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It is a good feeling to be a duck farmer. 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 any type of temperatures. They are highly tolerant to a lot of diseases and consume different types of food compared to chickens.
You may keep them as household pets, for eggs and even for meat production. A lot of bird farmers keep them for food reason being they can eat the eggs and meat as well as sell the produce to make revenue. These birds lay their eggs in the morning therefore you can just accumulate the eggs once a day.
When beginning raising ducks you first have to be well prepared and make sure your time is suitable. First prepare space where you are going to keep the birds. Once you have the location then you should build a shelter (house) for your birds to rest and feel at home. Its also wise to try to build an artificial pond which may be next to the house.
After you have done this it is time to get your ducks but before you do that you have be certain on the number of ducks 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 keep. There’s a number of breeds to choose from which are Rouen, Mandarin, Muscovy not forgetting Perkin ducks.
Once you have made the decision on the number of birds and breed you desire, the next step is preparing food for them. Ducks enjoy eating earthworms, fish, aquatic plants, bugs, toads and even mollusks. You may even nourish them crumbs and grass. This type of food should only be provided to fully grown ducks. Ducklings consume a different kind of feed, they eat starter crumbs and mash when a few days old. When they grow older you can then give them breads and crackers.
To be a successful duck keeper requires dedication and the will to raise ducks. The great thing about raising ducks is that anyone will go through successfully, just do your research right and get the right information.