Duck Keeping

During the initial weeks that ducklings come into the world, they look so cute and people can’t stand not to look at them. In the beginning, they don’t do much of anything except eat, sleep and poop, just like human infants do.


As they get older, their feathers start to appear and they don’t look too much like the adorable darlings that first came on the scene. They grow very quickly and within a matter of weeks, it’s time for them to have larger housing. 


Since a duck is very delicate, they cannot to be tossed around like a toy. They cannot be pushed to the side just because you don’t feel like spending time with them. If that’s the case, then don’t get one.


They cannot be sent out in the wild where they can roam free. Domestic ducks are raised in captivity and have been for a long time. Therefore, they cannot fly because their legs are not strong enough. 


They cannot fly to food elsewhere when food for the winter is not available. If they don’t have anyone to take care of them, they will not survive. Some people who don’t know what they’re doing, will feed them the wrong foods, such as nuts and chocolate. Doing this will help them to leave this earth quicker.   


If you have children, it can be a complicated situation to take care of ducks too. If you can, keep the children and ducks separate. On the other hand, both raising children and ducks are time consuming. 


You may want to wait until the children can fend for themselves and you can devote more time to the animals. By that time, the children will be able to assist you in taking care of them. 


If you have a dog or a cat, it might not be a good idea to have a duck. They both look at ducks as food to eat. They are not very happy about an innocent animal being in your home. They feel that the duck is a threat and trying to invade their space. So, you will have to make a decision as to what you want to do.


Since ducks require attention, you should not try to raise one if you are not going to be able to devote the time and care that they need. It’s not like trying to find a baby sitter for your children, which can also be difficult. Having someone to sit for your duck is not something that many people would be willing to do.


Make sure that you will be able to afford paying vet expenses when you need your duck(s) need medical treatment. Ducks are considered exotic, so you will have to take them to a special vet that specializes in exotic animals. Because of the specialty, it will cost you more for maintenance and medical treatment. If you can’t afford it, then don’t get a duck.


People have to remember that ducks are special pets and that they cannot be left anywhere. Many ducks are dumped every year because people find it difficult to take care of them. Yes, they are more difficult to take care of than dogs and cats. 


There are so many things that you have to do in order to keep them healthy and thriving. The best thing to do is to read about the proper care of ducks before you decide to get one or more.