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Question on Call Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wild Chicken, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Wild Chicken

    Wild Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the chance to purchase chocolate call ducks that are 3 years old. I know nothing about ducks and this will be my first experience. Are ducks like chickens....meaning, if I want fertile eggs, are ducks still "viable"...good breeders at 3?

    I appreciate the advice as always [​IMG]
     
  2. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    They should still lay fertile eggs at three years. I would definetly get them, they will probably start slowing down in a couple years though [​IMG]
     
  3. Wild Chicken

    Wild Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is $60 for a male and 3 females reasonable? She also has pastels, greys, and snowys also that she is selling for $35/pair......reasonable? She says that the chocolates are very good breeders!! And I just want to make sure that I have one good year out of them so I can hatch ducklings from them this year......

    Thanks so much for the quick response!!
     
  4. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    They should be alright, did she say why she was getting rid of them? And yes that's a good price if they are good quality. I would probably buy some other pairs too.
     
  5. Wild Chicken

    Wild Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just starting corresponding with her, and that was my first question for her!! I haven't heard back yet. I am really having a hard time deciding amongst the other colors!! They are all so beautiful. She also has a blue bibbed pair...[​IMG] Such decisions.

    I am just now checking out your website.....nice [​IMG]

    Besides this site, can you recommend any other sources for info on ducks? This is our first time with ducks and I am soooo excited [​IMG] to be getting a few pairs. Is there anything else I should be looking for or asking, aside from the obvious health of the birds, etc.

    I can hardly wait, but I don't want to be hasty [​IMG]

    Thanks!!
     
  6. 1lpoock

    1lpoock Spruce Creek Waterfowl

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sandusky, Ohio
    I'll find some other sites for you tomorrow as well as other info you should know. Thanks for the compliments about my site!
     
  7. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    They should breed well past 6 years... also you should take into consideration what varieties are exepted in the standards... and what will have the better type
    heres your top typiest colors in order

    Gray
    White
    Pastel
    Butterscotch
    Blue Fawn
    Snowy

    These are your somewhat least typiest but you will find some of very few really good bloodlines that are typie
    Blues
    Chocolate
    Black
    Silver
    Khaki
    Buff
    And other rare varieties!
     

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