watch!!

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