I have a few breeding pairs of these ducks that I reared from hatch (day 1). They are very sweet, they get along very well with me and my daughter and the other ducks they are housed with. They are very small but are very hardy for their size. In fact they don't seem to notice that they are smaller than the other ducks at all! They are absolutely beautiful and their color is stunning.
I have reared 6 this year. I find them bossy towards other ducks, but they are really friendly toward us. Very inquisitive and can fly with ease. The fact our ducks have plenty of space to graze they tend not to want to fly off. I love their colour. Such stunning colours in the day light. I wouldn't part with mine. But you do need some experience owning this breed
Hi I have been raising black East indie ducks for two years now and I've had an amazing experience with them . They are extremely friendly I've never had any experience with aggression we pet ours all the time I have two small children that they follow around . Ours free range on our property with are two German Shepherd's for protection and as soon as they see us coming they either fly over to us or start quacking . We have a family of 10 of them three boys and seven girls we absolutely love them they're great family pets ! I have beautiful gardens everywhere they do not do too much damage to the gardens I honestly could never see myself without them !
These were our first ducks and have only ever been a delight and never a problem. Exceptionally beautiful, they are definitely an ornamental breed only. The laying period is only two months of the year (usually may/june). I did try the eggs but they are, even for a duck egg, too strong to be pleasant.
They don't like to be picked up so we only handle them when necessary but they have only ever been aggressive when sitting or protecting ducklings. The drakes are hugely attentive towards the ducks/ducklings and the group has an obviously strong bond, regularly chasing off my chickens when they get too close. We have never had any health problems and mostly leave them to get on with their own devices with as little interference as possible. This also seems to be the best strategy when it comes to breeding, and when left alone they have proved great mums. One even adopted a wild mallard orphan duckling someone had brought to us.
Black East Indies are beautiful ducks but they are not a beginners breed at all. I would recommend that the Black East Indies is kept in a similar manner to wild species of ducks. They need time, patience and experience to keep happy.
The drakes are defensive and the ducks not terribly friendly, neither gender is a good choice for a young family. However for experienced poultry keepers this is a smashing bantam duck with bags of character.
Searched for a breeding pair of these for ages, found the male very aggressive towards me, my other animals and my other ducks. Layed very few eggs. Don't make good domestic ducks.