Page 1 of 2

Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:32 pm
by seatil
Latest hatch of ducklings. Can you spot the odd one out?

Image

A bigger clue (which in itself was a BIG clue):

Image

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:46 pm
by Kracka
gosling?

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:55 pm
by Kracka
its actually a Crested gigantic duckling! :lol:

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:12 pm
by seatil
Kracka wrote:its actually a Crested gigantic duckling! :lol:


+1

Yeah, it's a gosling. Most likely a girl. Removed from negligent parents - well, mum continued sitting for 7 days after this thing hatched. Dad was not very attentive or protective, and another of our females was having a go at the gosling, so it's been up here with a chick for company the last week or so, and now has some ducklings for company.

The difference in behaviour between a gosling and a duckling is quite remarkable. I appear at the pen, and the ducklings play a game of "how many ducklings fit in a corner", and the gosling just sits there and blinks at you. Take them out of the cage and pop them on the floor - ducklings run a mile, the gosling follows you around - across the lawn, across the driveway. Dangerous game though, as the cats are very very tempted by it.

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:04 pm
by sewren
Love that pile-o-ducks photo :) :) I am seriously considering hatching some ducks at some point. Anyone know of a good online resource that will tell me what breeds are available in NZ....? (Aside from me asking tonnes of questions here, which will probably also happen!)

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:47 am
by nhb
The breeds are listed in the nz poultry standard

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:52 pm
by Kracka
not all the nz poultry standard birds are here though - there's no call type ducks (the bantam sized ones), unless someone is developing them on the quiet!
No Bali's (as far as I know - but you could make them by crossing a Crested with a Runner and then spending another 10 years getting the type right)
I need the standards in front of me to rattle off the ones I don't think are here

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:04 pm
by seatil
No idea about online resources, but the Silver Appleyards get a big tick from me. Our girls lay 5-6 large white eggs per week. The ducklings grow up fast and big (good if you're into eating your own excess drakes). And of course they're pretty to look at too.

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:50 pm
by sewren
Cheers guys, I ended up looking at the rare breeds website and the silver appleyards stood out as a possible good option so good to hear that confirmed. We would definitely be looking at using them for both eggs and meat.

SO, is there anything I need to know about hatching duck eggs under a chook, anything you need to do differently? And if I normally put 8 chicken eggs under a broody how many duck eggs do you reckon she could handle? Half a dozen...?

Also, something that has always confused me and might be a stupid question - why don't domestic ducks fly away....? Are they just too big for their wings like some larger chooks...? :?

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:58 pm
by seatil
As a rough idea, my incubator takes 18 size 6-7 hens eggs, but only 12 appleyard eggs. So somewhere between 4 and 6 appleyard eggs, depending on how large your chicken eggs usually are.

Our ducks definitely have the wrong brick : wing ratio for flying. They can glide down a slope, and if pressured will jump and flap a short distance (3-4m) along the flat.

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:02 pm
by seatil
A quick weigh of the eggs in our kitchen: 83-90g for the duck, 72-74g for the hylines.

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:24 pm
by sewren
Sweet cheers, I think I might wait for one of the bigger chooks to go broody so I can get a few more under. Although most of them are untested mothers so not sure starting them on ducks is a good plan - they'll probably be very confused on hatch day! :lol:

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:37 pm
by seatil
sewren wrote:Although most of them are untested mothers so not sure starting them on ducks is a good plan - they'll probably be very confused on hatch day! :lol:


I did a first-timer on ducks. Hatched half under her and half in the incubator, then grafted the incubator lot onto her as well. She spent the next six weeks chasing after them like a headless chook - they completed ignored her when they didn't need her for heat. That was 12 months ago. She hasn't dared go broody since!

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:19 pm
by Kracka
I've had chickens (and a turkey) brood duck eggs, just so long as the hen is big enough to handle the eggs - that's something you'll need to judge

the hens generally look a bit confused when their babies pile into the water (make sure its shallow & easy to climb out of - I found a heavy terracotta saucer makes a good first week(s) paddling pool)

they're messy - they LOVE water & making puddles/digging little holes in the mud

and they can see in the dark - so trying to catch them after dark is a complete waste of time!

I've got Khaki Campbells - brown duck that lays eggs... lots! I don't attempt the eating them, probably not as big as the Silver Appleyards. Baking with duck eggs is just SUPERB

Re: Ducklings (plus Spot The Odd One Out)

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:03 pm
by seatil
Because one set of photos is never enough, and a paint tray provides a great photo shoot opportunity...

All pile in!

Image

Too cute not to include:

Image

Water everywhere!

Image

Who invited the Goose?!

Image

Everyone run! It's about to get mega splashy around here!

Image

A wet goose...

Image

And a wet duck...

Image