Luckless Ducker

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

  1. Spifflove

    Spifflove Songster

    Nov 13, 2012
    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:
    Silver Applyeard
    Metzer white layer

    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 Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    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 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    [​IMG]. I personally would vote for muscovies.
  4. Spifflove

    Spifflove Songster

    Nov 13, 2012
    Thank you! That, and I didn't want my son to think that chickens came "from the grocery store!"
  5. Spifflove

    Spifflove Songster

    Nov 13, 2012
    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 Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    Welcome! Hopefully your way to self sufficiency will smooth out.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. Dasp

    Dasp In the Brooder

    Nov 10, 2012
    Simi valley
    Hello nice store! Welcome!
  9. Spifflove

    Spifflove Songster

    Nov 13, 2012
    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 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    [​IMG] from California!

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