Poultry Farming – Ducks

If you’ve been thinking about getting into poultry farming, you may want to consider raising ducks. There are many different breeds to choose from and resources available to tell you how. Here are few suggestions to get you started.

Do some research. It helps to know what types of breeds of ducks are available to you. How you raise them largely depends on what you intend to do with them.

Some ducks are bred as pets and entered in poultry contests or sold to towns or cities to live in their ponds. Other varieties are valued for their meat and are given special diets to make them plump and desirable for the commercial market.

Duck eggs are prized in some cultures. Still, other breeds are praised for their self-sufficiency which enables farmers to raise them easily.

The type of ducks you select may depend on the amount and type of land you have. Generally, ducks require a yard large enough to allow for duck coops. It should have fencing to keep out predators.

If you’re going to raise ducks, it’s probably easier if you get them when they are young. They are usually easy to care for but may require more work than adult ducks may be.

When they are babies you can learn what types of food they eat, how to clean their coops and what temperatures are best for them. It may be harder to jump into the duck business starting with an adolescent or adult ducks.

The good news is that at about six months your ducks should begin laying eggs. Some ducks are better at laying eggs than others. A productive duck may lay as at least one egg a day. That should get you on your way to making some money on the endeavor.