To heck w/ chickens...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KsTornado11, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. KsTornado11

    KsTornado11 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I am thinking of investing more in ducks this spring! Reasons being,my ducks are outlaying my pullets like crazy! I love the larger eggs,ducks are much more cold hardy,ducklings grow much faster than chicks,and I have NEVER lost a duck due to sickness like I have chickens! I have 3 full cartons of duck eggs in the fridge ( I have 4 ducks & 2 drakes,and 5 pullets - 2 EEs,2 Buff Orps,1 Speckled Sussex, 3 banties) and only half a carton of chicken eggs.
    Oh, my ducks are a pair of Rouens,3 Ancona ducks & 1 crested Cayuga drake.
  2. Cottage Rose

    Cottage Rose Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Mid west Michigan
    You would probably love Khaki Campbells.
    Thye lay 300 + eggs a year.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Ducks Rule
    Chickens Drool.
  4. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Duckies!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
  5. KsTornado11

    KsTornado11 Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    LMAO Terrie [​IMG]
    Hey....where is the Ducky smilie,anyways???
  6. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I love my blue swedish. You can get every color under the sun from white to black by mixing them and they lay huge eggs on a consistent everyday. They are also pretty quiet, docile, and just nice to have around. I had ducks before I had chickens and I've always liked them a little better.
  7. p1nkp1nkp1ggy

    p1nkp1nkp1ggy In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    Eastern Pennsylvania
  8. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Yup, I found this out the hard way as well. This spring we're seriously downsizing our chicken flock and getting more ducks. When it's cold outside my chickens stop laying eggs and won't leave the coop. Meanwhile my ducks are outside sleeping on the snowbanks.

    It's tough to beat a Khaki Campbell in terms of egg laying. Welsh Harlequins come close, and Runners are also good egg layers.
  9. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Quote:I am absolutely dying here, Smartie_Pants. I have 20 Blue Swedish ordered from Ideal, they shipped yesterday. I am so nervous about the cold and shipping, and I am so obsessed with getting them HERE so I can play with baby duckies!!!

    The reason I chose the Blues is because of the variety of hatchlings - I can't wait to see what I get.

    Do you eat the eggs? I hear they taste stronger than chicken eggs.

    Sorry if I hijacked the thread here, I am just obsessing and waiting on my blues and I am reading everything I can to keep me from calling the post office (again [​IMG] )

    What do you (anyone) do while waiting for duckies (or chickies) to come in the mail???? I've never done the mail order ducks or chicks before.

    I have 5 Call Ducks (haven't had them for very long) and I am already in love with ducks. I am ordering a trio of Toulouse goslings for March delivery too. (am ordering from Metzers).

  10. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I have runner ducks. They lay very nicely and are comical to boot.

    I have a couple egg customers that will only buy duck eggs because they prefer the taste. I don't really notice a taste difference but my taste buds aren't that refined.


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