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Landon Sunrich
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I've decided to get more ducks. 2 white Pekin females and 4 unsexed Black Swedish for sure thinking of perhaps grabbing 2 hopefully female Rouens. I currently have one Male and one Female White Pekin. My end goal is a good looking self replenishing genetically diverse flock with good layers and heavy meat birds in balance. I'll link to the types and some info sheets. Comments?

Wikipedia on Rouens:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rouen_Duck

White Pekins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pekin_Duck

Swedish and black swedish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Blue_duck
http://www.metzerfarms.com/BlackSwedishDucks.cfm?Breed=Black%20Swedish&BirdType=Duck&ID=BKS

Table with many ducks
http://www.metzerfarms.com/DuckBreedComparison.cfm?CustID=2479215

Info from actual hatchery they're coming from
http://www.cacklehatchery.com/swedish.html
 
Landon Sunrich
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Cayugas are also as readily available at the feed store as the Rouens the pekins and swedes I have ordered and ship next week
 
Landon Sunrich
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Well I ended up grabbing 3 straight run Rouens today... Pekins and Swedes still on order. Damn cute ducklings...
 
Leila Rich
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I was going to say something about cayugas being like muscovies-quiet, friendly, tasty...
but with the bonus of being rather good-looking
I've never met a Rouen, but if it's good enough for the French, it's good enough for me!
 
Landon Sunrich
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Thus far I'm really digging the Rouens. I got 4 more ducks in yesterday 2 F pekings and 2 black swedes (there was either an error by the feed store or my other 2 died in shipping and they where trying to spare me the details) and I unfortunately seem to have a lame duck. I think it was my dogs fault. As soon as I got the chicks home the immediately jumped out of the Pen running in wild circles as new scared ducks are want to do. My dog, though incredibly good around ducklings, chicks, and other things which clearly pose no threat - does not know his own strength and commonly tries to help out. One of the way he does this is when to try to catch escaped ducks by gently (seriously, way way gentler than when he plays) pinning them down with his paws so I can come pick um up. I'm fairly certain that this is how the duckling got injured.

No cries of pain, but it is decidedly using one leg pretty much exclusively. I've let it chill all night and it seems to be doing fine other than the lame leg. When I picked it up and examined it I could find no obvious evidence of broken anything nor did it ever let out pained or distressed squeeks in response to my physical examination.

Is there anything I should be thinking about doing other than 'wait and see' in the past this has always worked, but the leg really seems to be totally out of commission at the moment and if it doesn't take care of itself? She seems else-wise totally healthy and content - but definitely cant keep up with the others and has a pretty hard time getting around. I am unsure how to proceed if it doesn't end up taking care of itself.
 
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