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What breeds do you recommend? And what breeds do you dislike?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PearlTheDuck, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting more ducks in a few months :) and I need suggestions and opinions on breeds

    I'm thinking of getting some:
    Khaki Campbell's
    Cayugas
    Blue Swedish
    Indian runners
    Magpies

    And I want some Welsh Harlequins but my hatchery does not carry them

    Are these breeds good? Egg production is not a huge deal since I'll be getting a bunch, it's personality and whether they will get along that matters more.
     
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  2. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Out of that list I have only had Khaki Campbells and Indian runners, and I love them! However I can say that I'm sure all those breeds will get along just fine, as long as you have a good drake to hen ratio. [​IMG] My runner drake is a very active, loving, loyal husband to his hens. And my Khaki Campbell hen is a good layer, friendly girl, and peaceful with the other ducks.
     
  3. Poultrylord

    Poultrylord Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try call ducks, khaki campbells, runners, and welsh harlequins, they are very good for handling and can get close to you if handled.
     
  4. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, great to hear! :)

    And yes 1 Drake per 3-4 hens, but I'm not planning to get Drakes, only females, if I do get any I will sell them because of many reasons, one reason being that my only duck I have right now is crested and during mating she could get her crest ripped off.
     
  5. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard call ducks are great! Do they fly? I have a 4ft fence and any breed I get will have to be able to stay in the yard.
     
  6. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I absolutely hands down love my black & white Anconas :) Also love mallards :)
     
  7. PearlTheDuck

    PearlTheDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never heard of Anconas until now, i just looked them up and they seem amazing. I will most likely be getting some :)
     
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  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yep, Calls can fly.....For the most part it is to get to where they want to go in a hurry...About 6 feet off the ground....Not a long distance either.....I love all Ducks....Any breed you choose, you will love....

    Best of luck....


    Cheers!
     
  9. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anconas come in different colors too but my favorite is the original B&W. You'll love them! Plus, it's easy to tell them apart as no two are the same :) Besides look how cute the ducklings are lol...notice the anconas? I have had Pekins, Cayugas, Khaki's, Mallards, Welsh Harlequins, Muscovies, Buff ducks, Black and also Blue Swedish, Runners, Rouen, and White Crested, and my favorites are these guys...but I liked them all....lol
     
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  10. slkyldy4evr

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    Maybe you could try a different hatchery like Metzer Farms or Cackle Hatchery if you really want Welsh Harlequins, if not, ive heard Khaki Campbells are a good breed for eggs and can be good pets and only get to about 4-6 lbs.
     

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