Quiet/calm breed of duck?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hockeygirl56, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. hockeygirl56

    hockeygirl56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am researching the different breeds before becoming a first time duck owner, and I'm focusing on getting a breed that is calm and friendly, and also on the quieter side. Those of you with duck experience, what breed(s) would you recommend?
     
  2. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been looking at getting some Welsh Harlequin, nice dual purpose bird too. I have heard Muscovies are wonderful too. So many to choose from. We just got Pekin ducks and they are definitely not quiet.
     
  3. RoboDuck

    RoboDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Read up on Cayugas. May be just what you're looking for.
     
  4. toowoombapekins

    toowoombapekins Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah Pekins are definitely friendly but not calm or quiet (in particular females!)
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    My buffs are mellow, mellow, mellow.
     
  6. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pekins are LOUD, but calm. My Saxony cross is a pretty mellow girl. And my Ancona was a really nice duck, not overly noisy and pretty mellow. My BLue Swedish were wonderful, calm and not crazy noisy. The Muscovies are about the most calm though that I have ever had. I did not raise any of them from ducklings, we adopted all of them as adults, or almost adults, but they are so easy going. I was a slow convert to their looks, but now think they are lovely ducks. And so so so cute when they wag and raise the crest on their heads in response to my attention.
     
  7. hockeygirl56

    hockeygirl56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another thing I guess I should be looking for is a duck that is somewhat good with not free ranging all the time. I'll be letting them free range our property when I'm home and can watch, but otherwise they'll be in their shelter/run.
     
  8. laughingdog

    laughingdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My muscovy are like dogs they are so calm and friendly. they fence free free range and can fly, but usually come to me immediately when i call them. they get in pen on command and usually don't get real upset about. they don't quack at all but sounds range of soft sounds unless females agitated and then even they just squeak.
     
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  9. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I keep the flock close - we live in suburbia, on about an acre, with dogs, and all kinds of predators around. They have about 200 square feet of Day Pen for when I am not around and the temperatures are above freezing. We go for walks together, they play in the garden when I am with them, and their night shelter is about 100 square feet. Thirteen ducks, nine runners and four buffs.
     
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Well Muscovy quack but nothing like the mallard derived do, my buffs are LOUD and chatty as all get out. The thing is though scovies do fly and frankly, are excellent forages and do better IME with being able to do so, all mine free range, i think if you at least allowed several foraging opportunities a day you'd be okay.
     

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