It’s a good feeling to be a duck farmer. Ducks live for a longer time and grow at a faster rate then poultry.
Their shelter is less expensive to build, require less management and may withstand almost any type of temps. They are highly tolerant to a lot of diseases and eat different varieties of food compared to chickens.
You can rear them as pets, for eggs and even for meat production. A great deal of farmers farm them for food production 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 gather the eggs once a day.
When starting out in raising ducks you first have to be ready and make sure your abode is suitable. First prepare space in which you are going to raise the ducks. Once you have the location then you must build a shelter (house) for your birds to relax and call home. You should also make an effort to construct an artificial pond that can be next to the shelter.
After you have done this its time to get your ducks, but before you do that you must make 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.
After you have made the decision on the number of ducks and breed you need, the next step is organizing food for them. Ducks like consuming worms, fish, aquatic plants, insects, toads and even mollusks. You may even feed them breadcrumbs and grass. This kind of food must only be given to totally grown ducks. Ducklings consume a different type of food, they eat starter breadcrumbs and mash when they are a few days old. As they grow older you may then give them bread and crackers.
To be a successful duck farmer requires commitment and the will to manage ducks. The great thing about keeping ducks is that anyone may do it, simply do your research right and find the right information.