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Where to Buy Ducklings (Part #1)


SO DO YOU WANT SOME DUCKS OF YOUR OWN?

As well as being great food producers, ducks make great pets. Do you want them for pets, egg production, meat or a combination? How many do you want? How much space do you have?

As pets

Ducks are social creatures and do not like to be alone. If you have one, it will drive you crazy calling for a mate. They will drive your neighbors nuts too. The hen is the worst. Drakes don't make much sound, so as a pet, they have that as a plus if you have close neighbors. The hen quacks most all the time. Chase her, she quacks. Pick her up, she quacks. Looking for a mate or companion, she quacks. So, if you want a pet, you best get at least two.

As egg layers

How many eggs do you want to produce? Choose a breed or quantity of stock that will help you achieve that goal. You do not need a drake for egg production. You do, however, need the drakes if you want to hatch out the eggs. The Campbells can produce up to 340 eggs each hen. If you want a lot of eggs, they are the ones you should acquire.

For meat

Pick one of the breeds known best for flavor and size. For the family, you might want to hatch out some eggs to keep an ongoing supply of stock. You can provide a lot of meat with a relatively small flock. Younger birds make the better meat for the table. If you want to go into it commercially, you might want to visit a larger hatchery or farm to see what you might need to get going with it.



LETS GET STARTED

Baby ducks and eggs can be shipped via USPS. There are a few hatcheries that will sell a small quantity (six or so), but most want to send larger numbers.

A little research on the Internet should find a source more local to you. Try craigslist.com or the classifieds section of your local online major newspaper like www.ksl.com, www.sfgate.com or www.ajc.com. There's also www.kijjiji.com

If you get the eggs, you will need to incubate them yourself or find a local hatchery to do it for you. Small tabletop sized incubators, where you turn the eggs yourself are available online or from a farm supply store.

For sake of this discussion, we are going to start off with having a few sent live via USPS.

Hatcheries schedule their hatches and usually have the orders filled the day the eggs begin incubation, so you might have to wait 28 days. A duck (and chickens too) come from the white portion of the egg. When it is ready to hatch, it absorbs the yolk as food which will nourish it for a couple of days. Hatcheries will ship the ducklings the day they hatch the fastest way to ensure you have them before they dehydrate or get hungry. Be sure to schedule being available when the postman comes to deliver.






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