9 Reasons Why Raising Ducks Might Be a Better Option Than Chickens



Many folks these days are keeping backyard chickens in suburbs, on homesteads or even in city-based coops. If you don't have a few chickens of your own by now, you probably know someone who does. Many of us have a desire to reconnect with our food and the agricultural foundation of our country as well as to do nifty "green" things like keeping a few farm animals around. But have you ever considered ducks as an alternative to chickens to fulfill these duties? These fine feathered friends often have even more advantages than the now-common backyard chicken.

Duck Eggs are Larger, More Cost-Efficient, Less Likely to Cause Allergic Reactions

In general, duck eggs are larger than the average chicken egg. Some breeds of ducks can lay consistently for a longer period of time than chickens. Remember, you're feeding these birds that feed you, so you'll want to consider which is the better investment. Many people these days seem to be developing egg allergies; in some cases, duck eggs can be a viable alternative.

Tasty Meat

Ducks are a delicacy in most areas, commanding top dollar at fine restaurants. It takes about two to four months to raise ducks for meat, which is shorter than most meat chickens. The fat from ducks is wonderful for cooking and baking. In addition, you'll know that your meat was raised in healthy conditions with good feed and limited or no exposure to harmful chemicals or medications. Ducks also contain significant nutrients compared with other common meats.

Ducks Prefer Simple Homes

Happily laying ducks that have plenty of food, water and friends are easy to keep together. Building a two-foot high inexpensive pallet fence is an easy and efficient way to keep them contained. If you let them free range in the daytime, ducks can be herded back to their coop quickly. Ducks also do not need any sort of perch or nest boxes. Simply give them plenty of clean straw, and they will happily make their nest in the corner and find a comfy spot to sleep at night.

Since ducks have an oil gland in their tail that produces waterproofing oils when they splash water on themselves, it is important for them to have some water to bathe. A kiddie pool is an easy and inexpensive way to provide a clean water source for bathing and preening.

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