Here are some
additional bits and pieces to do with things ducky.
Also some FAQs:
ducks need lots of water?
popular belief you do not need a huge lake to keep ducks. As long
as they have enough water to bathe their eyes and plumage most ducks
will be quite happy - a washing-up bowl may be sufficient for a
pair. However access to a pond is beneficial to young ducks - see
Duck eggs have
gained rather a bad reputation over the years. There are a couple
of reasons why duck eggs might be more prone to harbour bacterial:
the eggshells are more porous than those of hens' and mismanagement
of their environment can lead to unhygenic laying conditions. If
you provide your ducks with a nice clean house, with separate laying
compartment and keep them inside until 9.00 am they will lay perfectly
clean eggs in abundance.
One of our
blacks laid a (very distinctive) egg every day in her first year
starting in September and layed through her moult - must have been
very near 300. Don't let people tell you Runners aren't good utility
a lot quieter than Call Ducks - my blacks are virtually silent -
but some females can make quite a lot of noise.
Can you keep
them with chickens?
it's easier if they have separate houses. If you have a mixed pen
they tend to ignore each other (some silkies even prefer sharing
a house with the ducks). Some drakes can however get a bit carried
away and try to mate with hens. My drake only tried this once, with
a big Maran, and the experience put him off for life!