Ordering ducklings from two different hatcheries

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WannaBeHillBilly, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Don't do it, just go with 10 ducklings from one hatchery

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  2. Order 10 ducklings from the hatchery that ships on 1/28 and 5 from the other hatchery, shipping 1/31

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  3. Order 5 ducklings from the hatchery that ships on 1/28 and 10 from the other hatchery, shipping 1/31

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  4. You don't deserve to have new ducklings, don't order any!

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  1. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Hi friends,
    it is time for me to order the spring 2019 ducklings. We are planning on 15 new cuties, 5 Buff-Orpington, 5 Magpie and 5 White-Layer ducks. The problem is, that one hatchery sells Buff-Orpington and Magpies but no White-Layers. Another hatchery sells Buff-Orpington and White Layers, but no Magpies. To make matters worse, one hatchery ships on January the 28th, the other one on the 30th.
    Are there reasons not to buy ducklings from different hatcheries? - I can only set up one brooder!
    If it is OK to order from different hatcheries, what would you do?
     
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  2. Silkies for life

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    I would say go with 10 from the 1st shipment and 5 from the second, that way you have the 10 and can easily add the 5 more.
     
  3. MissChick@dee

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    What would I do?
    Does your wife know? :lau
    *wag’s the no-no finger*
     
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    I thought the other way around: 5 ducklings first and then add 10 slightly smaller ones after two days. My concern is that the 10 larger ducklings will trample the 5 smaller ones.
    :idunno
     
  5. WannaBeHillBilly

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    SURPRISE! - My wifie came up with »i want five white ducks!« (And i don't like pekins!)
    She said let's deal with this once and not in three batches - as i had planned…
    To be honest, having 15 bouncing fluff-balls at once sounds scary to me. The amount of poop… :sick
     
  6. littleprairieheartsfarm

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    Or you can get them from one hatchery. Metzer Farms has a lot to choose from. I think they have all of the breeds you talked about.

    https://www.metzerfarms.com
     
  7. MissChick@dee

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    Awh...just kick it in a pile...with your good leg!
    *doin better?*
     
  8. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Meter is the second hatchery, unfortunately they don't sell Magpie ducks.
     
  9. littleprairieheartsfarm

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    Ah! I didn’t see they didn’t have Magpies. That’s unusual.
     
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  10. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Free Ranging

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    Magpies are really hard to get, only Ideal Poultry and Strombergs have them. And Strombergs doesn't deliver to WV. :confused:
     
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