New duck owner. some questions :)

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DucksN'Horses, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. DucksN'Horses

    DucksN'Horses Out Of The Brooder

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    Oct 4, 2011
    alright, so i have decided to buy 2 call ducks, a black & white female and a pastel male. I plan on showing the male (in 4-H) and just keeping the female as a pet. and I also plan on breeding them (yes, i know, the chicks wont be "purebred" but i am only keeping some as pets and the others are going to close friends to keep as pets, no showing) but i have some questions I haven't been able to find answers to yet.

    1) will a 4x8 pen be big enough for 2 ducks? here are some pictures
    (the top 2 pictures is the one we are building) http://www.faithvalleywaterfowl.com/housing.html

    2)
    if they are 5 months now, will they be fertil in the spring?

    3) when she lays the eggs, what do i do? i have an incubator, and I know what to do when the eggs are in it, but do i take the eggs right away after she lays them and put them in the incubator, or wait a few days? how do i know if their is a chick inside or not?

    4) will she only have one bunch of chicks in a year? i dont want a duckie overload!

    5) how to i train them to stay at my house? i want to be able to let them out in my yard for a few hours everyday in the summer (while i'm out there) but i dont want them going into the road or running/flying away!

    6) any cute name suggestions? [​IMG]
     
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    I really don't know a lot about call ducks, I do know that they will be mating by next spring, u can candle the eggs to see if they are forming, and I would let the hen hatch them out if she will.
     

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