Keeping pekin as pets and pest control for the garden?

LeslieMiikal

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I was hoping to get a couple of pekin ducks this year but will wait until next year as we're in deep with renos and such. However, for the future, are these guys good for sending into the veggie garden for controlling slugs and other bugs? If not it's no big deal, I'd love to have some ducks as pets :). Also, when building a duck house, what is needed for a northern climate? I know chickens are generally winter hardy in a nice coop, but what about ducks? Do they need more then an insulated house? Thanks for responses :)
 

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Ducks like young sprouts so don't let them in the garden till the plants are bigger, after that they'll eat your bugs. I have some Pekins and I really don't like them. They're really loud, and big. I'm planning on getting a smaller quieter breed, so keep that kind of thing in mind.

Ducks do better in winter than chickens. Mine don't even use their shelter, they really just need a wind barrier, of course having a coop is still good.
 

LeslieMiikal

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Thanks! I always thoughtpekin but I think that's because they're the only ducks I've ever seen as pets here lol. Though my friends did raise pekin for meat. I don't really mind vocal ducks as when we moved here the place came with guineas and those are sooooo vocal lol. Are there any good ducks for eggs? I had a duck egg once and it was delicious, probably pekin I'm guessing because it was at the friends house who has had ducks in the past.
 

LeslieMiikal

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Thank you for the information. I really appreciate it! How far away should I be keeping my ducks from my chickens? And how many ducks should you keep, 2 minimum? I don't want the ducks to be alone but also don't want to be flooded with them either lol
 

LeslieMiikal

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pekin are for pets, meat and eggs....but not the best pets and not the "best" for eggs....meat I'm sure! :lol:
Would the call ducks still lay eggs seasonally? Just curious really, if they're best as pets then I'd probably get them because I don't want my kids to be scared of hissing fowl lol. My great aunt had an enormous white goose and it was vicious haha.
 

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i would have 3 females to one male but you don't need a male to make them lay eggs.....
as long as if you have a male, that he have a few females i.e. 4 to one male....they will be fine with chickens as long as the male has females!
calls are VERY bad layers...;)
 

Hybridchucks

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cud you possibly get a gosling? as young as a day old? they are THE best guard pets and are better than a dog if handled well.....i understand if that isn't a possibility....
 

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