Ducks

Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:13 pm

Who has ducks. I have Mandarins they are the Chinese version of the Wood duck they are considered one of the most beautiful ducks in the world. Here is a pic. Not my duck mine are not in full color yet.

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Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:18 pm

I have Muscovy ducks, getting ready to knock them off and get Pekin Ducks. The Pekins don't fly and are not as much of a mess

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Wed Nov 26, 2008 5:49 pm

We used to have Muscovy's, Pekin's and Rouen's. All good fer eatin, good fer eggs and great for family fun just watching them grow and do their thing. As long as they have a large enough place to play such as a pond etc., then they are pretty good. Now we do not raise em anymore, we just let em visit and live around the pond. They are primarily mallards, wood ducks and Canada Geese.

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Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:04 am

Used to have ducks till some one turned me in to the NYC board of health. We loved duck eggs. They all made the freezer after that.

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Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:56 am

Why were you not allowed to have ducks

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Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:50 am

Man o Man! Those would sure add a splash of color to the yard. Pretty brilliant. If I had a pond on my property that would be a pretty appealing choice for me. No pond so I've limited myself to a couple of Pearl Guineas and an India Blue Peacock. The appeal for me of fowl free ranging in the yard is that there is always something going on when you walk out the door. "Always a show"
At what age will your Pekings color? Males only?

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Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:17 pm

They are called Mandarins, Pekins are a white variety of domestic duck. The Mandarin duck is a wild type it is the asian version of the wood duck. The Males will color up in about 8 months they will not always retain their color. They will sometimes lose it when it is between breeding season. The males will pair up with a hen. They do not breed more then one female a season. They can sometimes switch mates between seasons. They average a clutch of 8 to 12 eggs a season. They are full flight and have to be trimmed to prevent flight. They come in a white variety also. They can be found for anywhere from 80.00 to 150.00 a pair.

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Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:11 pm

New you city has rules against just about any thing. If you are grandfathered as a farm it would have been ok. Chickens as well as ducks or any farm animal are forbiden. There are health department rules regulations and general BS. We put that last part on Bevs tomatoes and they do very well thank you.

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Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:19 pm

I started raising Ducks Gees e and Swans when i was 13
I have raised all North American at one point or another.
List of the bird we have raised
Canvas backs
American Goldeneye
Ring necked ducks
American wigeon
N. Pintail
Black ducks
Blue wing and green wing teal
Mallards
Wood ducks
Hooded Merganser
Redhead ducks
Gadwall
Ruddy ducks
Buffleheads
Greater and Lesser Scaup
Mute swans
Trumpeter swans

I had the swans to support my Duck Habit
They were the only birds that made money, , with the exception of the canvas backs $185 a young pair.
But that wasn't what I had them
Trumpeters can fetch $450 each 4 months old.
$800-$1000 for breeding age 5-7 yrs.
The trumpeter do not breed in captivity , sometimes ,as long as 7 yrs.
I currently raise Trumpeter Swans and English Mutes
Started the tractor restorations so the ducks had to go.
Now the swans support my tractor habit :lol:
Phil