Total Newbie, I know I will seem stupid/ but some questions

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by billharrison, May 23, 2018.

  1. billharrison

    billharrison In the Brooder

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    Hi all, newbie here. I live in the city with a smallish (.15 Acre) yard. My son and I wanted to get some chickens but then I stumbled on this forum and found ducks. Found they were hardier, the eggs a little bigger and better, and not that I really plan on it but seems if we wanted to sell some they would be more valuable. We also would love to raise some meat birds. So far I am set on Muskovys and they seem like a good choice. Leaner, seems like decentish egg production. But would also like year round egg availability. They seem to lack there.

    So any other suggestions for a good egg layer that does year round with good meat? Second choice looks like Pekins to me. We live in Ohio so the winters can be very cold at times. I am thinking 4-5 birds 1 male 4 females taking eggs and raising the rest to be eaten.

    Any good rotation there? How often do I need to order in new birds to avoid genetic issues?

    I basically want a self sustaining system that produces enough eggs and meat year round.

    Also any suggestions on a coop thats small but enough for the birds and works well in a city setup? I would like something with plans we could build or could buy locally (tractor supply etc)
     
  2. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    this question is not stupid! so happy to have you here! have you looked into Khaki campbells?
     
  3. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens, what is your location please will help do you know if your city allows backyard birds ?
     
  4. billharrison

    billharrison In the Brooder

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    Akron, OH. Not sure if it does but hey, we will anyways. They dont allow bees either but our hives are doing well.
     
  5. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    :woot:welcome:woot
     
  6. ButtonquailGirl14

    ButtonquailGirl14 Free Ranging

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    LOL!!! :welcome:goodpost:
     
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  7. featherhead007

    featherhead007 Crowing

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    :welcome Only stupid question is the one that never get's asked.... fortune cookie 101! :D
     
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  8. casualty

    casualty In the Brooder

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    Personally, .15 acres isn't enough to consider getting birds. Even if you turn the entire yard into a run(not sure if ducks use runs), it's not going to be pleasant for your neighbors.
     
  9. billharrison

    billharrison In the Brooder

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    Hmm they didnt seem to take up a whole lot of space and its one bird per .05 acres per the state. But you dont feel thats big enough? Any specific reasons?
     
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  10. featherhead007

    featherhead007 Crowing

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    Chickens are addictive! it's called "chicken math" 1+1 more = 6 or 7 maybe more!:th ducks too!
     
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