Interested in raising ducks but not sure which breed is right for you?
Things to consider:
Long range plans: What do you want to do with your ducks? Some are excellent egg layers, some are wonderful table birds, and some are just plain fun!
Geography: Fortunately, ducks are highly adaptable to both cold and warm climates, so this factor is less important than for other species.
Space: Where will you raise these ducks? Ducks drink a lot of water and their living quarters can get quite wet, so plan for drainage and easily cleaned surfaces. Though ducks don’t require water to swim in, they do enjoy it a lot. They will appreciate access to a small “kiddie pool” from time to time.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds fly very well; if you’re raising ducks on a small property, you may prefer a breed that stays close to home.
Personal preference: It’s important to enjoy your birds. Ducks come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, and there’s bound to be one that appeals to you.