what kind of duck...

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cestial225, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. cestial225

    cestial225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently lost a black swedish to a fox. She was my only duck. She lived in the chicken coop with the chickens and got along great with them. My kids miss seeing a duck in the yard so I told them we will try hatching ducklings in the spring. What breed of duck would you all suggest? I want to probably have 2-3 ducks. They will live in the coop with the chickens. I would like good layers that are nice and gentle enough to free range with my kids present. I don't plan to keep any drakes. My kids do not chase or even touch our birds but they play in the same yard and don't want them to be chased.

    Thanks in advanced for your suggestions!
     
  2. RouenDuck

    RouenDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say Welsh Harlequin. They are pretty and good egg layers, and they are nice, friendly ducks.
     
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  3. Foxs Fowl Farm

    Foxs Fowl Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi. Just adding my two cents.....[​IMG]

    From my research, Khaki Campbell is a prolific egg layer. I have a drake that free ranges with my flock of Blue and Black Swedish, Rouens and Cayuga.
    All of my ducks free range with my chickens and dogs and horses. Kids too.
    They are the same size as the Swedish.
    Not a mean duck in the bunch.[​IMG]
     
  4. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't forget the Pkin and Rouen. Plus my favorite, the Barnyard Mixes.
     
  5. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    What can you get sexed? if you don't want drakes, don't open the door, opt for sexed birds. I have some buff orpingtons nice duck, catty but gentle they forage well, actually a heritage breed. They run with my large scovies flock.
     
  6. cestial225

    cestial225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will most likely buy hatching eggs so I am bound to get a few drakes. Its fine, we will butcher and eat them when they reach a decent size. I just have no interest in breeding ducks so I have no use for drakes.
     

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