Farming forum: Duck Farming

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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jul 29, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Hi everyone,

I want to try raising Pekin ducks. I have experience with chickens, but not ducks.

Does anyone have any helpful tips for a beginning duck farmer?

Jared
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jul 29, 2017 7:43 PM CST
I have no duck experience, but I'm sure someone will be along. Good luck with them, Jared. You will do fine with them. Are you enjoying your chicken eggs?
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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Jul 29, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Hello.

I am really liking these eggs! They are fantastic! We haven't bought eggs in a month!

Jared
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 29, 2017 9:00 PM CST
We have had Pekin ducks inn the past. Right now we have Runner ducks. I recommend that you buy females. If you get "straight run" ducks, my experience is that they will be mostly males and the female(s) will be ceaselessly harassed. Ducks are happier if they have water to swim in - even a kiddie pool will do. They grow much faster than chickens and are a lot messier. We have always enjoyed our ducks and they lay good eggs too!
Porkpal
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Jul 29, 2017 9:22 PM CST
Porkpal, do the duck eggs taste any different? I've always guessed that they might have a stronger taste, but have never had one.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Jul 29, 2017 9:39 PM CST
The Runner Duck eggs taste very much the same as hen eggs, but are a little firmer when cooked. Muscovy eggs are definitely different. Someone here said they taste like mud - not a bad description. We never ate any of the Pekin or Mallard eggs when we had them.
Porkpal
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
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plantmanager
Jul 29, 2017 10:20 PM CST
Thanks, Pork, that's interesting. I'd have thought duck eggs were duck eggs and they'd all taste the same.

If you'd like to use the eggs, Jared, maybe you should have the Runner ducks.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 30, 2017 4:00 AM CST
I have had both Peking and Ancona ducks. I loved my Ancona's, but like Porkpal said don't get too many males. I bought a couple of Anconas and had them for about 5 years, I just gave them to a friend this summer. I let them raise one brood of young. She hatched 7 little ones, 3 females and 4 males. Her first year laying eggs she produced an egg all but 4 days. In later years she slowed down, and this year she layed an egg every other day for most of the spring. The eggs were very much like chicken eggs in flavor. I had to keep them fenced in here because of the critter dangers. They are messy and love to muddy up their water.
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They now live on a farm with a large pond, and are really happy.

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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
Bromeliad Adeniums Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals
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plantmanager
Jul 30, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Thanks for the pics, Tom. I'd love to have some. I bet they really love the large pond!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Aug 5, 2017 8:22 AM CST
Here's a picture of Dot and Dash at their new pond.
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
Bromeliad Adeniums Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Tropicals
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plantmanager
Aug 5, 2017 9:50 AM CST
They look very happy with their new pond!
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