Animal Husbandry

Duck Farming Business: Tips to Earn Good Money by This Profitable Poultry Farming Venture; Complete Details Inside

Tooba Maher
Tooba Maher

What is Duck Farming?

Duck farming is a very popular and one of the most profitable business ideas, as many duck breeds are available around the world. They can easily be raised for meat and eggs. Do you know that ducks can be raised without water? Well yes, this is true. Thousands of ducks can be raised without water by just keeping them inside house, like the same way you raise chickens or other types of poultry birds.

But, remember that if you are raising ducks without water ‘your ducks will lay unfertilized egg’ i.e. you can’t hatch the eggs for producing ducklings. However, if you want fertile eggs, then male ducks and water are essential. Ducks need water for reproduction or mating purposes.

Commercial Duck Farming:

You can simply start your commercial duck farming as it is a very profitable & easy to manage business. Ducks can feed and survive on agro-industrial wastes, marshy areas, swamp, & even in the regions where no agricultural crops can be grown.

How to start Duck Farming Business?

Take a note of these steps to make a Duck Farm:

1. Farm Size

Firstly, one should determine the farm size which depends on the number of the birds. Commercial operations differ in size from relatively small farms of 6,000 ducks per batch to large operations with 50,000 to 100,000 ducks per batch.

2. Selection of Breed

Second step is to determine for what purpose you want to rear ducks, whether you will rear ducks for eggs or meat. Then accordingly, do the selection of the breed.

3. Capital Investment

Thirdly, determine the capital investment & the cost of development for duck farming. It includes housing price, land, feeding, compliances, purchasing ducklings, and medicines.

4. Expert Advice

Don’t forget to look for expert advice in legal, financial & business issues. It is must, if you are running the farm under a contract of a processing company.

What are the Advantages of Duck Farming?

1. Housing

Ducks require less expensive, simple and non-elaborate housing facilities. Thus, housing costs are cheap to setting up commercial duck farming business.

2. Less Management

As ducks are very hardy bird, they need less care. They are very much adaptive & can adopt themselves with almost all types of environmental conditions.

3. You will get fresh eggs

Yes, ducks lay eggs either at night or in the morning. You can collect their fresh eggs every morning while doing other work during rest of the day.

4. Less Space

As compared to other poultry farm business, you require less space for raising ducks. They also have comparatively shorter brooding period & ducklings grow faster. Interestingly, they grow so fast that, you can dispense artificial heat within their 5 to 7 days. Though, they will require a little longer heating period during cold months.

5. Duck Feeding

Its very easy to feed ducks, you can feed them with a wide variety of foods. Their regular food includes copra, cassava, corn, rice, fruits and other low cost foods. Adding to it, ducks also have the natural tendency of foraging on green legumes, algae, aquatic weeds, fungi, earthworms, maggots, snails, & other types of insects.

6. Ducks Live Longer

Ducks live longer than chickens as they have less mortality rate.

7. High Demand in Market

Ducks eggs and meat have a great demand in the local & international market.

8. Profitable Business

Duck farming business can be a stable employment source. Many young unemployed educated people can join this business & earn good money.

Is there money in duck farming?

Yes, commercial duck farming business can be a great source of earning. Duck products such as eggs and meat have a great demand in the local and international market. There are many successful farmers who are making good profits from duck farming business.

However, one must know, that the potential income differs depending on the operation size, the contract price negotiated with the processor & the number of batches reared per year.

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