Whats the breed for me?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BarredBuff, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats the breed for me? I am duck dumb now and your help would be very much appreciated.

    I want
    A Frequent Broody
    A Wonderful Forager
    A Fair to Good Layer
    A Fair to Good Meatie

    I Dont Want
    A White Duck
    A Bantam Duck

    THANKS BARREDBUFF
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  2. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello?
     
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovies. And they are quiet.
     
  4. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

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    Muscovys!
     
  5. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does any hatchery or BYC breeder sell muscovy chicks?
     
  6. JosieR

    JosieR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cayuga (I think...I'm pretty new to ducks [​IMG] )
     
  7. toadbriar

    toadbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ancona [​IMG]
     
  8. mrslb333

    mrslb333 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say Cayuga they're so pretty, friendly and make good mothers [​IMG]
     
  9. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

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    None of My Cayugas are good broodys... Always kinda ehh Muscovys are the best broodys...
     
  10. LittleSquidgenHome

    LittleSquidgenHome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want
    A Frequent Broody
    A Wonderful Forager
    A Fair to Good Layer
    A Fair to Good Meatie

    Anconas
    About half my girls went broody and were pains in the butt about it, the ones with the broody itch were impossible to break up, the ones without it could have cared less about hatching a clutch.
    Very good foragers, ours are completely sustaining on pasture and pond and gaining, albeit slowly.
    Great layers, in my opinion, when laying we get 5-6 eggs a week per hen and they respond beautifuly to winter light.
    They usually give us about a 6lb carcass for males and 4 pounds for females.

    What you dont want: They are not bantams, but they can be mostly white. However they come in MANY color combinations and you can cull the ones with feathers you dont like.

    Muscovy
    EXCELLENT broodies, superb mothers! These are my incubator.
    The hens and babies are very good foragers, males can be lazy but are still fair.
    They are seasonal layers. In my opinion they are not good layers, mine only lay in the spring and want to hatch everything they lay and are not happy about being broken up.
    Excellent meaties! Lean meat and males can get HUGE. They take a little longer than mallard derived breeds to grow out, but they are tasty.

    What you dont want: They are not bantams and can come in white but most often come in other combinations, and there are some beautiful color patterns out there.

    I am sure there are BYC'rs that sell both breeds.

    Silver Appleyards are not white or bantam(though they can come in bantam versions), lay a good amount of egg and produce a large carcass, I have no input on their broodiness though.

    I think Blue Swedish are not white, hence the name, and supposed to be good table birds and good layers too but again no idea of the broodiness.

    Good luck!​
     

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