Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Christine Robins, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Christine Robins

    Christine Robins Hatching

    Nov 25, 2008
    Corvallis, OR
    We’ve never raised poultry before. Now we’re considering getting some adult ducks, primarily for slug control.

    We live in western Oregon. Our cool wet autumns produce a super-abundance of garden slugs. I’m sick of spending over an hour outside every night with a flashlight, slug-hunting. If I don’t, pretty soon we won’t have any plants with functional leaves left in the garden!

    Our neighbor across the street has a flock of 8 ducks (don’t know what breeds). He may be willing to part with 1 or 2 of the males. If keeping males works out for us, we may later get some adult females and start getting eggs. (We've been thinking about chickens for some time, but ducks are supposed to be better foragers, less destructive of gardens, and easier to care for.)

    Specific questions:

    1. What’s the minimum number of ducks recommended? Does it matter what their sexes are?

    2. If we take our neighbor’s birds, they’ll be able to see their former flock across the street. (We both have chain-link fences.) Will our new birds be tempted to try to re-join their flock? Will they be unhappy to be separated from their friends?

    3. The former owners of our property had chickens. They left us their chicken coop; it’s been sitting unused for 1½ years. How thoroughly do we need to clean it before using it for ducks? Rinsing with a hose? Soap? Bleach? Do we need to be concerned about the ducks catching chicken diseases? (We have no way of contacting the former owners, so we can’t ask them any questions.)

    Any other advice for first-time owners?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2008
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
  3. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

    Aug 4, 2008
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Agreed with everything stated above! Ducks are quite entertaining and fun... and are easy to care for. (Chickens can be too!) Eggs are a nice perk to it all.... they eat the menacing bugs and stuff and leave you yummy gifts in return. You should probably start off with a drake and duck rather then 2 drakes. Depending on the breed the males can get nasty with each other sometimes.

    Oh, and WELCOME! [​IMG]

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