10 Best Reasons To Raise Ducks!

So you are thinking about raising ducks.

Let’s talk about some of the best reasons to raise ducks in your backyard.

Reasons To Raise Ducks.

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First written January 27, 2015, Updated January 13, 2021

Reasons To Raise Ducks.

You’ve seen the cute little ducklings and you think, that you would love to have a few ducks as an addition to your homestead or backyard.

Maybe you are trying to decide between ducks and chickens.

I’ve been raising ducks for a while now and love having ducks. So here is my “two cents worth”, 10 reasons why it’s a great idea to raise ducks.

But before you decide, check out my article on 10 reasons not to raise ducks. With every silver lining, there is a little rain too.

Now let’s check out why I think raising ducks is a good idea. Then you decide if it is right for you.

1) Know How Your Animals Are Raised

One of the best reasons to raise ducks is it’s nice to know that your food and egg producers were raised in a happy, well cared for, and healthy manner. Commercial operations are cramped and unhealthy, never allowing the ducks to see the sun or eat fresh grass or bugs. I love to have my ducks be ducks!

 Related: What To Feed Ducklings

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2) Antibiotic And Chemical Free Meat

As most of us know, the meat we eat is raised on antibiotics and chemicals and is less than desirable to put in our bodies. If you raise the animals yourself, you control what they (and in turn you) eat. Garbage in ducks, garbage in you.

 

3) Fresh Eggs Every Day

What is better than going out every day and getting the freshest eggs you can get. And duck eggs taste great too. Also, they are actually more healthy for you than chicken eggs. They contain the same nutrients as chicken eggs, just more of them per ounce.

Another good thing about your own duck eggs is you decide what your duck eats. So you know what those eggs are made of. Because of the thicker shell, the duck eggs stay fresh longer too.

They also lay, on average, as many if not more eggs than chickens. And since they are bigger eggs…well, that means a lot more egg!

More Reading: Raising Ducks 101 – How To Take Care Of Baby Ducklings

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4) Great Fertilizer For The Garden

Manure is great for your garden. We use a deep litter in the duck run. Then at the end of the growing season, we clean out the duck run and pile it right on the garden. Or you can compost it and use it in your container garden. Next year’s plants will love it! Either way, the deep litter keeps your ducks cleaner and your garden is happy too. Win – Win.

5) Ducks Are Quieter Than Chickens

Although ducks do quack the quacking is much quieter and does not carry as far as a rooster’s crow. Ducks also don’t generally get up at 4 am just to make a racket. That’s enough of a reason to raise ducks instead of chickens.

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6) Ducks Are Better With Kids

One of the best reasons to raise ducks, is children’s safety.

Ducks are far less aggressive or likely to hurt, scratch, or bite you than almost any other farm animal. They don’t use their talons like other fowl do. They even get along with each other better than other fowl.

They are very social creatures. Mine will follow me around and one even nibbles on my shoelaces until I give her a back scratch. I’d trust my children with a duck, long before I would a chicken or a turkey.

Related:  Deep Litter Duck And Chicken Run.

7) Great Pest Removers

Ducks are great at ridding your garden and yard of bugs. They can spot every creepy crawler in sight and a lot of those that are out of sight. They will stick their bill into the dirt up to their eyeballs digging for worms, grubs, beetles, and all kinds of things that chew on your veggies.

It has been said that “If you have a slub or snail problem, what you really have is a ‘too few ducks’ problem.

At the end of the growing season, open your garden to them and they will take care of all of the next year’s bugs and weeds. It can’t get much easier than that.

 8) Ducks Are Healthy

Compared with chickens and a lot of other barnyard animals, ducks get fewer diseases, parasites, and mites (they drown those when they bathe). All the way around you will spend less money and time treating ducks for ailments.

Related:  How To Get Clean Water For My Ducks.

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 9) Withstand Heat and Cold Better Than Chickens

Once they are adults, ducks have that nice fat layer that helps keep them warm in the winter. Water runs off their backs when it rains, and since they like to swim, they just jump into the pond (or kiddy pool) whenever they need to cool off.

You don’t have to worry about misters and Ice in the water as you might for a flock of chickens. and without a waddle and comb. Your ducks don’t get frostbite like a chicken can.

Related: 10 Necessities To A Perfect Duck House.

 10) You Don’t Have Cable And You Want The Nature Chanel. You Will Need Less Prozac.

Let’s face it. Of all the reasons to raise ducks, this has got to be the best!

Ducks are just fun to watch.

Nibbling on grass, splashing in the water, waddling across the lawn, or digging in the mud for their bug fix. And the babies…. nothing is cuter than a brand new duckling.

Ducks just beg for you to sit down and watch for a while. And as you sit and sip your iced tea, your blood pressure goes down and your mood improves. They just have a natural calming effect on you. That’s better than TV any day!

Related: 30 Gift Ideas For Duck Lovers

But remember, there are very good reasons Not To Raise Ducks too. Make sure you check out that list also!

And Check out Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks. Learn all about raising ducks before you take the plunge into the ducky pool.

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10 responses to “10 Best Reasons To Raise Ducks!”

    • Once a duck is fully feathered out, it doesn’t need supplemental heat, as long as it has protection from the elements.(wind, rain) It may need something if the temperature drops below about -30°F. I’m not an expert on really low temperatures. I do know ducks can take the cold better than chickens. Many who keep their ducks in the cold, use deep litter on the floor and vents at the top. The deep litter is warm to sit on and the vents at the top allow moisture to escape. Moisture is your biggest enemy in the cold. I hope that helps.

  1. I live aboard my 51’ power boat in a marina that has ~10 resident ducks. Me, and especially my 5 year old daughter, really enjoy feeding them (I buy freeze dried meal worm) and watching them swim around the marina. I would call them semi-domesticated Ducks, as they appear to be mallards or mallard cross breed, and they aren’t frightened by humans like their wild cousins that migrate through this area annually.

    I raised a duckling in my backyard years ago, and really enjoyed it. It had been separated from it’s mother at a nearby lake. I heard (and watched) it squeak for its mother for over an hour before I decided to approach it, and when I did, it didn’t try to run or even appear startled. In fact it looked at me and started squeaking/chirping as I bent over to pick her up. Needless to say she had recently hatched and instantly attached to me, and I of course became attached to her cute little furry face pretty quick myself. My intentions were to raise her until she was old enough to be returned to the lake, as there is a community of “semi-domesticated” ducks that live there. After about two months she had quickly grown into a beautiful hen mallard, and began stretching her wings and boundaries. She would fly await, sometimes for hours, but always return to my backyard, announcing her arrival until I came out, picked her up, and rubbed her back for a few minutes. Sometimes when I’d leave for work in the morning, she’d fly alongside my car for half a mile or so. I’d eventually hit speeds to fast for her and she’d break off. Tragically she flew into a chain linked fence in my yard one day, and died on impact. I was actually very sad over the loss, but still enjoy the memories of that time.

    I’m considering “converting” the aft deck of my boat to a nursery for 2-3 ducklings. There is a large “live bait well” that I do not use, that I could easily make into a good shelter/hutch for them. The deck itself is non-skid, about 4’ x 15’ with “walls” about 3’ high, that they could use to be ducks 🦆. My thoughts are that if I ensure they have a ramp to climb onto the swim platform, and another to get back onto the boat, they could use the marina waters to play. The hutch could be locked up at night, but I doubt any predators will try to jump onto a large yacht that is parked at the very end of a long dock, but it’s possible.

    What are your thoughts on allowing these ducklings to integrate into the local duck community on their own time? Like I said, I live on my boat, and only occasionally take it out of the marina for day cruises. If they decided, or the other ducks decided not to join the flock, they would be welcome on my boat. The deck can easily be hosed off, with all waste draining overboard. They would have plenty of water and freedom to roam. Will a group of ducks allow a couple of strangers to join them? I’m assuming that females will be more likely to join the group than males. Will hatching our own ducklings, compared to buying them, make them more social with my daughter, or will purchased ducklings also bond with her? Your thought on the idea?

    Thanks for the awesome and informative website.

    • You didn’t mention where you live. The first thing to consider is the law. In the US, you cannot take a wild migratory duck from the wild. You also have to consider the yacht club where you live. Even if they are purchased “legal” ducks, your community may not appreciate it. You don’t want to be “that neighbor” and ducks can be very messy. Please check all these things before you proceed.
      That being said, I have seen a boat that had a pet chicken. It was very well behaved and was pretty cool. Just don’t get into any trouble. 🙂 Good luck.

  2. can i keep them as inside pets? im thinking of getting two or three ducklings but i also have a german sheperd so if i keep them in the house will they be ok?

    • Keeping them inside can be a big challenge. Ducks are messy. You would have to keep them in a diaper and change it often. And as for the dog…I would be afraid it would eat them. But I don’t know your dog. This is NOT a challenge I would undertake. Good luck.

  3. Can ducks co-exist with chickens?

    We have two ponds. One covers about an acre and we have farm geese in there (I don’t think the geese would like to share with the ducks). We have fenced this one in.

    The other pond is a ornamental pond (8′ x 5′). This is in our “orchard” and isn’t completely fenced in.

    Would you let them live in either area?

    • Hi Karen, Thanks for asking. First many people have great luck with chickens and ducks together. As far as geese, I don’t have any, but I find, if the birds have enough room, they all seem to leave each other alone. The only time there is a problem is when there is over crowding. As far as using the ornamental pond, Ducks mess up the grass and plants LESS than chickens, but they can still cause damage. They would eat any little fish that might be in the pond, and all fowl poop – A LOT! A few things to consider. Does that help?

        • Some types of ducks fly. Some have been bred not to. Muscovys, like my daughter and I raise, fly. I have mine in a large cage. My daughter has a fenced yard with a pond, which they love, and they don’t wander far from it. You might check on a type that can’t fly. I don’t think Indian Runners can fly. They are GREAT egg layers! I have one that doesn’t fly and leaves me an egg every day. However she doesn’t believe in a nest. Most of the time she just drops it wherever she is at. The size is about the size of a large chicken egg.

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