Looking to "adopt" a few ducks! What breeds are best for first timers?! I am looking for friendly and rather quiet ducks over good egg-layers! Thanks!
Also, any ideas if Blue House Farms in NC is reputable?
Blue House Farms is here on BYC They have some really nice birds - I got WH eggs from them this year to bolster my flock and they were great. Speaking of Welsh Harlequins, they are a nice, calm breed that lays a lot of eggs and would be good to start with.
For really quiet ducks, you want muscovies. I've had them in the past and they seemed to be pretty friendly. They can fly though so you may need a covered pen or to clip their wings. I lost mine when they all flew out of their pen (which was covered but they found a way out) and got hit by a car, so that's something to consider if you go with them.
Welcome! And I'll start by suggesting Muscovy! They're so ugly they're cute. They are the quietest of all duck breeds, they're more closely related to swans than ducks, but we don't hold that against them. They lay great tasting eggs, they're as friendly as any domesticated bird. And last buy not least, they are 100% tops when it comes to pest control. Bugs, spiders, worms, frogs, small snakes, slugs; you name it, a 'Scovy will consume it. And did I mention quiet?? No quaking from a Muscovy. Good luck on your choice and eventual adoption!!