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#1 michelle OFFLINE  

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Posted February 24, 2013 - 03:13 PM

Anybody have ducks? I'm interested in raising a couple females to lay eggs and my own entertainment/joy. 

 

My current design idea:

 

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My plan is to use the hardware cloth that is 1/4" wire to help with area predators (raccoons, foxes, hawks, etc.). 


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 07:47 PM

I keep ducks and have kept ducks for awhile now. What kind are you thinking about?  I would be happy to help with any questions you might have. Check the gardening section here. I have a garden post that lists ducks and such.


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 08:53 PM

I haven't figured out a breed/kind yet. I like the look of runners, but not sure how they are when it comes to egg laying. Any recommendations for "cute" ducks (well when they are adults, they are all cute when ducklings!) that lay a decent quantity of eggs? Not looking to eat eggs for every meal 365 days a year. 

 

Also a more quiet breed would be best. 


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Posted February 25, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Most of my experiance is with Pekin ducks. They are good layers,not very noisy and are very hardy birds.

From what I understand runner ducks are very prolific layers. An egg a day at maturity from what Ive heard.

I would recomend Pekins,Khaki Campbell or another big bodied duck for where you are.

Murray McMurray hatchery is about the best when it comes to birds and poultry. They deliver through the mail. Check them out online. Call or e mail them, they will answer any other questions you might have that
I cant answer.

Hope this helps.


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Posted March 04, 2013 - 09:48 PM

On Sunday, Adam and I went to Tractor Supply Company and I was able to see little ducklings in person! We didn't take any home, but I have narrowed down my choice of duck breeds to Blue Swedish. 

 

But aren't they cute!?

 

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Posted March 04, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Yup, they sure are cute. I'd like to add a couple ducks to our chickens (  8 of 'em)  here just for fun.



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 10:04 PM

We have 4 pekins in the basement. Waiting for them to get some size on them before putting them outside.



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 10:15 PM

Do you have a coop built? If so, pics? Suggestions? 



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 11:35 PM

If that question was for me, sure. A couple square feet per bird, plus some outside area if that is an option for ya.

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Posted March 19, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Just ordered my ducks online! They should be here in a week. So excited! 

 

Went with two female Blue Swedish. 


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Posted March 20, 2013 - 08:07 AM

I hope you enjoy the ducks.  I know we will see them soon too.



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Posted March 20, 2013 - 09:03 PM

I'm ready!

 

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:41 PM

That sure looks cozy :-)



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Posted March 27, 2013 - 11:24 AM

They are here! Received a call at 5:55 a.m. that they were ready to be picked up at the post office. I was there by 6:30, anxious to see if my two made it safely from California and they did! 

 

Brought them to school and my students are enjoying the "chirp chirp chirp" coming from the temporary brooder. Can't wait to see them swim later this week/next week!

 

 

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Posted March 27, 2013 - 11:34 AM

That's great Michelle.  They look like they traveled very nicely.   Pretty soon you'll want more. 






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