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It’s a good feeling to be a duck farmer. These birds live longer and grow at a quicker rate then chicken. Their homes are much less expensive to construct, need less management and can withstand almost any sort of temperatures. They may be highly resistant to a lot of diseases and consume different varieties of food compared to chickens.
You can keep them as pets, for eggs and even for meat. A lot of livestock farmers keep them for food reason being they can consume the eggs and meat as well as sell the produce to make money. These birds lay their eggs in the early morning so you can just gather the eggs once a day.
When beginning keeping ducks you 1st need to 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 must construct 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.
Once you have this done its time to get your birds but before you do that you must be certain on the number of ducks you want. Don’t get a lot of birds that can get crowded in the location 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 and Perkin ducks.
When you have made the decision on the number of birds and breed you desire, the folowing step is preparing food for them. Ducks enjoy eating earthworms, fish, aquatic plants, insects, toads and even mollusks. You may even nourish them crumbs and turf. This kind of food should only be given to fully grown birds. Ducklings eat a different kind of feed, they eat starter breadcrumbs and mash when a few days old. As they grow older you can then give them pieces of bread and crackers.
To be a successful duck keeper requires dedication and the will to raise ducks. The great thing about keeping ducks is that almost any person will go through successfully, just do your research good and get the right information.