As I spent my vacation at my Dad’s farm, I was able to watch these baby ducks grow. Maybe not fully grown, but still felt lucky because it was my first time to experience taking care of ducklings and it was an experience I can’t get while working abroad. So below, I will share some important things about Farm Grown Domestic Ducks which I’ve learned during my stay.
What is a Domestic Duck?
Like chicken, domestic ducks are typically raised for their meat and eggs. There are known Health Benefits from Duck Meat too, even if the duck has fatter and tougher meat compared to chicken. While its eggs are typically off-white in color and bigger in size. Based on European history, the color of a duck egg may vary based on the breed of the duck.
What is the Survival Rate of Farm Grown Domestic Ducks?
In a natural set-up, mother duck won’t be able to hatch all of her eggs. Normally, close to 10 eggs will be hatched properly. From then, the chance of survival ranges from 40% to 90% upon birth. Using the figures above: 10 eggs based on 40% up to 90% will result in 4 to 9 ducklings. Factors that normally affect the growth of ducks are climate, food nutrients and environment (predator).
On the other hand, duck raisers can make use of duck incubators to increase the number of successfully hatched eggs. Then set-up separates shelter from their mother to reduce the risk factors for survival.
Can Farm Grown Domestic Ducks Fly?
Yes, unlike birds, ducks are only capable of low and short flight. However, it’s still advisable that duck raisers clip their flight feathers as some ducks are difficult to catch once they flew away.
What Farm Grown Domestic Ducks Eat?
Domestic Ducks may eat corn (cracked), feeds, mealworms, nuts, oats, rice, vegetable trimmings, wheat and other similar foods. I would recommend feeding ducklings with starter pellets as it will help them grow faster and healthier. For days or few weeks old ducks, it’s ideal to powderize the pellets because a piece of pellet might block their throat. Feeding free-range ducks with feeds or any alternative can be done twice a day (morning and late afternoon). For the time in between, just let them roam around the farm to look for their food.
*** The 1st photo above is the baby picture of the matured ducklings shown in the 2nd photo. They were 8 in total but eventually trimmed down to 4. Unfortunately, most of them died because of cold weather. As you look closely at these photos, their color starts changing as they grew older, from yellowish to whitish color. Their mother started laying eggs again even if these ducklings aren’t yet fully grown. Therefore we can conclude that ducks are good egg layers too. ***