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What kind of duck do I need??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hatchaholic, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    We've got chickens, turkeys, and geese so now I need a couple of ducks. I just don't know much about the breeds, so I need some help in deciding what type I should get. I don't have a pond, but do have a couple of kiddie pools for the geese. My kids want something preferably with a green head, for whatever reason. I want something good natured.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks ya'll!!
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I would say one of each, but I am an enabler like that. [​IMG]

    My best natured are my muscovies. Your kids wanting "greenheads refers to rouens or mallards. Rouens are more even tempered and best of all they can't fly like the mallards.

    The drakes have green heads in almost all the mallard derived darker breeds, but the term "greenhead" usually refers to mallard or rouen drakes.

    My buff duck is calm as are the swedes I have.
  3. setter4

    setter4 Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Central Pennsylvania
    Quote:I'm pretty sure she needs this 4 month old Muscovy that showed up at my house tonight! Please refer to EEEK It's a duck thread! [​IMG]
  4. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Don't tempt me...I was only supposed to have 3 breeds of chickens. That's all. Just three. Now, depending on the success of my latest eggs in the bator, I'll be up to 10 breeds I think. And, still waiting on 2 more...

    My DH will make me sleep with the ducks if I go crazy!! LOL!
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My cayuga drake has a green head also, when the sunlight hits him just right! Other than that he is black, black, black!! My rouens are sweeties, though they won't let me to near them. But like terrielacy said, they can't fly, and the mallards can. If you got a mallard, you would have to clip 'his' wings (only males have the green heads btw).
  6. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Try a Rouen (did I spell that right?) There kinda neat!
  7. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Songster

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    The breeds you should be looking at are either Rouens or Blue Sweds. They are very good tempered and great layers. Both lay big eggs and on a daily basis here. I would have to reccomend the sweds over the rouens. The rouens tend to be heavy and stumble and trip A LOT! I had a male who couldn't take two steps without falling. The Sweds also come in an assortment of colors. I have had basically pure white ones, light grey, black, brownish grey, and all kinds of colors come out. The black ones have a green sheen to them too.
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I would say one of each, but I am an enabler like that.


    If my hubby sees your post, he wont let me play here anymore [​IMG]

    (took me 2 years to talk him in to the idea of a couple of runners)​
  9. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Thanks for all the input, everybody. Now if I can just find some eggs.....

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