What is the best Duck for my Yard

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Want2BFarmer, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Want2BFarmer

    Want2BFarmer In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2009
    I have a 1/2 acre lot in town with a 6' fence around it. My wife and I would love to have a few ducks but I am concerned about noise and whether they will fly over the fence into the street next to my house. In addition I have a long section of fence along the public side walk so many people walk right along my property. I was thinking a Pekin?? Any suggestions?

  2. farmertank

    farmertank Songster

    Apr 28, 2007
    Linden TN
    [​IMG] Isaiah

    Pekins are a good choice. just about any duck you get will need it's wing clipped to keep it one the ground. Unless, you have the top fenced too. Muscovies are really quiet, the males hiss and the females peep. That's all they can do. Pekins can quack but it's a low tone quack. Pekins are also easy to train into pets, they are very curious and always interested in treats.

    I hope this helps you some
    Julie [​IMG]
  3. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    I have blue swedish and khaki campbells in my 3/4 acre yard. We're not in town though. My female blue swedish is very loud. The khaki campbell female quacks but not nearly as loudly. The males are both very quiet with an enjoyable little noise they make.
  4. wasatusay

    wasatusay Songster

    Nov 29, 2008
    South Carolina
    Pekings females are loud and very good beggars. The males do not quack, but are kind of raspy and quieter. But be forewarned that ducks make lots of poo and will make holes (that look like rodent holes) anywhere the water pools on the ground.
    Let me add that my DH does not care for the ducks but I love them and all their antics...Just make sure you have only one male to 3 females if you keep a small flock. The males can be quite aggressive to each other and the females if the numbers are off. That being said, females can physically reject any male (via mating organs) that she does not find suitable and can frustrate the male enough to be aggressive.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009
  5. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    Muscovys! They are quiet. They don't dab in the mud as much as other ducks! They don't need water to swim in, but do enjoy it sometimes. They are really good at bug patrol.
    Only down side they do fly some, mine only fly around my place, not really that often,
    but you could clip their wings!
  6. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I have a concrete one, it bothers no one, and has never flew over a fence, in fact we left it in the car for 3 days without food or water, and it came out of that ordeal just as good as she did going in. (I think it is a she) [​IMG]
  7. conny63malies

    conny63malies Crowing

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Quote:yup what Brenda said. I got my male ducks from her and they are awesome.

  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I have 3 different breeds in a small suburban lot. The loudest is the buff duck. OMG She has a mouth on her. My runner female is fairly quiet and my khaki hen wasn't very loud either. The drake makes a peepy quack...not loud at all.

    Khaki's and runners fly like bricks and a 6' fence is perfect to keep them in the yard. I even have a section with a gate only 3' tall and they have never shown any interest in going anywhere. With these two breeds, you wont have to clip wings.

    They also lay a lot of eggs. Nothing like a fresh duck egg for breakfast [​IMG]

    Like previously stated, if you have a drake, he needs 2-3 girlfriends. And they DO get aggressive if a female rejects them. My runner is not a fan of my drake. He chases her when she wont squat for him.
  9. Fancie

    Fancie Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    anyone know if silkie ducks are loud?
  10. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:Well if nothing beats the duck egg, smoked duck is a close second. [​IMG]

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