So, it’s been a very long time since our last blog here at the Poultry Centre and we have decided that seeing as keeping poultry is getting even more popular all the time that you may all benefit from a bit of help and advice, as well as being kept up to date with new additions to our stock holding.
Ducks are getting more and more popular as people who have had chickens for a while look to get a little more ambitious in the type of poultry they have. Ducks are great pets to have and despite them being a little messier than chickens and needing more water it’s well worth the effort.
Here is what you need to consider if you want to get some ducks:
Ducks don’t roost like chickens do so any house you use for ducks just needs a flat base and a roof to keep them dry. This makes it a little easier to keeps ducks as you can use any old garden shed (as long as it’s secure) , although proper duck houses are advised.
Keep it clean
Make sure you keep their house and enclosure clean. If a ducks enclosure gets messy the duck can develop a condition known as bumblefoot. Bumblefoot is a bacteria that swells the pads of the foot and makes it very painful for the duck to stand. If left untreated, bumblefoot could eventually cause infection.
As I’m sure you already know ducks need more water than chickens. They need clean swimming water to bathe in to keep them clean and so they can maintain their water proofing. We have shallow rubber tub trugs for our ducks to splash around in but there is nothing better for a duck than having a pond to swim on. This also enables them to get away from predators like foxes when they need to.
You can feed them Chicken food but ideally they would eat specialist duck food. Just make sure they have some available all of the time.
If you have any questions about ducks or anything else Poultry please give us a call and speak to one of our team. Click here to contact us.