Raising Ducks - 3
Easy Tips To Raise Ducks Like An Experienced Owner
Every year, more than 20 million ducks are being
raised in the United States alone, be it for fresh duck eggs or duck meat. Duck
eggs are rich and are found to contain more vitamins, calcium and iron than
chicken eggs. Meanwhile, some get involved in
raising ducks for fun, these
fine-feathered friends being naturally adorable creatures.
Raising ducks can be fun and easy. Here are a 4 easy tips to fast track your
1. The first thing to consider is the reason for
Is it for the
duck eggs and meat? Is it for raising pretty ducks for show? Once the purpose
for raising ducks is known, you may then select the best appropriate breed. For
example, the Peking Duck is best for eggs and meat. On the other hand, if your
plan is to showcase your ducks in poultry shows, then the Call Duck is a good
choice. Another breed which is good for egg-laying is the Khaki Campbell Duck.
2. Next, set up a duckling brooder.
A large cardboard box can be used, with 3 to
4 inches of dry absorbent litter. Normally used for this purpose are peat moss
and dry wood shavings. To keep the ducklings warm, you may use a 250 watt
brooder lamp or a commercial brooder heater. This should be adequate enough for
about 25 ducklings. During the warmer months of June and July, the ducklings
will spend a shorter time in the brooder.
3. Be sure to install duck feeders and waterers.
Ducks do not have teeth so they
need the water to wash down what they eat. Please make sure though that they
cannot fall into the waterer. The litter must also be kept dry to avoid mold
which can lead to disease. With regards to feeding, they need non-medicated
starter mash, crumbles or pellets, to be supplemented with vegetable greens,
worms, snails, or insects. Foods to be avoided are breads, chocolates, and nuts.
Please consult your veterinarian regarding the level of protein needed by your
ducks because it varies from age to age.
Most ducks are social animals and like to be played with and petted. These make
them ideal as pets. Then, they normally lay eggs around the sixth month, one egg
a day, usually in the morning. Considering their average life span is about
twelve years, think of all the eggs produced in that period! Raising ducks can
therefore be both enjoyable and profitable. You get both fresh eggs, and a pet
to play with. Hopefully, you will forget all about the duck meat.
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