Ok - Do I have the general idea of duck raising down?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mom2jedi, May 20, 2011.

  1. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All right, if we decide to add ducks to our mini-farm I think I have done enough reading to have a good idea of what is required for ducks and how they are different than chickens. Am I missing anything?

    Housing - anything from a large doghouse to a coop as long as it's secure at night (will be separate from the chicken coop)
    Food - Flock Raiser or layena once they are laying (if I understand it correctly, they can eat chicken food right?) and fresh veggies (ducks are herbivores right not omnivores like chickens?)
    Water - must be available near their food at all times
    Pond/Pool - not anything huge necessarily but they will like to have water big enough to play in separate from their drinking water
    Run - pea gravel seems like the best substrate for keeping things dry and out of the pool/pond

    So does it seem like I have the basics down? Do they need things like oyster shell and grit or will they be fine without?

    One last thing, I was only planning on having a pair but it seems the minimum from a hatchery is 4. Makes sense in case something happens to one but what is the better ratio? If I order 1 male and 3 females and something happens to the male then I won't have the possibility of having more later without ordering again. If I order 2 and 2 and something happens to one of the females then I'm stuck with 2 males and only 1 female, which could be problematic. Suggestions?
     
  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    For best dynamics, order 1 male and 3 females.

    Or, spend some time on Craigslist and find a pair of ducks locally.

    If you lose your male, you can find one locally and not have to order a complete order from a hatchery. Or, unless you intend to hatch eggs, you don't need a male.
     
  3. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ducks will eat minnows and such too. Insects as well. [​IMG]
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Ducks are omnivorous, but they wont pick a turkey carcass clean like a chicken. Mine don't like meat unless it is fish or a bug.

    I would not feed a layer feed if you are planning on keeping drakes. If it is all girls, no problem. If you do have a coed flock, just get regular feed and leave a bowl of oyster shells free choice.

    As for the floor, pea gravel will work, but I would still give them some area covered in straw.
     
  5. mom2jedi

    mom2jedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ok, so Flock Raiser would be better for the ducks then if I have a drake?

    Do you mean a straw area in the run or just in their "house"?

    And duh, forgot they eat fish. They just lean more towards the less meat more veggie side than chickens, right?
     

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