Looking for a breeder/hatchery for less common breeds

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kaugomu, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Kaugomu

    Kaugomu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking to add ducks to our backyard poultry for the first time this spring, but I'm having a really hard time tracking down a hatchery or breeder. Where is a good place to order from? I'm looking for small order (5 or less, preferably 3) and rare breeds (in particular Ancona, Appleyard, Call, Magpie, and or Saxony). The only place I've found with these breeds is efowl.com, which after reading reviews here is a no go. Thanks!
     
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Calls are very small ducks and are not shipped as ducklings. They dont travel well until they are 3 months old or older. They also really shouldnt be kept with LF ducks because of the size difference a large drake can injure or kill a small call duck.

    We have Ancona and Silver Appleyards both, Coyote Nights has Ancona and Silkie Ducks (think silkie chicken like but call duck body)

    I would avoid efowl, as you have already read, they order from other sources to fill many of their orders.
     
  3. Kaugomu

    Kaugomu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info, I knew calls were smaller, I guess I didn't realize how small.

    When do you expect you first hatch for orders this spring?
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    We are hatching about weekly now, whats hatching depends on orders really for us. This weekend is geese, SA, Khaki and chickens. I know Coyote Nights is currently hatching her Ancona.
     
  5. Kaugomu

    Kaugomu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you ship small quantities, or mixed shipments of both chickens and ducks?
     
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    yes, and yes [​IMG]
     
  7. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might check with Metzer Farms....they are in located in Bay area California. They shipped my Indian Runners as day-olds and the ducklings were super healthy and happy. They were very nice and they specialize in water fowl. They will ship in quantiites of 2 or more, I don't remember all of what breeds they have but I know it is pretty extensive and their website is a wealth of information about breeds and waterfowl care. Even if you don't order from them, the website is worth checking out [​IMG] Good luck with your ducks! My Runner girls live in the same pen as my chicken hens and while there was a little controversy at first they live great together now. Will you be getting ducks and drakes? Or just ducks?
     
  8. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Stromberg has those breeds plus Aylesbury. Sadly Metzer does not.
     
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  9. ChristineR

    ChristineR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Boondockers ships Ancona and Saxony ducklings and they are in Oregon, so a little closer to you. They received Holderread's flock of Anconas.

    http://boondockers.sharepoint.com/Pages/Poultry.aspx
     
  10. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard good things about Holderread's....are they still in business?
     

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