Newbie to ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cleofish, May 30, 2017.

  1. cleofish

    cleofish Hatching

    May 30, 2017
    Hi everyone im a newbie here from the UK. I just wanted to say hi and ask for some advice.

    Im thinking of either having chickens or ducks but after reading im more leaning towards ducks.

    We have a fairly large garden, with a lawn and lots of flower beds but im not too precious about them :)

    I do have neighbours either side of me though, walled boundaries and we have good relationships.

    I wanted to ask:

    -In your opinion are chickens or ducks easier as a 'first' back garden bird to get?

    -Ive read that chickens are more likely to tear up the garden and that you need to move their run around often?
    I was planning on having a static duck coop with an attached run with a kiddie pool inside to begin with, with the view of having a permanent pond with some sort of drainage later on. Would this be ok or would i need to move the set up every so often?
    When im out the back i would let the ducks have the run of the garden then as much as i can and put them to bed for the night at the end of the day.

    -are ducks loudier than chickens? ive been reading conflicting advice about it.
    Ive been looking at breeds of ducks and i think welsh harlequinns would probably be more suited to my situation.

    -Does anyone have any experience of welsh harlequinns, can they fly at all? When i looked at flightless birds i then found conflicting advice about that- i suppose its all to do with the indivual personality of the bird? :)

    Sorry for all the questions, thanks in advance!
  2. Get Ducks......
    Ducks are so much fun and make great pets...WH can not fly...Ducks are not as noisy as Chickens...They are like feathered puppies all their lives...If wanting Ducks do not get too many Drakes...One Drake to as many Hens you want..
  3. yoopergirl1211

    yoopergirl1211 Songster

    Dec 12, 2016
    Erie PA
    Hi and welcome! Ducks are my favorite! Although I will say my chickens are easier to take care of. They are less messy and you dont have to change their water 2 or 3 times a day lol. Although I might just be over obsessive about doing it. They aslo stay closer to their coop... normaly.. You can clip wings of ducks easily so it doesn't really matter if they are a breed that can fly. Its not permanent, doesn't hurt them, and you can easily do it yourself.
    Noise factor kinda depends on if you want males. Female ducks are much louder then the males. And roosters are much louder then the hens. There are Muscovy ducks (my personal favorite) that don't quack.
    I prefer duck eggs over chickens but both are great! And honestly it probably doesn't matter which ones you get because you'll definitely want more soon enough and will end up with a mixed flock!:p
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  4. dan26552

    dan26552 Free Ranging

    Oct 28, 2014
    Waiting for epicness.
    My Coop
    I personally prefer ducks. They're so much more hardier and resilient than chickens, I've never had a sick duck and last year I had about 5 chickens get sick. Ducks also lay better than chickens in my opinion where a chicken will lay about 5 or 6 eggs a week I've had ducks lay for nearly four months before taking a break. As to the coop question that sounds fine but if it's permanent you will have to clean it more often than if it were mobile. The water that ducks make in their swimming pools (after they've pooped in it a day or two.) makes incredible plant fertilizer. Now are ducks louder then chickens, well that depends on the duck and time of day. I have pekins (who are usually said to be the loudest) and they only really make lots of noise at feeding time, morning and evening they're usually fairly quite during the rest of the day.
  5. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Free Ranging

    Aug 31, 2016
    NJ USA
    My Coop

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