Please help me choose a breed- Vote for either Khaki or Appleyard plz!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eggsrcool, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Come spring, I hope to be able to get some ducks. However, I am not sure what breed to get.

    My requirements.

    1) Lays plenty of eggs!

    2) Is friendly.

    3) Has a lot of character

    4) Will go broody and raise some ducklings about once a year.

    5) Easy to get- i.e not rare.

    Any thoughts or ideas will be greatly appreciated! [​IMG]

    Edited because my typing is terrible!
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my East Indies girl, she just started laying this month, but, boy! has she been steady! Funny looking greyish green eggs, beautiful beetle green black feathers, not too big, not too small and fairly quiet (compard to my runner - sheesh - shut up already, Sheldon!!). I got her at TSC, wish I had gotten more.
     
  4. call ducks

    call ducks silver appleyard addict

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    Sliver appleyards not to hard to get you can order them online
     
  5. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Buffs! PLENTY of personality! and mine all lay big green eggs.

    But My MAIN offer would be Scovies. Dont judge a duck by his facial features!! Scoives fit perfectly with everything you're asking, and some dont have that much carnucles. They come in all idfferent pretty colors, and wag their tails like cute little puppies [​IMG]
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If you want eggs year round, I would stick to khaki campbells, runners, and welsh harlequins. They all lay 300+ eggs per year. Of those three, the welsh harlequins are the breed that tend to go broody. Runners and khakis CAN, but generally don't as a rule.

    Buffs will go broody but do take some time off from egg laying in the winter. They lay around 200+ eggs per year. They do have A LOT of personality. They are little busy-bodies [​IMG]
     
  7. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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    The best layers are of course Campbells and Runners. However they are very difficult to tame in my experience. Muscovies would make a excellent choice. So many people think them ugly. They are wonderful. They are quite easy to tame. They are amazing mothers. They are not as good layers as the Runners and Campbells, but they are pretty good. The Runners and Campbells are not very good mothers either. I had 2 Runner hens set on about 40 to 50 eggs. They hatched 10 ducklings.
    So, the best choice would be Muscovies!
     
  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Thanks everyone!

    I've heard Khaki Campbells, aren't very good broodies- is this true?

    So my list:

    Calls
    East Indies
    Silver Appleyards (thinking about them)
    Buffs
    Muscovies (Scovys, hmm, I was wondering about their facial features [​IMG] )
    Welsh Harlequins
    Khaki Campbells (my original thought, but I want broodies- just need to know about broodiness)

    Just need help narrowing it down
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    Thanks once again [​IMG]

    Edited to remove Runners of the list [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2009
  9. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Take runners off the list if you want broody. [​IMG] They can go broody like any duck, but are known for quite the opposite.
     
  10. chickenlover54

    chickenlover54 Henely Hatchery

    May 20, 2009
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    personally I love muscovys and think they are so unique! they are all of the traits you want.
     

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