which breed is ideal????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by PoultryLover007, May 24, 2010.

  1. PoultryLover007

    PoultryLover007 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey All!!


    I am not super knowledged about duck breeds so here goes.......I would like to raise up some breed of ducks that are docile and are best for being a pet rather than an addition to big flock of ducks for my pond or anything.....I know Pekin ducks make great pets , but was wondering if any other breed of duck would be also good as a pet? I'd be raising them in the house /garage/back yard (they would roam around those areas) and would like to know all of you all's opinion on which would be the best choice?

    Just for the sake of curiousity...would mallards be good as pets , or no? Thanks!!
     
  2. jujubean99

    jujubean99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    idk about mallards (never had 'em) but I had the sweetest pekin drake for a while and he was amazing. I also am a fan of runners and buffs (they are quite docile, or maybe that is just mine, I only have one of each) and I have heard cayugas make great pets, mine is slightly high strung but again that could just be individual personality. A plus to runners is that they are smallish, part of the small breed category. That is handy for holding and carrying your duck! They are also very comical to watch!
    I have never had muscovies, but I hear they are also pleasant. I would definitely look into them.
     
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never had muscovies, but a lot of folks swear by them for their sweet, gentle personalities. If I were going to have ducks just for pets, that's what I'd go with. They're quiet (no loud quacking), and the muscovies I've known have definitely been more people-oriented than other ducks.

    Pekins make nice pets too, and I've heard Welsh Harlequins are calm too. I raise Runners, and they're funny and sweet and good layers, but they are rather flighty.

    Good luck. Ducks are cool. [​IMG]
     
  4. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Muscovies or Cayugas. If predators are a problem, Muscovies more the Cayugas. Both are hardy & good gentle breeds. However, the Muscovy is tops in friendless and their ability to survive on their own (except in winter, of course). Plus, they're quiet and they lay TONS of eggs!
     
  5. PoultryLover007

    PoultryLover007 Out Of The Brooder

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    So Pekins or Muscovies? LOL , drake or pullet?
     
  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Either will do. Ducks will give you eggs, drakes are quieter (at least in non-muscovies). Either one will try to mate with you if they don't have a duck friend, lol--you are planning to get at least two, right? They need each other!

    Have fun!
     
  7. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I'd get one Muscovy drake & at least two ducks (females). If you have the room, I'd do a quad--though.
     
  8. PoultryLover007

    PoultryLover007 Out Of The Brooder

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    I checked on Ideal and Mcmurray's sites and did not see Muscovy's for sale.....Only pekins/variations of mallards/calls/runners/cayugas, etc.......

    And yea, I will get at least 2 and just wondered which sex is the more docile of the two (Drake or Pullet) by nature that is....
     
  9. blissdragon

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    Silky ducks are fun, fun, fun! And soft...
     
  10. PoultryLover007

    PoultryLover007 Out Of The Brooder

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    there's such a thing as silky ducks? lol....i've never ever heard of that...just in chickens...
     

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