You may be wondering where you can buy a duck. There are various places where ducks are sold. Some people think that because a duck can be considered a pet, you can easily get them at pet stores.
You can do that, however, a pet store is not the best place to purchase one. Some stores do not get the sex of the duck correct or because the store has so many, some of them end up getting sick or contracting a disease. You can also get them from farms or online retailers.
Wherever you get them from, make sure that it is a reputable resource for selling ducks. You’ll want to check them out first. If they have a website, go and look to see what they have.
Read their policies and guarantees. Keep in mind that the more you purchase, the less the prices will be for each one. They usually post a bulk price to entice you to purchase more.
You want to go to a retailer that knows what they have and they should also have photos of the ducks on their site so you can at least see what they look like. It’s better to purchase from a site that knows what the sex of their ducks are.
You don’t want to purchase one that you may think is a male, but ends up being a female. If you decide to purchase online, you can get the animals delivered to your place of residence. You can also try eBay and other online retailers that have ducks for sale.
In order to properly take care of your ducks, you will need basic essentials. This will ensure that the ducks will be healthy.
In order to feed and water your ducks, you will need equipment specifically made for them. You can use chicken feeders and waters that are used for chickens. If you have a lot of ducks, these items will come in handy.
If you have baby ducks, keep the waterer on a special stand. Otherwise, the young ones may make of mess of the waterer, causing the litter to get wet and turn into mold.
Starting out, you can keep the baby ducks in a small kennel. If you have at least ten of the young ones, have an allowance of five square feet. You will have to add more space for them to be house as they continue to grow and get older.
Get something that is sturdy and will protect them from getting wet. For ducks that are older, they can be on the pasture.
When you have young ducks, make sure that they stay dry and comfortable with litter made from straw material. They need to stay dry so that they won’t have to deal with mold, which can harm them.
You’ll want to change their litter either every day or when it needs to be changed.
Ducks need to eat and drink just like humans. Provide them with a waterer so that they can place their head in the water. However, the water should only be enough for them to do only that. They can be fed chicken feed. Place the food in a hanging tube feeder. This can help them not to waste the food and have some for the next time.
If it is really cold, adult ducks will need heat. Baby ducks will need heat while they are still young. You can get a brooding lamp with a 250-watt bulb for the young ducks. As they grow and acquire more feathers, they won’t need that much heat.
Hatching And Nesting
If you decide to get your ducks from scratch (a mother duck), there are some things that you need to know about the hatching and nesting process.
Don’t get nervous when your duck is about to lay eggs or they are nesting. The mother duck will do the majority of the work. You just need to know what to expect with the process. Eventually, you will get the hang of everything that you need to do.
If you don’t plan on keeping all of the ducklings that the mother duck has, they should not all be hatched. As the mother duck lays the eggs, you can remove them. However, if you do have room and the money to take care of them, then by all means you can do so.
The best place to do that is on a farm or somewhere where you have a lot of space. If you live amongst others, you’ll probably have to check with your local government to see if you can even take care of ducks.
As far as nesting is concerned, the mother duck should be housed in a safe area, away from other animals. A full nest is considered to be 12 eggs. She will probably want soft bedding, such as hay to rest on along with the eggs. Do not build a nest because she won’t use it. While she is nesting, everyone else should be kept away, especially young children.
The hatching process requires at least 30 days for all of the eggs to come out. When the process starts, the first ones hatch in 24 hours. If there are eggs that are forcefully pushed out of the nest, they are no longer alive. The mother is aware of this and pushes those eggs away from the other ones. If there are cracked or broken eggs, there may be an interference with the nest.
If the mother is nesting, she should be left alone. She doesn’t like people to bother her when she’s at that stage. She can get irritable and agitated. Also, she may show an aggressive side that you may regret later. Even though they know who you are by now, they still don’t want to be bothered. If they see anyone that they do not know, she may leave her nest.
If she is not close to water, provide a reservoir with water in it. She should also have food, but don’t leave it out for a long period of time. Definitely don’t leave it out overnight. There is a great danger of pests and other uninvited guests that can come by.