What you wish you knew about ducks before you got them....


Aug 18, 2018
Northern Ireland
I've had chickens for 3 or 4 years now and for the last little while I've been eyeing up ducks. I've done a fair bit of research but I want to know....

1 - what did you know now as an experienced duck owner that you didn't know before (maybe the articles didn't tell you).

2 - is there a good "beginners breed" of duck?



Nov 30, 2019
From my experience...

1. If you prefer to have clean ducks, the coop needs cleaning every day. So design yours so that it can. They get water EVERYWHERE.

2. They are fragile in every possible way. I know people say they are tough, but I have learned that everything can happen and is a threat to them. They especially have fragile legs.

3. Make sure you have the right make and female balance. When I first got ducks, I didn't think about that. Luckily mine were all female except one.

4. If you can, build them a place where they have access to water or can swim, they are made for water and thrive in it. (Which is why they have fragile legs)

5. The heavier the duck breed, the luckily good of dealing with bumblefoot increases.

They are amazing and worth it though. I love mine very much. Such personalities and characters. My Drake is the biggest cuddle bug of all.


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6 Years
Sep 28, 2015
That if you plan to get an assortment of breeds, plan to get ones that grow at the same rate and size, or plan to keep them separate. My silver appleyards smushed one of my welsh harliquins and killed it just by being their big fat 3 week old selves.

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