A Quick Guide to Raising Ducks

How to plan for farm ducks, including information on Muscovy, Indian Running and Perkin duck breeds.



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Muscovy ducks aren't noisy, have a better flavor, are very hardy and are free from disease. This trio of drake and two ducks produced 18 young ducks on their first hatchings. These ducklings are about six weeks old.
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The Muscovy is a good big duck, the mature drake weighing 10 pounds and the duck 7 pounds, and they are a very hardy, self-reliant breed. The Indian Runners weigh only 4 to 4-1/2 pounds at maturity. One important advantage of the Muscovy is that it is quackless and won't bother your neighbors. Muscovies are fliers, though, and if your fencing isn't pretty high, you may have to clip the outermost feathers from one wing.
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Coop and wire run suitable for hatching and brooding of ducklings with a hen. The bars keep hen confined, but let ducklings get sunlight and fresh air safe from dogs, cats, rats, etc. Top lifts up to allow cleaning, feeding, watering.
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Ducks are messy feeders and will waste less if pellets instead of mash are used. Here is cross section of pellet hopper used by commercial duck raisers. It can be made any size to hold from one to several hundred pounds of pellets, thus saving much labor. "Flaps" can be closed to cut down time pellets are available to the ducks, thus forcing them to forage.
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Cement bathing and drinking trough which can be easily kept clean. Only while ducks are sitting on eggs is water for bathing really necessary.
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