Hello everyone! I have been looking into getting ducks recently, but I want to be able to raise all my animal food instead of buying it. Chickens are easy enough, there are so many threads on it and I can grow just about anything and see if it works, but ducks have me stumped. I read today that ducks are mostly bug eaters so free ranging in a grassy area and growing greens in your garden won't cut it.
I was planning on raising some mealworms to suppliment my chickens diet, and next year look into roaches (which I've heard are just as easy to raise and prolific). We don't have unlimited space inside our garage and house to keep bugs out of winter weather, and I can only imagine how hard it would be raising enough to feed the ducks, especially since they lay more than chickens. I plan on getting a kiddie pool to grow some duckweed in, but we don't have an actual pond to raise fish in.
The big question is: Is it possible to grow your own duck food without a pond?
Is there a breed that is (not a mallard or muscovy) good for this kind of situation?
I live in Virginia, if that makes any difference.