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It’s a wonderful feeling to be a duck farmer. Ducks live longer and grow at a quicker rate then chicken. Their houses are much less expensive to build, need less management and could withstand almost almost any temperatures. They are highly tolerant to a lot of diseases and eat different types of food in contrast to chickens.
You can raise them as domestic pets, for eggs and even for meat. A lot of livestock farmers keep 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 hours so you can just accumulate the eggs once a day.
When beginning keeping ducks you first have to be well prepared and make sure your abode 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 feel at 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 ducks but before you do that you have make sure on the number of birds you want. Don’t get a lot of birds that will get crowded in the area you have for them. Also choose the right kind of breed you want to raise. There’s quite a few of breeds to choose from which are Rouen, Mandarin, Muscovy plus Perkin ducks.
When you have made the decision on the quantity of birds and breed you need, the next step is preparing food for them. Ducks like eating worms, fish, aquatic plants, bugs, toads and even mollusks. You can even feed them crumbs and turf. This sort of food should only be directed at fully grown ducks. Ducklings eat 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 farmer needs dedication and the desire to raise these birds. The nice thing on raising ducks is that almost any person will go through successfully, just do your research good and get the right guidelines.