Ordered Ducks, received warming chicks??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Faustina14, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. Faustina14

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    My parents ordered two female Pekin ducks from Metzer Farm in CA and had them sent to me to raise them. I picked them up from the post office this morning and 5 tiny chicks were included in the box. I believe they were sent as warming chicks, but I need help identifying the breeds.
     

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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    They'll be cockerels, typically of a heavy breed. Like RIR, Barred Rocks, Sexlinks, etc.
     
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  3. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    You could call the hatchery and find out. Meyer did that with my order a year ago and all I did was ask.
     
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    Thanks. I am not allowed roosters in my neighborhood and my parents didn’t realize warming chicks are often sent.
     
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  5. Faustina14

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    Yes, I’ve called already and am waiting for a reply. Thank you!
     
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  6. Gray Farms

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    Your almost guaranteed to get cockerels.
     
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  8. Faustina14

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    Being very new to this, I am going to ask a stupid question...Are they laying chickens or broilers that get sent? If they are laying breeds, can the roosters still be eaten? I’m not planning to eat them, but I’d like to rehome them somewhere if I can.
     
  9. Frazzemrat1

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    Any chicken can be eaten. Just saying.
    That said, the birds that @Ol Grey Mare mentioned are good layers if female.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life

    Yes roosters can be eaten. Taste like chicken too. ;)
     
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