pairs for eggs to incubate or let duck raise them

ppimf

Songster
7 Years
Nov 15, 2012
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i got a pair of fawn runners
2 rouen ducks and 1 rouen drake
a pair of pekins
i want to either hatch there eggs but not sure if i sould let them mother -if they will ? or just incubate them and how big would there pens have to be if i was to lock the seperate breeds up to make sure they will not be a mix .and when sould i seperate them ? this will only be my 2 nd year with ducks so i'm learning as i go. thanks in advance for your help and ideas
 
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Amiga

Overrun with Runners
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Jan 3, 2010
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Pen size recommendation from Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks is 10 to 25 square feet per duck. The 10 feet is if they have a large open area like pasture during the day, 25 if they don't.

You may have good mothers, you may not. You won't know until you try. You could see if they will sit, and have an incubator ready to go if needed. I have one runner who goes seriously broody. A few others get a little broody. Most of them not at all.

I have not bred ducks yet, myself, so I hope some breeders will check in.

g'nite.
 

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