It’s a wonderful feeling to be a duck owner. Ducks live longer and grow at a faster rate then chicken. Their houses are less expensive to build, require less management and can withstand almost any kind of temperatures. They are highly resistant to a lot of diseases and eat different kinds of food compared to chickens.
You can raise them as pets, for eggs and even for meat production. A lot of farmers raise them for food because they can eat the eggs and meat as well as sell the produce to make extra money. Ducks lay their eggs in the morning so you can just collect the eggs once a day.
When starting out in raising ducks you first have to be well prepared and make sure your abode is suitable. First prepare space where you are going to raise the ducks. Once you have the location then you should build a shelter (house) for your ducks to rest and call home. You should also try to build an artificial pond which can be next to the house.
After you have done this its time to get your ducks but before you do that you must be sure on the number of ducks you want. Don’t get a lot of ducks that will get crowded in the space you have for them. Also choose the right type of breed you want to keep. They are a number of breeds to choose from which are Rouen, Mandarin, Muscovy and Perkin ducks.
Once you have made the decision on the number of ducks and breed you want, the next step is preparing food for them. Ducks like eating worms, fish, aquatic plants, insects, toads and even mollusks. You can even feed them crumbs and grass. This type of food should only be given to fully grown ducks. Ducklings eat a different kind of food, they eat starter crumbs and mash when they are a few days old. As they grow older you can then give them bread and crackers.
To be a successful duck farmer requires dedication and the will to raise ducks. The nice thing about raising ducks is that anyone can do it, just do your research right and get the right information.