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Discussion in 'Other Pets' started by kids-n-peeps, Feb 2, 2010.
Any of you have ducks?
If so...what breeds do you like?
what do you like/dislike about having ducks?
We have a pond on the property- so naturally one day when they were selling ducklings at the feed store- we had to bring some home!
We have had several breeds- Indian Runners, Blue Swedish, Khaki Cambells, and even Mallards
They warned us the mallards would probably fly away- and sure enough.......so wouldnt waste any money on them again....
I really like the blue swedish- they range in color from gray silver to black and blue, pretty neat.
Indian Runners are also super funny to watch!
Ours free range- during the warm weather they spend most of their time up at the pond- we dont even feed them
During the winter once the pond freezes and they become prime coyote bait- they have all gotten smarter and come down to the horse paddocks and scrounge on manure and horse grain/hay I always toss them a little bit of whatever horse grain I am feeding and thats it- they do just fine looking for their own goodies
They are really annoying in the winter though- always under the horses feet- and if you feed the horses down on the ground in a bucket- they are all sticking their heads in it eating- even if they have their own somewhere else
some of the horses shoo them away- but others stand back and let them take their food.
So now I make sure that all my horses buckets are tied up high
They are pretty funny- We wont buy anymore- just letting nature take its course. We had 4 ducklings born this year, and we were up to 10 ducks for awhile, but now we are down to 8 (some of them just arent very "street smart" and get snatched by the coyotes!)
But it usually just takes one getting snatched up and they all wise up and come down to the barn.
I just got two muscovey girls and love them - they are a hoot.
After talking with the guy at the feed store - he said that the muscovey are the only one not originated from the mallard that are common to get as hatchlings. They are from South America so they need to have good bedding and a little more caution taken on getting to cold.... but they are supposed to be good layers and great meat birds also.
i've had ducks, pekings and i just rescued a pair of what we think are mallard hens. I don't like ducks all that much, they stink and are very noisy and messy, and get piked off really easy and fast by coyotes and hawks.
My pilgrim geese are really quiet unless we have an intruder in goatland, and for the most part are pretty clean, their pond is the only nasty part, and i don't have to worry about predators all that much, the hawks dont bug them and dogsare scared of them, so i just have to worry about big cats, but weve never had any (knock on wood)
We've had khaki campbells, blue swedish, cayuga's and muscovies. I loved the khaki's because we got eggs everyday. The blue swedish and cayugas are pretty to look at. Our muscovies are by far my favorite. Great mothers (protective) and yummy meat!
I have indian runners. They are the most entertaining little things you'll ever see!! Always running around as fast as they can, they look like bowling pins! The problem with the breed personally is that they are hard to tame, they are very fast and once you get a hold of them, they're awkward to hold because of their shape, but I love them!! They are by far my personal favorite!!
Yeah you need some ducks...they do well with 40 inches of snow!!!!!!!!!!!! :slapfloor:
logansmommy7 - I don't know what you are talking about. Snow? What's that? It's a duck paradise over here.
Oh yeah-I forgot. I think we might bring our brood over there then. Can the kids and I stay too?
we used to have a few mallards. theyre pretty neat, though their poo is extremely messy!! I personally prefer turkeys.
Sure, logansmommy, pitch a tent at the pond, pretend you are ducks, and then tell me if you think they would like it here. Sounds like a plan
Think we might stay here.... :ROFL:
We used to have muscovoy's. They are good pets but they can fly and do and well... they stink! If you have a large property it is okay though!
Thanks for the honesty everybody. It has helped me to decide that, although I'm sure ducks can be wonderful to keep, I'm not sure they are the best fit for me.
we never had great success with ducks -- owls always killed them
so unless we build an enclosure for them like the chickens we wont ever get ducks again.
I think they are cool birds but I hate the mess -- if we had a pond though I think I would consider it --- they make less mess on the ground because they are in the pond all the time :thumb:
I wouldn't get more then 4 at a time though -- they stink worse then chickens.
We had Cayugas and Blue Swedish ducks. I ducks, seriously. They are soooo fun to watch, so cute to hatch and their eggs make baked goods 10x better. Alas, I have a duck egg allergy apparently... so my stock was sold off a few weeks ago
I also enjoy quail, chukar, pheasants, turkeys and guineas... and we've owned them all at one time. I'm thinking about Royal Palm turkeys this year, though I'm concerned that they can fly. Might just end up with some BBB's instead. :sigh: lol
if you liked ducks eggs.. try goose eggs talk about awesome
I'd love to have geese, but dh has condemned them because he's told they bite. lol
LOL, last night as hubby and I were ruling out ducks, he said he'd prefer to have geese, but since our pond is at the bottom of the property and close to 2 neighbors, he was afraid the neighbors would not care for the idea . . .