WHich duck???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by emjay, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    so, I am planning on getting some ducks in the near future. I have chickens presently. But, have always wanted ducks. I absolutely love ducks [​IMG]

    right now, we are cleaning out the pond, was full of bull rush , FULL !!!!!
    It is a nice size pond, not a lake, but, lots of swimming area.

    I just don't know what breed to get.

    suggestions. This is what I am looking for,

    good egg layers
    popular with the people (to sell, if hatch ducklings)
    non flighty.
    non aggressive (with each other) (or close to)
    not as messy
    cute and adorable ( [​IMG] )
    oh and likes to be cuddled too, haha.

    and is their a link to house ideas for them.
    I want to let them in the pond during the day, and lock them at night. I want them to be able to access their run and home during the day if they need to evade a predator.
    I am planning on putting the coop beside the pond.

    I am however not interested in muscovies, Indian runner.
    I am liking the appleyard(??), the cayuga, the magpie ....

    let me know what your suggestions are.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2010
  2. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    no favorites for anyone?

    anyone know a good duck site, where I could check out all the breeds and info?
  3. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I'm currently debating the same thing.

    I'm having a hard time deciding between Khaki Campbells or Buff Ducks.

    The Campbells I've read will lay better, more than most chickens even. However I really, really like the way the Buff Ducks look, they're so pretty.

    So maybe a couple of both!
  4. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    it's tougher then it seems, there are quite a few interesting breeds. good luck with your choice.

    this is my list,
    trying to narrow it down to 1 or 2 breeds.

    in order of preference

    silver appleyard
    welsh harlequin
    khaki campbell
  5. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Less messy? Bwaa haa haa haa [​IMG]

    Anyway...as for your other requirements, Welsh Harlequins sound like the perfect duck for you.
  6. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    haha, thanks, I knew I was going out on a limb for less messy, but, hey, one can always try right.

    I like the welsh harlequins too, they look very nice.

    not sure if I can find them here on the island or not.
  7. Bryanccfshr

    Bryanccfshr Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 29, 2010
    Farmington , NM
    Welsh or Buffs. I have a Buff I rescued thinking he was a duck Oh well he is little trouble. I also have runners and pekins . You may also consider hybrid 300 layers. If I had it to do over again I would either flock up on Buffs or hybrid layers.
  8. emjay

    emjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    what are hybrid 300's
  9. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    I have runners and love them. They are real characters...I hatched 4 that I have in an incubator and they are the most tame. The two I got as adults from a hatchery are less tame. They come to the door of their pen when I go out to feed them. When I open the door they come out and help me fill up the feed dish and take a nibble or two while the lid is off. They love peas. I took a couple of them to my nephew's birthday party and they were great entertainment - I teach 5th grade and I take them to school every once in a while. I took them all in for "Love of Reading Night" and they were a hit. They lay lots of eggs - but I've heard others say they are scared easily.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2010
  10. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    Quote:I was thinking the exact same thing Wifezilla. I've never met a duck that wasn't messy. But their mess is worth it. [​IMG]

    From the sounds of the other requirements, Welsh Harlequins or Silver Appleyards would be perfect.

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