Could ducks be the new chickens? I don’t mean to suggest ducks will magically transform into chickens or vice versa, but the growing popularity of raising backyard chickens has some thinking about raising ducks, too.
There are several advantages to raising ducks for survival, and Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks, by Dave Holderread is the comprehensive book to get you started. Holderread is a duck expert who has developed his own breed.
One reviewer said this book is so easy to read a 12-year-old can learn to raise ducks successfully. It has pictures showing various breeds and a chart that shows the difference between ducks and chickens.
Ducks can be raised in any area where chickens can be, plus they take to wet places, unlike chickens. They’re less likely to attack other domestic fowl. They also lay more eggs, which are heavier and contain a little more protein. Ducks are efficient at converting their food and are good at foraging, too.
Ducks are good for keeping down the insect population. Last summer Lehman’s Country Life blog included a post on getting rid of flies. The blog post author’s family took in a stray baby duck and discovered to their delight how much it loved flies. In fact, because of that, they named it Flies.
What if you took a suggestion in Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks and put a light a few inches above the ground at night near your ducks to attract insects? You’d get more food for the ducks for the price of the light. A solar charged light that comes on when it’s dark would be an ideal way to do this without needing conventional electricity.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks covers everything you need to know, whether you’re new at raising ducks or have done it for years. It covers selection and breeding, feeding and housing, getting the most egg and meat production, healthcare and disease prevention, and showing your ducks.
Whether you want one or two ducks or a flock as part of your survival strategy, get a copy of Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks. Storey is well known for producing practical guides for self reliant living, and now you can get this guide easily by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured, and you can place your order there.