August 21, 2012 at 1:11 am #525815
Kristy – Ollie’s grandfather had a favourite hen too. She was featherless on the back of her neck from all the, ahem, attention he would give her. My friend ended up keeping an extra female duck so that he could share his randy attention around instead of chasing the poor hen all the time!August 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm #525816
Bel so Ollie is randy lol 😛 I have been wondering if Ollie and Cleo are too young to try and see if she will sit on eggs if I leave them in there when it warms up later on. Do you remember what month you started leaving eggs for them to sit on? I have been then wondering about keeping another female duck. Is there a problem with inbreeding with ducks do you know?August 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm #525817
Yep, I’d definitely say he’s randy – it’s coming into spring after all. I let Lucky sit in her first year and she was a great mum. I can’t remember what month it was, but if you count back about a month before you got Ollie and Cleo, it would’ve been then. I’m not sure how long you can ‘inbreed’ for without it being a problem. Ollie & Cleo’s grandparents are definitely not related, but Lucky and Daffy (Ollie & Cleo’s parents) are brother/sister. I wonder if that’s why we got all brown ducklings even though both Daffy and his Dad were white/multi-coloured…. None of the ducklings appeared to have any genetic abnormalities though. Someone else may be able to give you a more precise answer.August 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm #525818
Well today has been an exciting day. The ducks didn’t have their wings clipped properly and after their second day the two hens flew away! They flew off when it got dark and I was out so by the time I got home I had no idea where they were in the dark. I was having nightmares about searching for ducks and I was very upset!! Poor Mr Darcy the drake was very lonely.
So this morning I found them at a neighbour’s house and unlike my puny yard he’s on an acre or so and these ducks didn’t know or trust me yet so they weren’t keen to be caught. Also I’m a bit green to poultry still and try to be very careful that I don’t hurt them. Well I ended up chasing these girls for ages, in a storm too! Eventually the neighbour got home and he’s a retired Italian bloke who knew exactly what to do. He caught them, clipped the wings properly and helped me get them home.
For now they’re in the chicken cage and tonight I’ll be putting the chickens in manually and they can cohabit at night. I won’t let the ducks out for a week. Eventually I want to put the ducks in my old shed, but I started cleaning out the shed yesterday and I saw a rat and a nest 🙁August 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm #525819
Oh dear, the fun and games of learning about new animals! My new baby chooks are roosting on top of the cage within the chook pen! We originally put it in for the first baby chooks when we had 3 Isa’s.. We will remove it and hopefully they will use the roost! It is higher then the roost so I assume this is why they are up there! We have had 4 or 5 ducks hanging around for a few days… I think they sleep in the gum trees???
Bel, what is the chook in your pic? Is it a silver laced wyandotte or silver campine or something else??August 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #525820
Miaowzen., i bet you were happy to find the ducks! And always nice to have helpful neighbors.August 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm #525821
lmd80 post=347983 wrote: Bel, what is the chook in your pic? Is it a silver laced wyandotte or silver campine or something else??
She’s Wendy, my silver-laced wyandotte. I bought some fertile eggs from a breeder in Hahndorf last summer and hatched them under my broodies. Due to some complications with the broodies and their nest/s, she was the only hatchling to survive, so she’s extra special. She’s got such beautiful colouring and is a lovely gentle, quiet bird.September 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm #525822
Shes gorgeous Bel…sounds like the same breeder I got my eggs from. 🙂
Sorry I have been absent for awhile, been busy with work placement, work and baby wrangling. All my chooks are back laying their little hearts out…Im getting about 8 eggs a day! Hoping one will go broody soon so I can hatch some eggs. 😀September 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm #525823
Ravyk post=348435 wrote: Shes gorgeous Bel…sounds like the same breeder I got my eggs from. 🙂
Sorry I have been absent for awhile, been busy with work placement, work and baby wrangling. All my chooks are back laying their little hearts out…Im getting about 8 eggs a day! Hoping one will go broody soon so I can hatch some eggs. 😀
I was impressed with the breeder – just a biggish block back off the main street.
Hope little Ember is well and your work placement has been fun. My chooks are back laying too – about 5-7 eggs a day between the 10 of them which isn’t too bad. I’d love some more chicks too – one can never have too many chooks. Just don’t tell the council. Shhhh!September 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm #525824
I am loving my chookies too. They make me laugh and the eggs are so delicious. I’d be happy with more, but i’ve already got four hens and three ducks in the one night cage and in the mornings the chickens holler to be let out. I am liking the chickens much more than the ducks; the ducks are rather antisocial and I haven’t named the two girls. I suppose they’re antisocial because muscovies are raised for meat, so why trust the human!September 5, 2012 at 12:14 am #525825
Sounds about the same here, lots of eggs.. yummy yummy eggs! But .. no sitting hens.. yet!
Miaowzen, what sort of pond do you have set up for the ducks?? (you may have mentioned it,but i forget 🙂 ) i always think i’d love some ducks, but I have been told many times that keeping their water/pond clean is hard work?????September 5, 2012 at 2:09 am #525826
Muscovies hardly need any water, they only need to immerse their bills. I just have a plastic storage tub with water in it and they dirty it pretty quickly because they use it to filter dirt, but they don’t swim/poop in it so I just tip out the mud every day or two and it’s fine. They also drink from the chicken’s water even though they can’t immerse their bills in that, and it stays clean.
I don’t have any duck eggs yet, but I’ve seen Mr Darcy chasing the girls around!!
They eat a huge amount of pellets, much more than chickens. Perhaps three times more. I’ll see how it goes with my first lot of ducklings. If I don’t think it’s economical I might sell them and get more chickens instead. The chickens eat 2-3kg per week. Chickens plus three ducks eat 8kg per week. The ducks are very cute though and if I could get an opportunity to handle the ducklings they might get to know me better than the wary adult ducks do. Chickens on the other hand get into everything, they are friendly 🙂September 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm #525827
Vickie post=348449 wrote: Sounds about the same here, lots of eggs.. yummy yummy eggs! But .. no sitting hens.. yet!
Miaowzen, what sort of pond do you have set up for the ducks?? (you may have mentioned it,but i forget 🙂 ) i always think i’d love some ducks, but I have been told many times that keeping their water/pond clean is hard work?????
We had a fibreglass pond for our 2 x indian runner ducks. Eventually the maintenance became too much for us. They poo everywhere and it’s very sloppy. They eat all the choicest fruit & veg (like strawberries and pea plants). Their pond got cleaned every weekend and by then was incredibly stinky and in need of a clean out. They also had a hanging waterer to drink out of which was cleaned daily because they could even make that dirty! They were very friendly – too friendly. When locked in their pen at night, they would quack continually in the morning to be let out. If we had a property it would’ve been a different story, so we gave them to someone on a farm. The one clutch of ducklings we had were gorgeous, but so much poo!! And they flick their pellets everywhere when eating – more mess than anything.September 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm #525828
I love having chooks 🙂 I got my first two hens in Jan 2009 and they were just lovely. I got two more a little over a year later but by the time I was 8mths pregnant I needed to rehome all 4 of them as my huz was in Afghanistan and I had a toddler and a dog to look after and it was a bit much. I sent the dog on a holiday too. My ILs took my 4 chooks pushing their flock to 6 and then rehomed two of them to a neighbour but they don’t remember which ones! So I have no idea what happened to my chookies, I do miss them.
We now have a light sussex bantam that we adopted last year from a family who was being posted away. She did have a companion but she died before we got her, but her and our dog have bonded really well, it’s very cute (they cuddle up together and everything! Stick to each other like glue). She was free range at our last house but we moved in June and we keep her in her pen now so as not to get poop everywhere, especially as I’m 7.5mths preg and I need to reduce how much work needs to be done around here! She began laying again last month after her winter break and her little white eggs are so lovely 🙂September 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm #525829
Or better still give it some fertile eggs to sit on!
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