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It’s a good feeling to be a duck owner. These birds live longer and grow at a quicker rate then chicken. Their houses are much less expensive to construct, need less management and could withstand almost almost any temperatures. They are highly resilient to a lot of diseases and consume different varieties of food compared to chickens.
You can keep them as household pets, for eggs and even for meat. 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 income. These birds lay their eggs in the morning so you can just gather the eggs once a day.
When beginning keeping ducks you first need to be well prepared and make sure your time is suitable. 1st prepare space where you are going to raise the ducks. When you have the location then you should construct a shelter (house) for your birds to rest and feel at home. You must also try to construct an artificial pond which may be next to the house.
After you have done this its time to get your birds but before you do that you must make sure on the number of birds you want. Do not get a lot of birds that will get crowded in the location you have for them. Also choose the right kind of breed you want to raise. They are a number of breeds to choose from which are Rouen, Mandarin, Muscovy not forgetting Perkin ducks.
Once you have made the decision on the quantity of ducks and breed you want, the folowing step is preparing food for them. These birds enjoy eating worms, fish, aquatic plants, insects, toads and even mollusks. You may even feed them crumbs and grass. This sort of food must only be given to fully grown birds. Ducklings eat a different kind of feed, they eat starter crumbs and mash when they are a few days old. As they grow older you can then give them pieces of bread and crackers.
To be a successful duck farmer requires dedication and the desire to raise these birds. The great thing on keeping ducks is that anyone can do it, just do your research good and get the expert guidelines.