what breed of duck eats slugs but is gentle on a garden??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hollybird, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. hollybird

    hollybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i would like input on breeds that are good slug eaters. i want them to be in the garden but not eat the garden too. in the past my mother had pekins which were nice but not into slugs and muscovies that ate everything. when i was very young we had something that was brown and medium sized that was very nice.
     
  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

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    I'm not sure, but you might be referring to rouens or mallards, when you say medium sized brown duck. They certainly eat slugs. However, it seems to me that most ducks will eat garden plants too. I'm not sure that there are ducks that won't sample the vegetation.
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    maybe you should get some weeder geese instead.
     
  4. Maggie3

    Maggie3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovy ducks will eat slugs and also love to eat flies.
     
  5. robinaggie

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    Khaki Campbells are brown and medium sized, aren't they? But I don't know what they eat.
     
  6. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    I found this at: www.ansi.okstate.edu/poultry/ducks/khakicampbell/index.htm - 3k -

    Khaki Campbells do not require special care or artificial lighting to produce a large number of eggs, which are white and weight about 2.5 ounces (not much larger than a Leghorn egg). Thought not usually raised for meat, Khakis make high quality, lean roasters of 3-4 pounds; they average 4-5 pounds as adults. Campbells are extremely hardy, are excellent foragers, and are at home on land as well as in water.

    They eat large quantities of slugs, snails, insects, algae, and mosquitos from ponds, but do not require swimming water to stay healthy.
     
  7. hollybird

    hollybird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the info everyone!![​IMG]
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:they will eat slugs, bugs AND the plants in your garden. I had to replant all peppers and lost almost all my plants in the pumpkin /gourd family. They only leave eggplants and tomatoes alone.
     

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