Interpreting Duck Behavior

Interpreting Duck Behavior

Ducks are quite entertaining little creatures. They each have their own definite personalities and flock demeanor. Being able to interpret duck behavior will allow you to better understand why they do what they do. It will also enhance your husbandry skills to offer better care – and perhaps even get more delicious eggs in the process.  

Both domestic egg and meat duck breeds as well as their wild peers share the… [Read More]

The Ultimate Duck Feeding Guide

The Ultimate Duck Feeding Guide

Feeding ducks the right feed at the right time in proper amounts is crucial to their overall health and egg production capacity. While commercial feed may be at the base of the diet of most backyard duck flocks, many homesteaders also diligently try to introduce as much of a natural diet as possible into the bellies of their egg producing poultry birds. In this article we are going to tell you everything you need to… [Read More]

How To Sex A Duck

How To Sex A Duck

You have finally done your research on why you should have ducks, but now need help sexing them. Sexing ducks or even young ducklings is possible using a variety of simple to difficult techniques. Depending upon the method you choose and your skill set, sexing of chickens can occur when they are merely days old. 

Once you discover what physical and audio cues to look for when staring at a batch… [Read More]

Raising Ducks For Eggs

raising ducks for eggs

Raising ducks for eggs is no more difficult than raising chickens for the same reason – in fact, it might just be far easier. Although ducks do make noise, they are sometimes far less noisy than chickens … especially if a rooster is included in your backyard flock. Male drakes, unlike mature male roosters, rarely ever become prone to attacking their keepers.

Ducks are probably even better free rangers than chickens. These adorable little egg… [Read More]

Caring For Ducks During Winter

ducks in water

Caring for ducks in the winter involves a small but vital amount of preparation to keep the flock members healthy. Fortunately for avid duck keepers, these birds are typically a lot more cold weather hardy than chickens and far less susceptible to both respiratory problems and frostbite.

The thick layer of body fat combined with the soft down beneath weatherproof duck feathers significantly help the poultry birds warm even during the… [Read More]