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Raising a Duck
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Melissa Barwick    Posted 03-19-2003 at 12:38:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I am doing a project on rasing a duck. I am also interested in owning one of my own. What kindof info could you give me on such a thing?

Farmwench    Posted 03-20-2003 at 11:44:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are a lot of good books on raising waterfowl. You should be able to find at least one good one at the library.
Ducks like company, so two or more is better than one. You can buy them at any age, or hatch out eggs in an incubator or under a broody hen. If you raise them from day old, you have to provide a safe brooder with a heat source (usually a light bulb of some kind) that you can control, and that can be easily cleaned. Waterfowl are very messy. They need drinking water deep enough to dunk their whole bill (up over their nostrils) in, and appropriate food either free choice or several times a day.
Brooding is similar to brooding chicks, except you can't use medicated feeds for waterfowl, the watering differences, and ducklings can be started on wire with a little bigger opening than chicks.
Your birds will need protection from predators, depending on where you're located. Anything can eat/kill a tiny duckling (cat, rat, dog, turtle, etc.), and lots of things will kill a duck (fox, coyote, owl, dog, etc.). You may have to pen your adult birds all the time, or maybe only at night, or maybe not at all, depending on predators, what kind of gardens you have, how close the neighbors are, how much risk you can live with, etc.
Baby birds don't need to swim (they can get chilled and die) until they have grown their feathers. Adult birds like to swim, and some need swimming water to breed, but it can be a kiddie pool, it doesn't have to be a large pond.
Get hold of a good book and study it. Ask us any specific questions you can think of. I have limited duck experience, much more with geese. Will be glad to answer anything I can. Good luck.

lindsay    Posted 06-06-2003 at 14:59:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a baby duck, not very old, but he does have feathers. Is it ok to let him swim in a kiddie pool outside, or should i wait until he gets a little bit older? Also his nostrils leak clear liquid and i am wondering if that is normal or if he might be sick. Thanx

Meghan    Posted 02-09-2004 at 12:39:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my brother rescently found a duck egg @ his work. i'm curious as to how long it takes an egg to hatch and if there is something we could do to help take care of the egg?

Red Dave    Posted 03-19-2003 at 14:48:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Melissa, There is guy who posts over on Tractor Tales that has a duck. Calls himself Bobduck. I'm sure he would help you if you ask for him over there.
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