what kind of ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by monkey, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. monkey

    monkey Out Of The Brooder

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    any ideas on what duck breed should I get? I want friendly ducks that lay eggs, and I was thinking about a few female khaki campbells and maybe a mallard drake just because they look cool, do you think this is a good choice?
     
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  2. Shadowhills Farm

    Shadowhills Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pekin ducks are GREAT egg layers. We have one girl, and she will lay everyday or just about everyday. We also had a Rouen with good egg producing as well.
     
  3. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    indian runners and khaki campbells. hatching your own will guarantee friendliness...
    I am having so much fun with mine at the moment.
     
  4. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

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    khaki campells are a great choice [​IMG]
     
  5. crazybarnlady

    crazybarnlady Out Of The Brooder

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    runners and campbells all the way!
     
  6. monkey

    monkey Out Of The Brooder

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    are mallards friendly? they're the only ducks you can buy that also live in the wild, and I was thinking of getting a drake just because I like the way they look, but since it wouldn't lay eggs it have to be a pet.
     
  7. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Before you get a mallard, make sure you check state laws. Some require a permit for you to keep them. If they do, you could always get a rouen, they look a lot the same but are bigger. Also keep in mind that most places sell waterfowl as straight run unless you get one that is already started.
     
  8. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    Ive only ever had one mallard drake and i wont ever have mallards again. He was very rough on my girls, i thought he would dislocate their wings! Good luck though!
     
  9. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For good egg production, you want to go with Anconas, Campbells, Harlequins, Hookbills, Magpies, or Indian Runners (according to Holderread's website!)

    I LOVE my Hookbills, and Harlequins are increasingly popular lately; in fact, if you like the look of a mallard, Harlequin drakes look very mallard-esque. They're very pretty birds - everyone here on BYC who has them is very happy with them. They were developed from a color mutation in a Campbell, and lay just as well as any Campbell can.

    I don't have any Welsh Harlequins myself, but based on what you've said you're looking for, they'd be my vote for you!
     
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  10. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have Indian Runners and they lay over 300eggs / year......

    They are the funniest, comical ducks ever......Makes them my duck of choice!

    Sandra
     

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