What breeds should I get?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AshleyFishy, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. AshleyFishy

    AshleyFishy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm interested in having a few laying ducks around. I'm wanting black/grey, blue/green, cream/white eggs in my duckie egg basket, what breeds do I need to lay those colors? I know the Cayuga is popular for their black/grey egg color.
     
  2. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the only breed you're going to get a reasonable number of good-sized black/grey eggs from is a Cayuga. For Blue/Green eggs there's the Dutch Hookbill (my personal favorite breed!), and then for lots of nice, big White eggs there's Khaki Campbells or Welsh Harlequins. Runners are another great egg-type breed, and they can lay blue/green, beige, or white eggs, depending on the bird. [​IMG]

    EDIT: Here's some pictures of my Dutch Hookbills. I'm always trying to get more people interested in Hookbills - they're such friendly little birds, mine come and nibble on your shoelaces and the legs of your pants when you walk through the yard! [​IMG]

    Two of the girls (just after a few weeks of constant rain this summer, so excuse all the mud!):
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    And, the absolute sweetest drake in the world, "Zipper":
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  3. AshleyFishy

    AshleyFishy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! Wow hookbills! Never would of though of those.
     
  4. duckluv

    duckluv Overrun With Chickens

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    LOL now I want some hookies!
     
  5. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hookbills are wonderful. I don't know why they haven't ever caught on more, especially being such an old breed. You should try to develop a new color, annarie! I have heard of some of the problems with crossing them to other breeds, but you should be able to do it I would think if patient in getting the bills right. I bet there would be a market for more desirable colors (although I personally love dusky). [​IMG]
     
  6. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    runners because they are soooo cute maybe muscovy which I have there nice ducks.
     
  7. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd love some duckbills. I was thinking of hatching some for next spring. Your duck egg basket will look nice with all that color! Good luck picking your breeds--have fun. PS.. some of the welsh harlequin eggs I hatched were green, some white.
     
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  8. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yep - my Dark Campbells mostly lay green eggs too. It's a fault in the Campbells and Harlequins; if you were strictly adhering to the breed standard, you'd want to select away from it.

    My Stanbridge Whites haven't started laying yet (any day now!), but they should lay green eggs, it's what their breed standard calls for. I'll be very disappointed if they don't!

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  9. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Pekins lay a large white egg a day. They are very friendly and wonderful to have around. A little loud, but we have no neighbors.
     
  10. foxhomechickens

    foxhomechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I love runner ducks they are always walking around quacking and foraging for weeds and bugs:)
     

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