Duck, Goose, Chicken & Game Bird Hatchery

Frequently Asked Questions


How many males and females should I have?
For ducks it depends on the space they have and the flock size. If you have 10 or less, you can have pairs. Over this, you need to provide plenty of room or reduce the number of males. Unless you have a large pen with plenty of hiding areas, the ratio should be one male for every three to five females if your flock is over 25 or 30. The problem with too many males is they will become very aggressive sexually and will harm some of the weaker females. Geese can be kept as pairs with far fewer problems. In a large commercial operation, however, you would have one gander for every 2.5 to 3.5 females.

Which breed(s) would make the best pet(s) for me?

I only want one or two birds, what do I do?

How do I care for the baby birds?

When can I put them outside?

When do they become completely feathered?

When can I give them swimming water?

When do they start laying eggs?

How long can my female lay fertile eggs after my male died?

How do I pick up a duck?

How long does it take Mallards before they fly?

How do I prevent my Mallards from flying?

When should I switch from starter feed to grower feed?

Is the floor surface important with ducks and geese?

Can I keep a baby Mallard duck/Canada goose I found in the wild?

Will a single duck/goose be happy living with me?

What size must my fish be so my ducks and geese do not harm them?

Do ducks and geese get along?

Does anyone sell egg cartons for duck or goose eggs?

Can ducks and geese survive on a pond?

Do Runner ducks swim?

Can ducks and geese be outside during the winter?

Will they crossbreed?

Do ducks and geese have to have swimming water?

What causes eye problems in my ducklings?

Do you give tours?

Where do I get leg bands for older birds?

Why do my Sebastopol, Embden or Roman Tufted have black feathers?

What is a mule duck?

What causes the black spots on my duck's bill?

How do I keep ducks out of my swimming pool?

Can my ducks and geese drink and swim in chlorinated water?

Are ducks safe around children?

What is grit?

Should I provide oyster shell?

How soon does an egg have to be put in the incubator?

What do I do about my duck's dull and ragged feathers?

Where can I get native plants that ducks and geese love to eat?

What duck breeds are best to train my dog for herding?

Where do I find Call ducks and Muscovy?

How do I introduce new ducks into my flock?

What are the scientific names for ducks and geese?

So, do geese make good pets?

But, can't geese be mean or aggressive?

What about snacks for geese?

Will poultry lay eggs without any males present?

How can I get them to lay eggs in nests and sit on them?

What should I do with an egg I found?

Do I have to use an incubator?

What is the normal incubation period?

How do I know if an egg is fertile?

Can I help a bird out of the shell when it hatches?

What is the life expectancy of a duck or goose?

How do I tell males from females?

How many males and females should I have?