Raising Ducks: How To Raise Geese and Ducks Together in Your Backyard
By Martin (freelancer)
If you have enough space at home, you might actually consider raising ducks and raising geese together. This may sound strange but it truly is a wonderful undertaking wherein you are combining two types of waterfowl birds in a single place. Most people go into this kind of venture, not only for commercial purposes, but for the enjoyment of their families as well.
A farmyard inhabited by ducks with noisy geese cackling all over is a very heartwarming scenario. Farmers usually include some geese in a bunch of ducks. The noisy nature of geese makes them a very good guard and alarm system when the flock is in danger. They normally raise a very loud racket when a stranger enters a property, and they often attack by pinching with their bills and beating with their wings.
A ducks and geese environment provides fruitful commercial benefits for raisers. When you raise ducks, they have the ability to lay more eggs than geese and they are good sources of meat. On the other hand geese are raised mostly for meat. Almost all breeds of duck are raised for meat including Pekins, Muscovies, Rouens, and Aylesburys. There are still other breeds of ducks and geese but they serve ornamental purposes like those brought to shows, and they are costly too.
You could start breeding ducks and geese by acquiring some ducklings and goslings from a professional hatchery. Ducklings usually come in a lot of 25, and goslings come in a lot of 10 or 12. If you only want a small number of birds, you could buy grown birds because they normally come in pairs or trios, but at a higher price.
Beginners who are raising ducks and geese together would need to provide a small pond or pool for them. Both waterfowl species breed in water and are more likely to become depressed if they cannot swim every day. You could use a childís wading pool or a large container for water if you donít have a pond for them. Their pond must be cleaned regularly because they have the tendency to dirty it up.
Waterfowl needs shelter in bad weather, and during the breeding season to lay eggs. They usually huddle up on the ground to sleep under normal conditions. It is a must for you to provide nesting houses for them to lay their eggs in or else they would make their nests on the ground which would get the eggs dirty. Ducks and geese feed on pre-mixed waterfowl feed or pelleted feed. The baby ducks and goslings are to be given a special starter diet that contains 22% protein for the first two weeks. This requirement could be reduced afterwards. These waterfowl are resistant to diseases that commonly affect chickens, and there is no need to give them feeds containing additives or antibiotics as this would bring them more harm than good.
Raising geese along with ducks is a fairly easy task. All you need are some guidelines that you must follow such as those mentioned herewith. Also, before you set out on a large scale waterfowl raising venture, it is always a good practice to consult experienced raisers that could give you more detailed steps to make waterfowl raising a profitable and enjoyable business.
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