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Luckless Ducker

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Spifflove, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I decided to start some flocks for self-reliance. But I soon leared that I didn't quite get what I wanted. I got a flock but now I rely on feed purchases; so no luck in self sufficiency.

    Furthermore, in trying to narrow down my choices for Duck breeds I have come to the following list:
    Saxony
    Silver Applyeard
    Metzer white layer
    Muscovy
    Pekin

    So instead of one, simple breed, I walk into my backyard and tis "Quak Quak Quak!!!" =(

    Concerning chicknes:
    My first peck at chickens started with a dozen sex linked "farm chicks" that were supposed to be sexed but turned out to be sex-linked. The break down of their fate is as follows:
    6: Died before pullet size
    1: Drowned
    2: Discovered to be roosters after they started crowing. Made interesting first chicken meal.
    2: Killed by coyotes, including my valiant dominant roo.
    1: Left. I have yet to cull it out of pity.

    Total eggs produced from project of 6 months: One dozen.

    My current flock:
    10 Buff Orpington pullets, 3 roos
    5 Silver Spritzelbaughns
    An assortment of chicks: Brahma, Speckled Sussex, White rock, White Leghorns, and Golden Hamburgs.

    Am am very confused at this point.
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Spifflove, and [​IMG]! Happy you joined us but sorry to hear you've had some tough luck with your flocks. In terms of self-sufficiency, I'm not sure how many backyard chicken and duck raisers have self-sufficiency in mind as the end game. Don't get me wrong - it is nice to have my own flock for meat and eggs. Feed, as you mentioned, keeps it from being a totally self-sufficient proposition. Personally, I take satisfaction in the fact that, although I purchase feed for them, my chickens and ducks provide me with eggs and meat....that if times got really tough, I would still have them as foragers on their own with me eating them as needed. Don't give up on your idea being self-sufficient...perhaps just refine it to being more self-sufficient than you were before. Good luck to you.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG]. I personally would vote for muscovies.
     
  4. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! That, and I didn't want my son to think that chickens came "from the grocery store!"
     
  5. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I haven't excluded them yet. Mine are very cute with blue eyes and pink bills, still clean of caruncles. How they taste is key. Possibly just will keep a few for pest control and comic relief but not a dual-purpose duck. I suppose my "pink pekin" white layers and Muscovies would be a good combo. Nice banner.
     
  6. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome! Hopefully your way to self sufficiency will smooth out.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. Dasp

    Dasp Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello nice store! Welcome!
     
  9. Spifflove

    Spifflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I suppose I will have to learn gardening and aquaponics.

    I didn't even mention my Duck Odyssey:
    First I bought "Quackers" a Pekin from the feed store. She got eaten by a very beautiful fox.
    Then I ordered 12 "Easter" ducklings from a feed store and he charged med $120!!
    They turned out to be mixed strait run; I found out that means leftover males. Only two females in the batch; one is still alive; the other one you can guess what happened to her. Of the lot, I have 2 mallards (female, male); one Buff male, and one Blue Swedish I keep as pets. No egg.

    Then I got 12 Pekin females having two males I thought. But they were ducks too!! Heh.
     
  10. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from California!
     

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