What are ducks good for?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by emimiller8, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. emimiller8

    emimiller8 Out Of The Brooder

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    What are ducks good for? Not trying to sound mean. I really am curious.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They are good for laughs, they are great for keeping your yard bug free and they also make lots of fertilizer. [​IMG]
     
  3. emimiller8

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    Do u get eggs that u can eat? How often? Are they friendly and sociable?
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I have Muscovy they are seasonal layers and when they are laying they lay good. and yes I use them for baking mostly. My ducks are friendly but don't care to be picked up. except for one who was raised in the house by my dh and me, his mama rejected him, he loves to be picked up and cuddled, comes in through the doggie door for a visit. too. Ducks are messy they love to play in their water and will make a muddy mess in no time so if someone wants to have a beautiful lawn with lots of flowers then ducks may not be for them unless of course they kept them confined which I don't think mine would be happy confined. But other than that they are very healthy and are alot of fun to have around.
     
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  5. I have two drakes, a chocolate runner and a black Swedish. They don't really benefit us at all, except that they're hilarious. We used to have some females, but they all got picked off by something, except one ole girl who hardly ever laid eggs, but she'd take care of just about anything. When she was younger her best friend was a penciled Runner drake who protected her from everybody, then when he died she got REALLY depressed, until we moved some ducklings outside. She just perked right up and started taking care of them. Then when they got old and most of them left her she started raising a couple pullets that had lost their mama. :)

    The drakes are really fun. They won't let you hold them, but they mostly sleep, chase my poor Barred Rock rooster around, and talk to each other. They HATE water for some reason, and are pretty convinced they're chickens, but they're guaranteed to make you laugh. :)
     
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    entertainment, eggs, food (if you go that way), bug control, fertilizer for the garden

    Mine are for the eggs and entertainment value. The rest is bonus. Ours are pets, so no cooking them.
     
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    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was getting close to an egg a day from mine last year with light in the duck house. No light this year and new ones starting to lay. I have been getting 2-3 a day through the winter without added light. Some days 1. Some days none. Some days 3. Usually 2.

    I have 4 runners and 1 welsh harlequin
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They are great for pets, entertainment, eggs, insect control and meat - if you so choose.
     
  9. Dwen

    Dwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep mine for fertilizing the garage.

    They are also great lawn ornaments, make you instant friends with your mail lady, and turn your house into the neighborhood petting zoo.
     
  10. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Entertainment, snail and slug control, eggs (I have Khaki Campbells which lay a lot of eggs), and just a joy to have around and care for.
     

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