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We are following Carol Deppe's advice for the Resilient Gardener and hope to start our ducks this year, having a fully established pond and duck enclosure.  However, I am having the devil of a time finding Ancona ducks here.  I don't suppose there is anyone out there who supplies fertile eggs or live ducklings to Northern Spain?  Otherwise I'll have to go for Muscavoys, cos that's the deal we made with each other.  I'm not keen but him indoors saw that they were very tasty.  First come, first served up - with orange sauce.

 
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I got Ancona ducks because of Carol Deppe's book and others saying how fantastic they are. And, while I love mine (they are beautiful!), I honestly don't think that they are significantly better than other multi-purpose  ducks, like khaki campbells or runner ducks or other medium-weight ducks. I do love my ancona drakes because they aren't as...horny...as other males, and defer to the females more. But, I don't really notice them being markedly better foragers than my other breeds of ducks, or my mixed-breed ducks. . I once had a ancona X domestic mallard duck that laid the most beautiful, huge, teal eggs. She was my best layer, too.

From what I've heard, muscovies have a tendency to go broody...which is great if you want meat, but not so good if you want lots of eggs. Once one duck goes broody, the others soon follow, usually one week after another, and soon you've got no more eggs to eat and mothers who won't lay again for probably 6 months.

I know that Burra (who's in Portugal) loves her muscovies, and others like them, too. I've never had them, but I can say that most medium-weight duck breeds are great. Mine eat spiders, slugs, wood lice and all sorts of little creepy crawlies in the soil.
 
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Im not sure about anything closer to northern spain, but metzer farms ( www.merzerfwrms.com) in the US ships ducks internationally. They dont have ancona, but they do have a large assortment. Perhaps they can help you get the flock you want.

Cheers
Bryan
 
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Thank you Brian. Will look into this.
 
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