Duck Information

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    A POOL FULL OF DUCKS

    INTRO
    Ducks come in all sorts of sizes and colors. Ducks can be raised for exhibition, pets, eggs, and meat. The skin should be yellow or a pinkish white for birds raised for meat. Males are usually more colorful and have a little curl at the end of the tail they are called drakes. Female ducks are called ducks, not hens.

    DUCKLINGS
    They can be brooded like chicks except that they need ½ of a square foot for two weeks that should be doubled every two weeks until four square feet. Temperature should be 90 degrees F three inches above the litter. Place the ducklings under the heat source. After ten days reduce the temperature by 5 degrees F slowly or they might die. They must stay dry and clean with fresh air in their brooder without drafts and they mustn’t get too wet for three weeks. Put rags or burlap bags on the ground for the first weeks if they are on a wire floor. If they are raised on wire floor use 3/8 of an inch, don’t put small and bantams on it. The bedding shouldn’t be fine because they risk ingesting it. Give free access to food and water and make sure it’s large enough for their heads. Do not feed medicated feed, use a starter mash that you can find at the local feed mill. Feed starter for the first three weeks, then change to a grower mix. You can give small amounts of grit and small greens when they’re three weeks old. After six weeks they should be able to be free range.

    HOUSING,PREDATORS AND PARASITES
    Housing
    Duck require four to five feet per bird. Geese require five to six feet .One nest holds four-five hens. One idea for a nest is a barrel with one side open as long as it is secured to not roll.

    Predators
    They can be avoided with fencing and storing feed in metal storage bins. But if you have hawks attract crows with dog food and honey.

    Parasites
    External Parasites like lice and mites can be removed by washing the birds with a lice shampoo or dusting them with a product designed for that purpose.
    Internal Parasites like tapeworms can be removed with wormer.

    CLASSES OF DUCKS
    Heavy

    Medium

    Light

    Bantam


    DUCK BREEDS
    Heavy

    Class: Heavy
    Breed: Gray Rouen
    Weight:
    Old drake: 10 lbs Old duck: 9 lbs
    Young drake: 9 lbs Young duck: 8 lbs
    Disqualifications:
    Bill: clear yellow, blue, lead colored
    Neck: white ring for ducks / no ring for drakes
    Wing: white in primaries
    Recognized: meat, ornamental
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 40-60
    Characteristics: yellow skin, large deep keel


    Class: Heavy
    Breed: Silver Appleyard
    Weight:
    Old drake: 9 lbs Old duck: 8 lbs
    Young drake: 8 lbs Young duck: 7 lbs
    Disqualifications:
    Bill: solid blue, lead colored
    Recognized: meat, ornamental, eggs
    Flight: no


    Class: Heavy
    Breed: Blue Muscovy
    Weight:
    Old drake: 12 lbs Old duck: 7 lbs
    Young drake: 10 lbs Young ducks: 6 lbs
    Disqualifications:
    Head: smooth
    Wing: more then 10 percent white in the bow and bar area
    Recognized: meat /eggs
    Flight: Yes
    Eggs: 60-120
    Characteristics: red warty face, voice less hiss

    Medium


    Class: Medium
    Breed: Blue Swedish
    Weight:
    Old drake: 8 lbs Old Duck: 7lbs
    Young drake: 7 lbs Young duck: 6 lbs
    Disqualifications
    Bills: yellow
    Brest: no white
    Plumage: more then ¼ that’s not blue
    Recognized: Ornamental
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 60-100
    Characteristics: blue plumage, white breast


    Class: Medium
    Breed: Buff
    Weight:
    Old drake: 8 lbs Old Duck: 7lbs
    Young drake: 7 lbs Young duck: 6 lbs
    Disqualifications
    Plumage: is not buff or seal brown
    Neck: white ring
    Recognized: ornamental, meat
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 60-100
    Characteristics: buff plumage


    Class: Medium
    Breed: Black Cayuga
    Weight:
    Old drake: 8 lbs Old Duck: 7lbs
    Young drake: 7 lbs Young duck: 6lbs
    Disqualifications
    Body: white
    Recognized: Ornamental
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 60-100
    Characteristics: green sheen


    Light

    Class: Light
    Breed: White Runner
    Weight:
    Old drake: 4 ½ lbs Old Duck: 4lbs
    Young drake: 4 lbs Young duck: 3 ½ lbs
    Disqualifications
    Plumage: not White or creamy
    Recognized: ornamental, eggs
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 100-150
    Characteristics: tall upright


    Class: Light
    Breed: Khaki Campbell
    Weight:
    Old drake: 4 ½ lbs Old Duck: 4lbs
    Young drake: 4 lbs Young duck: 3 ½ lbs
    Disqualifications
    Bill: yellow
    Plumage: White seeable from out side cage
    Recognized: eggs
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 200-300
    Characteristics: seal brown plumage


    Class: Light
    Breed: Black and White Magpie
    Weight:
    Old drake: 5 lbs Old Duck: 4 ½ lbs
    Young drake: 4 ½ lbs Young duck: 4 lbs
    Recognized: ornamental
    Flight: no
    Eggs: 30-60


    Bantamn


    Class: Bantam
    Breed: White Call
    Weight:
    Old drake: 26 oz Old Duck: 20 oz
    Young drake: 22 oz Young duck: 18 oz
    Disqualifications
    Plumage: not white or creamy
    Recognized: ornamental
    Flight: yes
    Eggs: 20-50
    Characteristics: small, round



    Class: Bantam
    Breed: Black East Indie
    Weight:
    Old drake: 30 oz Old Duck: 24 oz
    Young drake: 26 oz Young duck: 22 oz
    Disqualifications
    Plumage: white seeable from outside of cage
    Recognized: ornamental
    Flight: yes
    Eggs: 20-50
    Characteristics: green sheen


    Class: Bantam
    Breed: Gray Call
    Weight:
    Old drake: 40 oz Old Duck: 36 oz
    Young drake: 36 oz Young duck: 30 oz
    Disqualifications
    Plumage: not similar to the wild mallard
    Recognized: ornamental
    Flight: yes
    Eggs: 20-50
    Characteristics: similar to the wild mallard


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