Thread: Ducks for Meat and Eggs.
03-19-2017, 05:53 PM #31
03-19-2017, 06:27 PM #32
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I'm in an HOA of 1-3 acre lots. if I buy 100 ducks and let them lose in the neighborhood where are they likely to lay their eggs? Will they all migrate to one common area or will they group out with one possible group ending up on my land?
No live stock is allowed here so a chicken coupe type setup isn't going to fly.
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03-19-2017, 08:59 PM #33
03-21-2017, 11:19 AM #34
Like matefrio says you can build nest houses that will encourage them to lay in one spot, but realistically they just lay wherever they damn well feel like it. Everyday is an egg hunt.
I'd be worried that the HOA would determine they are a nuisance and have them removed.
Last edited by TheDan; 03-21-2017 at 11:22 AM.
03-21-2017, 02:09 PM #35
They are close to being ready to be on their own in a coop outside.
I guarantee the smell and the mess they make will push them out of your home.
At this age, they need very little space but you will need to consider that each duck will eventually need at least around 3 sqft to be comfortable. Size the coop accordingly.
Once their fuzzy fur drops off and first feathers start coming in, they will molt them within a month thus if you don't have a rake you better get one... with 10 ducks you will have a mess on your hands if not maintained daily, and if it gets windy everyone will know you have ducks.
The subsequent set of feathers from here on will be their flight feathers, thus you will need to look into clipping each duck with a set of scissors. There are good video's on youtube on how to do this.
Avoid the blood feather(s), and it's easy to do.
Get prepared for eggs at this point. The hens will lay 1 to 2 eggs per day depending on diet and the amount of shell in their food."Never surrender your weapon to anyone who desires to see you defenseless and dependent upon the establishment for your well being." - ME!
03-21-2017, 02:26 PM #36
03-21-2017, 02:55 PM #37
03-21-2017, 04:27 PM #38
Well, I'm now a customer of premier1supplies.com. I'll have fences and charger in by the weekend I hope. Now I need to make a tough decision on portable duck housing.
03-22-2017, 08:34 AM #39
What will make it easier on you is to build a couple nesting houses. I've made a couple that are 30"x18"x18". A floor of 1/4" hardware cloth about 2" above the ground and a nice bed of hay. They lay in it pretty reliably. I had intended to bolt on some lawn mower wheels to the sides to make them easy to move around, but it's easy enough to just drag it around
03-24-2017, 11:16 AM #40
About a pound each now at 3 weeks.