New to BYC and I've got Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by QuackerJen, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. QuackerJen

    QuackerJen New Egg

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    I live in Santa Rosa, CA and am new to this forum! I started on the chicken section but low, there is a duck section too! This is my second time having ducks, and this time I have: 1 Cayuga, 1 Welsh Harlequin, 2 Buffs and a Golden 300 Hybrid Layer. They are all 2.5 weeks old now! I forgot how fast they grow! The first round of ducks I had were Black Runners and Khaki Campbells. We bought them unsexed from the feed store and ended up with all drakes! What luck is that? These new girls we ordered directly from Metzer Farms and that was very easy. We ahem,... ate the drakes. They were fighting so bad with one another, no one wanted males and we didn't want to see them waste away at the feed store waiting for someone to buy them after being raised free range and fancy free. I'm hoping to not have to worry about doing that again.
     
  2. LightningTFarm

    LightningTFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC!! [​IMG]


    I also have ducks. I got mine from Holderread's about 14 weeks ago. I ordered 15, all Welsh Harlequins. Seventeen came, one extra WH and a Cayuga. I lost two as babies and then lost several to chicken snakes (three out of four snake visitors died for their efforts!) I only have ten left. I haven't eaten anybody yet, but with only four ducks several are about to head off to freezer camp. The Cayuga is a drake, too, but my mother loves him and doesn't want us to eat him. I am getting a couple of Grey Dewlap Toulouse ganders later in October, so I think I'll put the Cayuga in with them for now. I just love to watch my ducks - they are so funny!!

    I'm thinking of getting some Silver Appleyards to raise as meat ducks, too. I've gone completely around the bend for ducks!!
     
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] now where are the pics of these cuties? [​IMG]
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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  5. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi and [​IMG] So glad you joined us!!![​IMG]
     
  6. crissycriss

    crissycriss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there and welcome! This is my favorite place to be! congrats on your new ducks.
     

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