Choose Keeping Ducks? For Meat, Eggs Or Pets?
and keeping ducks is becoming popular nowadays, on par with raising chicken.
Primarily raised for their meat, more than 20 million ducks are being raised in
the United States every year. Though they lay fewer eggs compared to chicken,
their eggs are larger and tastier, plus they contain more nutrients too. Keeping
ducks for business is relatively less troublesome too since ducks requires
non-elaborate housing facilities. Compared to chicken, ducks need less attention
and less space for rearing.
In choosing a business, why pick keeping ducks? It is because they are
considered one of the most versatile of the avian species. Their bodies are
strong and can keep themselves well in wide ranges of climatic and nutritional
conditions. These means that raising them is inexpensive.
Since they do not lay plenty of eggs, it is advised to keep the eggs for food or
for hatching. Note that they actually can produce more eggs but they will have
to eat more egg-laying feeds, 75 percent more compared to chicken, so it will
not be economical.
Most raisers choose keeping ducks of the Pekin breed. The Pekin duck, also
called the Long Island Duck, is a domesticated kind of duck, bred from the
Mallard of China. They are better egg producers than other breeds and they gain
weight quickly too. More than 90 percent of duck meat consumed in the US is from
Pekin ducks. A 4-7 month mature Pekin duck, on the average, weighs about 9-10
Housing for keeping ducks is also inexpensive. It can be made from light
materials such as bamboo or wood. A space of about 3 to 4 square feet is
advisable for every duck. As much as possible, the house should be placed in a
nearby moving body of water like a stream. A pond or paddling pool may also work
but regular water replacement, about once every two weeks, is advisable. Duck
droppings can make the water green in no time. They need water bodies to swim
and exercise. But only allow them to swim up to 2 hours so they don't get over
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