Thinking about ducks...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bayouchica, May 15, 2007.

  1. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi yall, I've been thinking about getting some more ducks.It's been over three years since I had any.I've always got either Pekins or Mallards... want to get a different breed (s) [​IMG]
    Hopefully can talk hubby into it. [​IMG]
    What breed is friendly,good hatchery to get some, got to get along with chickens...
    I live on a bayou & they will have the freedom to come & go when they are older, but would love to train them to come home at night.
    Any advice???
    Thanks, Miriam
  2. Oaknim

    Oaknim In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2007
    Sylvia, KS
    I have Pekins and they're all pretty friendly - though I raised them from babies - which definitely helps [​IMG] They like to follow me around the yard and "talk" to me. I got mine from our local feedstore, which gets their birds from a hatchery in New Mexico.

    I'm interested in getting some campbells or runner ducks, just because I've never seen them in real life before and I find their colors interesting.

    All of my animals have learned to go inside their respective places in the barn at night, so I'm sure you could get your duckies to come home when it gets dark. Just teach them early on that this is where their food, water, and beds are and they should return...hopefully... [​IMG] I guess I really don't have any "good" advice for you! ~ Oaknim
  3. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    NW Louisiana-Vivian
    We ordered Muscovies online because I have read they survive well in the woods. Muscovies are supposed to be "tree ducks" as opposed to 'water ducks' and therefore will hang around the farm and not just around water. Ours are scheduled to arrive around the third week of June.
  4. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    We have had Cayugas, Crested, Pekin and Silver Appleyard. They are all great. They all get along well, and a tons of fun!
  5. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi Royal Hills, who did you order them from??
    Thanks everyone for your replies.
  6. edbama2

    edbama2 Songster

    Feb 6, 2007
    Slocomb, Alabama
    There is a post that someone put up that Ideal is running a duck special right now for 1.75 a piece. I don't know how long it will run for. Uh oh sorry if I am helping you get in trouble with your other half. [​IMG]
  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    edbama2, yeah, I haven't mentioned getting ducks to him yet. [​IMG]
    He's working on another coop for all these new chickens... well if we can't this year, maybe next spring for sure. We're wanting to build a pier & I'd like it to be duck friendly, with ramps and nest boxes etc....
  8. Cheri

    Cheri Songster

    May 6, 2007
    Dayton, TX
    I have a huge pond in my yard (well for the size of my yard it is huge [​IMG]) and my ducks generally stay in the yard. I have 2 pekin one mallard and one speckled belly. I need to buy me some females!!!
  9. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Songster

    May 6, 2007
    I have heard that you have to be careful about putting the babies on the water. I was told that snapping turtles will eat their little feet. True?
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Absolutely. Snapping turtles can be deadly to ducks and geese. They will eat babies and mangle the feet and legs of adults. Many of the rescuers and rehabbers in our Duck Rescue organization deal with this on an ongoing basis. It iaheartbreaking and the pics are awful.

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