When to get my ducks for fair

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BirdGirl2004, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys, I am wanting to put my ducks in to the fair but I wanted them to be about 6 months or so. So that they would completely feathered out come fair time around July 20th or so. I was going to get mallard ducks because they are a nice bird and I don't want to eat them or sell them for meat at the fair. Do you know when I should get my ducks? Anybody know how to show a duck for the fair? If I want to put a male and female in the fair how many ducks do you think I should get just in case some die? What hatchery should I get them from that is the cheapest? Thanks!!
     
  2. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    I got Khaki campbells in Febuary, and they were fully feathered by July.

    If you do it right, ducklings have a very low mortality rate. I think just a pair would be fine

    I dont know the best place to get mallards though.
    Good luck!
     
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  3. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I'll consider Khaki Cambells.
     
  4. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Well...Now I will have to tell you great things about em lol.
    Khakis are very good looking (in my humble opinion of course [​IMG]).
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    This is Curly aka Mr Smarty Pants. Isnt he handsome? [​IMG]
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    And this is my sweet girl Blondie


    They can be very sweet if you spend enough time taming them, and they lay like nobodies business.
     
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  5. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are SO cute!! And yes he is very handsome!! lol!:)
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

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    Thanks :D
    Let me know what you decide to get!
     
  7. BirdGirl2004

    BirdGirl2004 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello there, I was thinking about getting Khaki Cambells for awhile now and then I thought of how they fly an that made me a little nervous because I have a big yard and they could get lost... also I have the road that is less than 100 yards from the coop and they could fly over the pen and on to the road. I was thinking maybe mallards? Have you ever had mallards? Do you know anything about this breeds of duck? Thanks!!
     
  8. mlh328

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    Mallards are also flyers. But if you like the look of them maybe check out the rouens, they are like a bigger version of a mallard. I don't have any experience with any of these breeds, I have cayugas and they are really pretty.
     
  9. cheezenkwackers

    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have five Khakis and they can't fly more than a few inches off the ground. My oldest girl did fly over the fence once when she was younger and lighter, so I clipped her wings She got stuck in the neighbors yard when she went over the fence, fortunately their dog was in the house.

    I think Mallards are much better flyers. Besides, I am with Bills vs Beaks, I love my Khakis and they are very sweet!
     
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  10. Bills vs Beaks

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    I have a four foot electronet fence. No one has gotten over so far :p
    I also live very near a road, but they dont seem to be very interested in it. I think if they have enough pasture to keep em happy, they'll stick around
    @mlh328 said this, but I want to be very clear. Mallards will fly, and do it waaaay better than khakis. @Spyderk117 has some fun vids of mallards flying if you want to see [​IMG]
     

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