Originally Posted by DuckLover1
We were planning on around 15 acres. We want them for pets and because we love ducks. Of course, eggs are a plus and excess ducklings/birds would be sold. I don't know if we could bring ourselves to eat them
the land we were looking at has a river going through it. I figured any waterfowl would love that lol.
In Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks
it saysThe ideal [duck] yard has a minimum of 10 to 25 square feet of ground space per duck.
And since there's 43560 square feet in 1 square acre you could have
1,742 to 4,356 ducks per acre. But I wouldn't recommend that, but duck math usually has other ideas.
I would suggest getting less than you think you'll want, especially if you want drakes, since ducks mature young and pretty soon you'll have a bunch of favorites from their babies that you'll want to keep.
I've only had ducks for a year so I don't know anymore than what I've read and the small bit of personal experience I've had. Hopefully a more experienced person will chime in with a better answer for you.
As far as breeds
Khaki Campbells, Welsh Harlequins, Magpies, Anconas, and Runners are all light weight ducks (they eat less) that are good egg layers. They're all good at foraging for their food and all but the runners and some strains of khaki campbells are calm breeds that make great pets.
Muscovies are quite, great parents, great pets, come in lots of pretty colors, and love hatching babies, their own or not.
Hope this helps you.