Raising Ducks

Raising Ducks

Raising Ducks

New to Ducks? 20 Things You Need to Know

First of all, welcome to the world of ducks! If you haven’t had your ducks long or are still in the planning stage, you doubtlessly have questions. Here are answers to 20 of the most...
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Duck Housing: Everything You Need to Consider

There are many ways to house your ducks and many factors to consider. Ducks don’t like being cooped up, so their preferences are more space and less infrastructure. The more space they can have, especially...
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25 Ways to Keep Your Ducks Healthy and Prevent Disease

Given a good environment, ducks rarely get sick. Seeing as an ounce of prevention is worth, you know, a pound of cure, or hundreds of dollars of cure, or whatever, here are 25 ways to help prevent duck health issues.

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Welcome to Raising Ducks!

Ducks are the new chickens.

More and more people are deciding to raise their own eggs. Most of them turn to keeping backyard chickens. But some people—a rising number—choose ducks instead.

That’s who we’re here for.

Ducks are every bit as cool and useful as chickens, and almost certainly cuter. They’re still underappreciated, but they’re gaining in popularity.

If you want to raise ducks, you’ve come to the right place.

There just isn’t enough information available online about ducks. Not yet, anyway. But our goal is to have a plethora of free, comprehensive guides to everything you could ever need to or want to know about ducks.

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Got questions about eggs or egglaying? Here’s our basic guide to duck eggs and egglaying, and here’s the “Eggs” category.

Hatching ducklings? Check out our basic guide to duck breeding and duckling brooding or browse the “Breeding” category.

Want to learn about duck health? Here’s a list of 25 ways to keep your ducks healthy, and here’s our “Health” category.

Got questions about duck care and management? Browse our “Management” category.

Want to read anything and everything? Visit the blog to see every single post I’ve written.

Are you still considering whether to raise ducks or not? Click to “Why Ducks?” and make up your mind!

Do you have your heart set on owning a flock, but are not sure what to do next? Click to “Planning The Flock.”

Want to explore all the duck breeds? Check out our duck breed guide.

Planning a coop or run? Here’s our basic guide to housing ducks, and here’s the “Housing” category.

Want to learn about feeding ducks? Read our basic guide to feeding ducks or look at our “Feeding” category.

Recent Posts

The Welsh Harlequin duck: breed guide

Created in 1949, the Welsh Harlequin is one of the newest duck breeds. Welsh Harlequin ducks are a beautiful, practical, lightweight breed known for their excellent egg production and calm, docile temperament. Although they haven’t been around long, they have gained attention quickly and are now a popular choice among homesteaders and backyard keepers.
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Green, Blue, Black, and White: Duck Egg Colors By Breed

Did you know “duck egg blue” is a real thing? Did you know Cayuga ducks can lay black eggs? Just like chickens, some ducks can lay beautiful colored eggs. Ducks primarily lay eggs in two colors: white, or blue to green. Think pale periwinkle blue to a light sage green or anywhere in between. A few duck breeds can even lay black or charcoal gray eggs.
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Keeping ducks and chickens together: your ultimate guide

Keeping ducks and chickens together is one of those expectation/reality things. What you think will happen: the ducks and chickens will all eat together and...
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The Call duck: breed guide

Sometimes Call ducks look more like stuffed toys than real birds. With their chubby cheeks, adorable short bills, dark button eyes, and plump round bodies,...
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The Magpie duck: breed guide

First documented in the early 1920s, the Magpie is a relatively modern breed with a lot to offer. They make fabulous dual-purpose homestead ducks, with...
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15 Ways To Reduce Duck Feed Costs

Duck feed is expensive, certainly the largest expense associated with raising ducks. Naturally, you probably want to find ways to save money on feed. Maybe...
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Duck Coop and Run Size Calculator

How much space does a duck need to be comfortable and happy? Here are three nifty calculators—for coop size, run size, and duckling brooder size—as...
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Pet Ducks: 10 Things You MUST Know Before Getting Some

Ducks are cute, entertaining, and lay delicious eggs to boot. They’re not nearly as popular as dogs, cats, or even parrots, but they make wonderful,...
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10 Best Duck Breeds for Pets (and 3 Worst)

There are over 25 domestic duck breeds. If you’re a beginner looking into buying ducks for the first time (or even if you already have...
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