New to Ducks...what should I know?


12 Years
Mar 6, 2011
We just picked up two ducks from our local feed store. They were labeled as "straight run," which means we have no clue what gender or breed. We picked them up as pets, so we really don't care.

We have raised chickens, but never ducks. Any pointers would be appreciated.

Thanks bunches!
well I cannot give you any tips on duck keeping, I will be new to that too this year, but I wanted to say
I have ducks. They are messier than chickens. After they were fully feathered and big enough to venture out on the lake on their own, we put them up at night and let them do their own thing during the day. Oh and mine love lettuce and tomatos.

Good luck with the duckies! They are fun to watch.
Could you post some pictures so we can try and identify them?

Ducks need their water changed several times a day as they need to fully submerge their heads to clean their eyes.

Ideally, they will need a pond of some sort, it could be a fish pond but larger, and that should be changed every few days.

If you have females, you will need to provide crushed oyster shells so they can form their eggs.

We need to find out what gender they are - you can keep same sex groups together but you shouldn;t have one of each as in the breeding season, the female will be over-mated and will be attacked - you can keep one male to three females.

You can offer them treats such as sweetcorn, chopped cucumber, lettuce, chopped tomoatoes, peas etc.

When they start molting, provide them with chopped boiled eggs as extra protein so they can get over it quickly.

I hope this helps! Feel free to ask me questions!

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