Raising Ducks For Beginners

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Farmer31, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Farmer31

    Farmer31 Out Of The Brooder

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    If someone would want to enter animal raising business,


    why choose raising ducks?
    And how do you raise them?

    Many animal farmers are now considering raising ducks instead of the more popular counterpart, the chicken. This is because raising them is less expensive. Ducks are also more resistant against extreme weather. And they lay yummy eggs.

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  2. treldib

    treldib Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Read this [​IMG]
    They have much more personality than chickens, IMHO.
     
  3. Farmer31

    Farmer31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Indeed
     
  4. featheredfashions

    featheredfashions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is way off topic...lol...but I adore your profile picture! [​IMG]
     
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Believe me, they are not cheaper to raise than chickens.

    They do sell for more, though. Not that they are going to make a profit for the majority of farmers.
     
  6. m.kitchengirl

    m.kitchengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not that they are going to make a profit for the majority of farmers.

    Yeah, I would not raise ducks & expect to turn much of a profit. It seems to be a no profit, all loss adventure for most folks. Get ducks because you love ducks. Anything you get from them, or for them, after that is great.

    Trust me, if you do not love ducks, you will love them even less when you are rinsing poop out of their coop and dumping frozen water from their pools in winter.

    I have read, and a few friends who raise them agree, that raising meat and pet/show rabbits can be profitable(ish). But, we're probably talking the financial equivalent of a good paper route unless you want to be the rabbit king.

    Wow, I dated myself. Paper routes! Ha!​
     
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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    m.kitchengirl :

    Not that they are going to make a profit for the majority of farmers.

    Yeah, I would not raise ducks & expect to turn much of a profit. It seems to be a no profit, all loss adventure for most folks. Get ducks because you love ducks. Anything you get from them, or for them, after that is great.

    Trust me, if you do not love ducks, you will love them even less when you are rinsing poop out of their coop and dumping frozen water from their pools in winter.

    I have read, and a few friends who raise them agree, that raising meat and pet/show rabbits can be profitable(ish). But, we're probably talking the financial equivalent of a good paper route unless you want to be the rabbit king.

    Wow, I dated myself. Paper routes! Ha!​

    [​IMG] hey I remember them.​
     
  8. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put an ad on local classifieds and sold all listed ducks and no listed chickens...does not mean I profited though.
     
  9. hossfeathers

    hossfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read, and a few friends who raise them agree, that raising meat and pet/show rabbits can be profitable(ish). But, we're probably talking the financial equivalent of a good paper route unless you want to be the rabbit king.

    The phrase I've heard is "There is a lot of money in rabbits - the hard part is getting it out of them."

    Based on this pamphlet from T A&M - Backyard Rabbit Production - you're looking at about $18/rabbit. ANNUALLY.

    Raising critters is not *easy* but it surely isn't hard enough to make it the road to riches.​
     
  10. kitchwitch

    kitchwitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The whole of idea of making money in livestock depends on where you live. not just for market reasons, but for legality issues as well. If you live in a state that regulates EVERYTHING you're not going to be able to sell your eggs without a license and you sure as heck aren't going to be able to process a few birds on property to sell. If you live in a less regulated area you might be able to sell some live birds and some eggs, no problem, thus increasing your profit margins. There's more to look at then just "how many people are selling duck eggs in my area?"
     

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