So you want to raise ducks. Are you sure?
Here’s my story. My daughter (literally) came home and said “can I keep them?” Mommy duck was hit by a car, orphaning 8-day old ducklings. I had to make a quick decision and that is what started our adventure, and my ‘love affair’ with ducks. But ducks are NOT for everyone. Here are some good reasons NOT to raise ducks. Let’s see if you agree.
Here are 10 reasons NOT to raise ducks
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1. Ducklings Are So Cute!
Worst reason in the world to raise ducks!
I know, you walk into the feed store, you see the tiny little bundle of cuteness and you fall madly in love. Or it’s a holiday like Easter. But that adorable little bundle of cuteness will grow up so quickly. It will be close to full size and lose all that cuteness by 6 weeks old! The question you should ask yourself is do you want adult ducks? Because that is what they will be by the time you blink your eyes.
2. Ducks Are A Life-Long Commitment.
This cute little bundle of cuteness can live 10 – 20 years! Are you ready to take care of this duck for 20 years? They only produce eggs for about 5-7 years. Are you going to want to feed a duck you are not getting eggs from for 10 years or more? If you are willing to keep it that long or are willing to kill it and use it for food, fine. If not, don’t get a duck.
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More Reading: How Long Do Ducks Live? How To Extend Their Life.
3. You Don’t Have The Time.
Ducks take a large time commitment. I get up 30 minutes early every morning. 7 days a week. Then on the weekend, there are extra chores, just to take care of my ducks. Are you willing to sacrifice your sleep?
4. You Want Cheap Eggs
Don’t even kid yourself. Just the price of the feed itself will make the eggs twice as expensive as the eggs purchased at the grocery store. Not to mention, housing, extra wire, bedding, waterer and feeder, mouse-proof container (yeah right) to keep the food in, cleaning supplies, heat lamps, possible vet bills, and the whole myriad of things I’ve spent money on.
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5. Deed Restrictions
If you don’t live on a farm or agricultural area you need to check on deed restrictions and/or county/city/state/federal ordinances. A lot of places will not allow you to keep ducks. If you live in a residential area, even if the government does let you, be a good neighbor, and ask your neighbors. None of us wants bad blood next door just because we didn’t ask if they minded. (then share some eggs with them to keep them happy about that decision.) 🙂
6. Ducks Attract Flies
Any animal and its poop attract flies. Especially in the summer. You can keep the coop clean, which will help a lot. I use the deep litter method which makes great compost and cuts down on flies. But, I said cuts down on. I did not say eliminates flies. Don’t have the ducks too close to your house or your neighbor’s houses or your houses will have flies.
7. You Don’t Have The Room
You need to realistically assess the space you have to keep ducks. A duck needs a sheltered area to get out of storms and the cold. They also need a “play area”. This is a place to eat and splash and run and poop and do all the things a duck does.
The minimum they say is 10 sq ft for each bird. I find that you have a lot more trouble with squabbling ducks and dirty hay at that ratio. I would say to at least double that. You also want a run that you can walk upright into.
8. You Don’t Have A Secure Place To Keep Food
As I mentioned in #4, you need a mouse-proof container. We placed our feed in a plastic bin inside a shed that had never seen a mouse…. until we put duck food in there. Those little buggers ate a hole right through the side of the thick plastic container. (after chewing a hole to get into the shed)
You also want a container that will keep the food dry. Moldy food can make your ducks sick. And you want it convenient. Remember you need to get into this every day.
Related: What To Feed Ducklings.
9. You Don’t Have The Money To Take Care Of Them
Raising kids and animals is expensive. Your $3.99 bargain can quickly turn into $399.00 plus. You need containers for food and water, a coop, and a run. And something to swim in. And that’s just for starters!
10. Ducks Are Stinky And Smelly And Messy
There is a reason the word fowl is used for things that are dirty, stinky, and smelly. If you want nice clean and pristine, don’t get a duck! They poop everywhere! Even in their drinking water. That’s just the way they are.
And they need regular maintenance to keep their coop from stinking.
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OK. 10 reasons not to get a duck. These reasons are all true. So you do need to think about all of these things before you get a duck.
But then again, you may be like me and say it is worth every bit of lost sleep and every penny I’ve spent, and all the food and hay I have hauled. In spite of it all, I wouldn’t trade my ducks for the world! I hope you too decide it is worth it to have ducks!
If you are like me and love ducks, check out the link below….
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