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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:02 am 
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What are good layers but quite as far as water fowl?Ducks to be exact.


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 Post subject: Re: Quite water fowl.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:12 am 
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In what sense do you mean quiet, Ruben? Do you mean "not noisy"

or quiet as in tame and "not flightly"/ "not easily alarmed"?

The Mallard-derived ducks quack, the Muscovy don't.

Campbells are good layers and my Mallards are also. I haven't kept other breeds for a long time.


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 Post subject: Re: Quite water fowl.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:32 pm 
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Hi Ruben,

Muscovys are very quiet but don't lay very good

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 Post subject: Re: Quite water fowl.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:31 pm 
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I have Bantam Buff orpingtons as well as a few other bantam ducks and I would say that the Bantam Buff Orpingtons are not 'quiet' in any way shape or form, but are moderately good layers. (just from my experience).

But would like Ruben to be a bit more specific :D as it is a good question and needs a good answer :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Quite water fowl.
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:10 pm 
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For some reason I was sure I wrote something to this earlier :hmmm:

Muscovies are the only breed of duck which can truely be classed as quiet. While they do not have a fantastic history for being good layers, mine have laid very well for months now- and while I know that it has been breeding season, I am sure they have each outdone the "average" muscovy laying rate of 100 eggs per year! I have six mature girls, all have tried to hatch clutches, three got their way, some have tried to go broody several times, yet on top of this I manage to get between 2 and 6 eggs a day (Also competing with the dogs who gets them first). I really should keep an egg tally, but when I leave early for work and let the ducks and dogs out I can't really control who gets what :(

I couldn't recomend them more highly. Not sure if their is such thing as a "better" laying line of mussies but if you get two or three you should get the BEST eggs you have ever tasted for a good enough part of the year!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:46 am 
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Hi Flogs ,There are better egg laying strains of Muscovy as with most birds . Yours sound pretty good and you'll find if you keep taking the eggs away it helps to keep laying and stop going broody (or at least help ) . Young birds tend to lay a lot better even though a slightly smaller egg .
Hi Ruben , You'll find the only "full proof " quiet "ducks" although technically not ducks, are the Muscovies. If you want more eggs you can't go past Campbells or Runners BUT ducks can be noisy . You can help to reduce this . Ducks like to eat and they like company . Most times when ducks " go off" it is because they are hungry and they see you and this equates to being feed. Keep a few ducks (with a drake ) and keep them well feed with a good pond and the noise will be reduced.


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