purchasing ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChristinaKwit, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. ChristinaKwit

    ChristinaKwit Hatching

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    Hello! Is there anywhere I can purchase duck eggs that will hatch the day I get them without me doing the incubation? I am specifically interested in East Indies and Runners. I would also be happy with day old chicks of both breeds but having trouble finding them online. I am in the central Florida area if anybody knows someone local who has them... Also what are your thoughts on having these breeds together? I also have call ducks. Thanks for your help I'm (obviously) new at this.
     
  2. JustDucky0318

    JustDucky0318 In the Brooder

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    Eggs being incubated shouldn't be removed from an incubator especially during hatching time, so they may be difficult to find. Day old ducklings will be much easier.
     
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  3. ChristinaKwit

    ChristinaKwit Hatching

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    Ok. That's what I thought. I just ordered 3 East Indies that will be delivered on Wed. Can't wait to meet my new ducklings!
     
  4. cher1fan

    cher1fan In the Brooder

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    Did you order them from a hatchery that will ship them to you? If so which one? I am interested in getting 2 Cayuga ducks and I don't know which hatchery to trust.

    ALso, if anyone close to Morgantown WV has 2 Cayuga ducks that are hens I am interested in getting 2 that are around 3 or 4 month old.

    I love BYC and this duck forum, without all of you I would not have known what to do with my 4 wonderful ducks.

    I also have a Male Pekin who is beautiful and you can hold him and pet him and when he wants down his just taps you with his beak. I have to give him away to a really good home because I have to many drakes. So If anyone is interested please let me know.

    Thanks Everyone!!!
     
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  5. pinkj009

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    I'm gonna butt in and ask some duck questions.
    I currently have 2 female pekins. I'm looking to get a male and maybe a few other ducks as well. A little variety.
    Is there anything I need to be aware of? Breeds to stay away from?
    Also, I am looking at possibly getting a rouen. I raised Call Ducks growing up, and i just want to be sure that the Rouens are flightless. (Sorry, that's probably a dumb question).
    I am not looking to breed them. So any concerns related there aren't of concern. If they happen to breed... I don't know what I would do anyhow. I just want a male to round things out.
     
  6. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

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    If you get a male, they WILL breed! :p Rouen and Pekins are totally able to procreate. I mean, I guess you don't need to allow them to sit on any fertilized eggs, but I know I wouldn't be able to resist the fluffy butts. <3
     
  7. pinkj009

    pinkj009 In the Brooder

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    But they will get along, not fight or anything?!

    Also, i've read that pekins don't nest well. Again, not my main goal. But if i am being honest with myself, that time will come, eventually... haha
     
  8. Amykins

    Amykins Crowing

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    Ehh...the male will get pretty violent with the girls during mating season. I've seen females dead from over-mating, and often see girls waddling around filthy and bald-necked from the abuse! If you don't want to breed them, then keeping your flock an all-girls club seems like the better option. But that's just my opinion. I guess you could separate them in different pens during nesting season, but that's your call.

    As for being bad nesters, I honestly have no idea. Any veteran pekin owners can answer that?
     
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  9. ChristinaKwit

    ChristinaKwit Hatching

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    I was also unsure of which hatchery to trust. Plus none of the main ones I could find online had baby East Indies. I ended up finding someone online who doesn't even have a website. I paid through pay pal and they are shipping them.
     
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

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    If you going to add a male i would highly suggest more females.. drakes are pretty intense and will totally change the dynamics of the flock. Rouens are flightless so are Pekin. I personally if you have no desire to breed would skip the drake, while i do like my drakes i do breed on occasion though, if i strictly wanted only pets i would stay with females.. drakes fight with each other and can be pesty to the girls at times.
     
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