Which would fit me the best.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Silkie Chicken, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    I am going to be getting some ducks next spring and I am wanting a duck that can lay well, very very pretty, and has a great personality, are very tame, which do you think would fit these traits best. I am really wanting mallards because i really like the color of them, and another thing is do ducks have to have water to swim in, and how old do they have to be before i put a little thing of water in for them as chicks?
     
  2. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    Anyone???
     
  3. BonnieDaleFarm

    BonnieDaleFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I have Rouen ducks and I absolutely love them! They are not very vocal compared to Pekins I used to have (I dislike Pekins) and they also lay well. They forage more than swim and they are very friendly. The biggest plus for me was they look like Mallards but can't fly away! ;)
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    1. They don't need water to swim in but they seem to prefer it.
    2. I own Mallards. They are seasonal layers, not the best personality, far from tame.
    3. All birds have the potential to become more tame but most grow out of the phase where they want to be near people.
     
  5. BonnieDaleFarm

    BonnieDaleFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Also all ducks need water. A kiddie wadding pool works out great. As far as when to let them have access to water, after they have all their feathers. ;)
     
  6. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    I think i will go with rouens
     
  7. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    Ok and where would be the best place to buy them???
     
  8. BonnieDaleFarm

    BonnieDaleFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Good! I don't think you will be disappointed. I ordered mine from Murray McMurray hatchery. They were very healthy when they arrived and out of straight run of 8 I ended up with 6 hens and 2 drakes. :)
     
  9. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    Would cackle hatchery be good stock because you can get them sexed there?
     
  10. Silkie Chicken

    Silkie Chicken King Silkie

    Feb 22, 2012
    Can i have some info on how to take care of them...i have looked on google and it will not show.
     

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