What duck to get?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by QueenDuck, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. QueenDuck

    QueenDuck In the Brooder

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    So I want to start incubating duck eggs as a got a Mini Advance Brinsea incubator for my birthday. We don't have a pond so they wouldn't be able to swim [​IMG] I have 2 ayelsburys at the moment and and they have a small pond that they can sit in and just splash around and have a wash but not big enough for them to have a swim in. I thought about going into the duck breeding business as I have alot of space over my nans where the Ayelsburys are now. As the incubator I have only holds 7 eggs and they probably won't all hatch i should have enough space for them. Just to start off with i want to get some cheap eggs that hatch sweet little duckies that don't need to swim much and not very loud. If the swimming is a problem I could always buy a small sand pit or paddling pool if it would be big enough. What ducks do you think would be best to start off with?
    Thanks.
     
  2. ChristineR

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    Would kind of ducks do you like? For first time hatching, I would stay away from Calls, as I've heard they can be difficult to hatch.

    Other than that, I would just go with a breed that you like.

    As far as swimming, ducks don't have to have a pond, but they love to swim. I would just get them a little kiddie wading pool and they'll be happy with that.

    P.S. I have a Brinsea Mini Advance and really like it.
     
  3. QueenDuck

    QueenDuck In the Brooder

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    Okay, thanks! I thought I would stay away from calls too! I have heard that they are very loud and I don't want then to disturb the neighbours or my nan when they move over there. I really like miniature silver apple yards. As it's my first batch I am trying to get eggs under £10 plus postage because I will most likely go wrong knowing me!
    Thanks again! :)
     
  4. LilMissChz

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    The ducks I hatched I got the eggs here on BYC in the buy/sell/trade forum. I got Saxony ducks, did some research and they are considered a rare breed. Pretty duck, rather large but not HUGE. Nice long bills, peck through shells easily.

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