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        04-11-2009, 10:33 AM
      #11
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    I would ask Cat about ducks. She's a big duck lover. She's got a bunch and says they are great for bug control, meat, and eggs. Plus, they're friendly. She's got cats and horses and says they all seem to get along.
         
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        04-13-2009, 08:49 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Thanks Joshie! Hopefully Cat will see this and offer some of her wisdom. Bill, I googled blue swedish and it says they're the heartiest of the duck breeds with a calm disposition and a body type similar to that of the pekin. Yes, you guys have me googling ducks now and you've almost got me convinced! So my next question is, would TSC ducks be okay or would it be better to get them from someone who raises them?
         
        04-13-2009, 09:35 AM
      #13
    Showing
    I don't think it makes a difference, Jen. Unlike horses or dogs, the pedigree isn't important so TSC will be as good a place as any. They must get them from a breeder themselves so I don't think it makes a difference.
         
        04-14-2009, 09:47 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Okay, thanks, Bill. One more question, can straw be used as bedding? We already have it as we use it for the rabbits and goat.
         
        04-14-2009, 10:49 AM
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    I'm using hay so I can't see why straw couldn't be used. The only reason I'm using hay and not straw is because I have it (LOL).
         
        04-14-2009, 09:03 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by 3neighs    
    Thanks Joshie! Hopefully Cat will see this and offer some of her wisdom. Bill, I googled blue swedish and it says they're the heartiest of the duck breeds with a calm disposition and a body type similar to that of the pekin. Yes, you guys have me googling ducks now and you've almost got me convinced! So my next question is, would TSC ducks be okay or would it be better to get them from someone who raises them?
    It depends on what you want to do with the ducks. If you just want yard ducks the ones from TSC will be fine if you think your daughter would want to show them get some from a breeder. The TSC ducks come from hatcheries that mass produce ducks. Breeders usually produce many less ducks but they are likely of better quality and bred towards the actual breed standard.
         
        04-15-2009, 09:56 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Well, I finally gave the girls the okay to have ducks. (They've already got names picked out. :roll:) My husband's not too thrilled, but he's okay with it as long as they take care of them which we have discussed with them in great lengths although I do have a few more questions. Thanks so much to you all for answering them, by the way.

    We'll be keeping them in the laundry room until they're ready to go outside. That will be when they get all their feathers, right? How long will that take? My biggest concerns are with the winter. How do you handle their watering?
         
        04-15-2009, 10:17 AM
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    Jen, keeping them inside is good until they have all their feathers. Then I would take them outside during the day to acclimate them to the difference for about a week. After that, you should be fine to just leave them outside.

    As for the winter, my winters are not as severe as yours so I didn't insulate the "house" I built around the dog cage they stay in at night but you may want to. I don't know if that is necessary though - TSC or the internet should be a good source for that info.

    I break up their water several times per day during the winter, usually when I go out to feed the horses. As for feed, my ducks are odd and eat only chicken layer crumbs. I've tried all different feeds and that is the only one they eat. They won't even eat crackers or bread! In fact, I tried changing brands and they didn't eat for 3 days until I got the right brand.

    I have really odd ducks. Our farm borders a small lake and I can't get them into the lake. I tried tossing them in last summer and you would think that I threw them into a pot of boiling oil. I don't think that their feet touched the water, they got out that fast.
         
        04-15-2009, 04:06 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Thanks again, Bill! I can't believe they don't like the pond! What are chicken layer crumbs?

    Since they will only be pets, I called TSC today and they will only sell a minimum of six ducks. I only wanted to get three and am not willing to get six so I guess I'll have to look elsewhere.
         
        04-15-2009, 05:59 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by 3neighs    
    Thanks again, Bill! I can't believe they don't like the pond! What are chicken layer crumbs?
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    That's were where the expression "ODD DUCK' comes from.

    Chicken layer crumbs are just what the name implies. It's a feed for laying chickens and it's been crumbled. I started mine on that when they were babies and they they love it.
         
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