Quiet Duck Breeds?

KikiDeAnime

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Dec 29, 2017
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What are some friendly, quiet duck breeds?

My older brother has been talking a lot about wanting ducks but because of the noise law in our town, we cannot have loud ducks. I really want to get my brother a couple of ducks, possibly for his 26th birthday next year.

Our local feed store always sell ducklings along with baby chickens so I should be able to get some.

I've also been doing a lot of research on taking care of ducks.
 

Skye'sDucks

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May 13, 2018
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I think there are other breeds that are quiet, but I don't know much about them. I have Muscovies: half the reason why is because they won't be loud and bother the neighbors, even though ducks are allowed where I live.

Muscovy hens (girls) have a trill/chirp, and they also have a louder honk, but mostly are quiet. Males have a huff/rasp and are even quieter.

My muscovies are also quite tame, and I have one that is very sweet. However, he was separated by himself for a while, so we kind of formed a bond as I was his only 'friend'.
 

SkyeT

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Don't get him female Pekins. My gosh, sound the gong and raise the sirens. My females were the loudest creatures in the vicinity. I could not believe a duck could be that loud. We loved them, they were sweet, funny and wacky, but not in a yard with neighbors on the other side of the fence.

Our Muscovy ducks are awesome! Personable, loving, attentive, will allow you to pet them, takes food from your hands, and are nice to each other. No chasing around like the male Pekin and male Runner we have. No... My Muscovy male is to good for that. LOL.

Definitely Muscovies if you need near silence. Our female Rouen grunts, squeals, whines , and any other noise that falls in there, but doesn't exactly quack. She's not to bad, to be honest. I've seen videos of Runner females semi-quiet to all out Pekin madness.

Overall, though, Muscovy is the way to go for quiet. And they are great foragers, do not drill holes in your yard, and don't need quiet as much water as the others do. Don't get me wrong, they love them a good bath, but they don't live in the water.
 

Timothy Menezes

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My Welsh Harlequin's were very quiet and relaxed. Honestly I expected them to be louder and more active. My sister's runners were just as quiet but much more active. Metzers has a few charts listing the typical breeds varius attributes that might be helpful for you. It doesn't list quietness per say, but lists their personalities from calm to nervous if that helps.
 

Julielynn810

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My Welsh Harlequin's were very quiet and relaxed. Honestly I expected them to be louder and more active. My sister's runners were just as quiet but much more active. Metzers has a few charts listing the typical breeds varius attributes that might be helpful for you. It doesn't list quietness per say, but lists their personalities from calm to nervous if that helps.

3 of my WH are chill and quiet. I have 1 that just discovered her loud quack and she'll belt it out a few times per day it scares the dog, lol
 

Michael P

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I have Welsh Harlequins, in my experience the females go through a noisy phase in late adolescence just before they start laying. After the first eggs, they quiet down again. The males are very quiet.
 

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