Mixing ducks =good or bad?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mlheran, May 12, 2007.

  1. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have some Magpie ducklings but am thinking of getting one or two more to keep them company. I could get two more magpies, but they'd be at least three weeks younger than my pair -would that be too tough on them? And if I can't get Magpies I was thinking of Pekins -would they be okay together? And as far as breeding goes, is Pekin x Magpie a good or bad thing? I realize it would eliminate the pure bloodlines, but are there any other concerns (assuming they set and hatch, of course).

    I'm sorry for all the questions! I just had my heart set on a Magpie trio but just lost my male, and my remaining girls just seem so lonely. Am I anthropomorphosizing too much? [​IMG]
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I just added two new ducklings to my group of ducklings with their "mom" goose. The new ducklings are at least 3 weeks older than the rest of the ducklings but they are all fine together. The goose tried to chase them off a couple times, but the instinct to flock together was too strong and she finally gave up.
    I would keep newly hatched ducks separate at least until they are steady on their legs and then start to introduce them.

    chel
     
  3. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks eggchel -good to know that they will eventually all come together. I haven't completely decided yet if I want to get some more. It seems like I won't be able to get Magpies, but I could get some Pekins of roughly the same age. My two girls seem to be pretty happy together, so I may just leave them as-is -we'll see how it goes once they're out of the brooder. [​IMG]
     
  4. Cheri

    Cheri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you get an equal number of sexes tho. I have 4 males and no females. Lah the things I done seen! LOL.

    PS I have two Pekins, One mallard, one speckled belly.
     
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  5. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    I have had mixed flocks all along, and they all do just fine! e have Cayugas, Pekins and Silver Appleyards.
     
  6. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I had originally intended to have a trio of Magpies (1 male + 2 females) since I wanted them for fun, eggs, and ducklings third. Do they pair off when they're evenly sexed? It seems like a lot of the ducks I've read about are almost like roosters -servicing whoever's in reach. Is that not the case?

    Quote:I'm glad to hear they get along. Do they interbreed, and if so are the offspring healthy? LOL, and are they a cute blend of the breeds? [​IMG]
     
  7. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know Pekins and Muscovies can interbreed! Flapper the duck and his lady friend Georgie had three ducklings a few years ago. If you don't know who Flapper is you have to check out his blog: http://www.mrflapper.com/index.html

    It's
    adorable! [​IMG]
     
  8. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Quote:I had originally intended to have a trio of Magpies (1 male + 2 females) since I wanted them for fun, eggs, and ducklings third. Do they pair off when they're evenly sexed? It seems like a lot of the ducks I've read about are almost like roosters -servicing whoever's in reach. Is that not the case?

    Quote:I'm glad to hear they get along. Do they interbreed, and if so are the offspring healthy? LOL, and are they a cute blend of the breeds? [​IMG]

    They do interbreed, but I havent hatched any Ducklings, so I dont know about that.
    I had one drake and 5 girls, and he "took care of" all of them. [​IMG]
     
  9. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I found Flapper a few weeks ago and spent a whole day going through his diary! [​IMG] I check in on the cam nearly every day too, they are adorable!

    And thanks, Critter Crazy -good to know! [​IMG]
     
  10. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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