Welsh Harlequins coming!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by agregg15, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 Welsh Harlequin ducklings coming from Metzer tomorrow! [​IMG] [​IMG] I can't wait. Does anyone else have ducklings coming tomorrow and does anyone have any tips on raising Harlequins (especially tips for maximum egg production?) I've always wanted Harlequins and I have only raised mallards. I can't wait for the glow of the brooder in my room at night [​IMG]
     
  2. Eroc1_1

    Eroc1_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Metzer has some good articles on their website about getting good egg production.... So does Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks(a must have for your 'library') Light (16-17 hours of light) and 16 - 18% protein feed with a vitamin/mineral supplement 1x a week.
     
  3. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Metzer has some good articles on their website about getting good egg production.... So does Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks(a must have for your 'library') Light (16-17 hours of light) and 16 - 18% protein feed with a vitamin/mineral supplement 1x a week.

    Thanks [​IMG] I have been trying to convince myself to buy Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks. I'm a bit stingy though [​IMG] The feed my mallards are getting has the daily protein amount suggested. I'll check Metzer's website. Thanks again [​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Light has a lot to do with egg production. You can keep them laying through the winter with supplemental lighting. Even without it, mine only take Dec and Jan off. I usually give them a break and don't worry about the light.
     
  5. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks [​IMG] I'm just trying to figure out how I'm going to get light to their coop.....
     
  6. skya328

    skya328 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so jealous! I have 3 WH and love em dearly. They are such cute babies and grow into beauties! Handle them as much as possible. I had a broody chicken take care of them for the first 3 weeks. After that i had them eating peas out of my hand but they still keep their distance from me to this day. They want to be close enough for treats but not so close they'll get touched! Have fun & post pics if you can!
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  7. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I definitely will post pics and I'm gonna smother the little guys with love. [​IMG]
     
  8. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics as promised [​IMG]

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    Then there's Elmo, my little drake. [​IMG]
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  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    They are very cute, but the drakes are supposed to have dark beaks.
     
  10. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pips&peeps :

    They are very cute, but the drakes are supposed to have dark beaks.

    Whoops [​IMG] that was the wrong picture. Elmo does have a dark bill.​
     

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