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It is a good feeling to be a duck owner. These birds live longer and develop at a faster rate then chicken. Their houses are much less expensive to build, need less management and can withstand almost almost any temperatures. They may be highly resistant to a lot of diseases and consume different sorts of food compared to chickens.
You can raise them as domestic pets, for eggs and even for meat production. A lot of bird farmers keep them for food because they can consume the eggs and meat as well as sell the produce to make money. These birds lay their eggs in the morning hours so you can just accumulate the eggs once a day.
When beginning raising ducks you 1st must be well prepared and make sure your time is suitable. First prepare space where you are going to keep 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 may be next to the house.
After you have this done its time to get your birds but before you do that you have make sure on the number of birds you want. Do not get a lot of birds that could possibly get crowded in the space you have for them. Also select the right kind of breed you want to keep. They are several types of breeds to choose from which are Rouen, Mandarin, Muscovy not forgetting Perkin ducks.
When you have made the decision on the quantity of birds and breed you want, the next step is preparing food for them. Ducks enjoy eating worms, fish, aquatic plants, insects, toads and even mollusks. You may even feed them crumbs and turf. This sort of food should only be given to fully grown birds. Ducklings consume a different kind of feed, they eat starter crumbs and mash when a few days old. As they grow older you can then give them breads and crackers.
To be a productive duck keeper needs dedication and the desire to raise these birds. The great thing about keeping ducks is that anyone will go through successfully, just do your research right and get the expert guidelines.