Pros and Cons of Raising Ducks Vs Raising Chickens

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  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Found this article that compared the Pros and Cons of Ducks vs Chickens. I have always been a fan of chickens but know that ducks have been raising in popularity. The author of the article did a really good job in listing the impact that each have on your yard. I have never eaten duck so I cannot comment on the meat. Well worth the read.

    Pros and Cons of Raising Ducks Vs Raising Chickens
    by Milo Martinovich
    Pros and Cons of Raising Ducks Vs Raising Chickens | The Survivalist Blog

    Some Quick Pros & Cons Of Both
    Chickens and ducks have many similar benefits. Here are some of the pros that you’ll find with both species:

    • Great meat production.
    • Great egg production.
    • Can work in a multi-species environment.
    • Free-ranging can enable them to get a lot of their food needs from the land.
    • Can be self-sufficient with breeding and hatching.
    • Don’t require a lot of time or money investments.
    • Their manure is fantastic fertilizer for your garden and trees once composted / aged.
    • Neither requires a lot of space.
    Some pros for ducks over chickens are:

    • Higher fat content in the eggs, which makes them awesome for baked goods.
    • Ducklings require a lot less care than baby chicks.
    • No crowing roosters!
    Some pros for chickens over ducks are:

    • Can be put to work in the garden to remove weeds, and prepare new garden beds.
    • Typically better at escaping predators.
    • Can be put into a pasture to spread ruminant manure to improve pasture fertilization and remove fly larvae.
    While it may seem like both ducks and chickens are great, they do have some cons:

    • Egg and meat production can fall drastically without optimal feed.
    • They can be messy and leave their waste everywhere.
    • Only specialized breeds are best for meat or eggs, neither have breeds that are the best at both.
    • Ducks want a pond, and chickens want to roost. The pond ends up very messy, and chickens leave the majority of their manure where they roost.
    Follow link for the full article: Pros and Cons of Raising Ducks Vs Raising Chickens | The Survivalist Blog
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  2. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grampa Monkey

    Great Thread!
    I haven't raised any birds since I was a kid, but we always had a bunch of game birds around for food and eggs. Pheasants, Quali, Turkey, Chucker, and Geese! We did have chickens, but they were kept separate, as were rabbits! Lot of work, but both meat and eggs were better!
    If one were to raise both chicken and Duck, I think you would have the better option, but you will need to keep them apart, Chickens can be very aggressive, and you don't want that! Duck meat isn't all that great, so keep that in mind, if you can choose the species, choose ether Widgeon or Teal!
    Last check on Game bird chicks prices was still pretty reasonable, except for geese, which defies logic, but it is what it is! Pheasant, and quail were still super cheap and easy to get, while Turkey is the most expensive, and you really gotta be careful with selecting the right chicks! Other then that, Birds are a lot of work, and the holding/rearing area needs to be constantly cleaned and maintained! DO NOT let your birds roam free, that's going to get you in all sorts of trouble, make sure your enclosures are secure and keep them maintained well!
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    After eating duck in SEA, I'll say it is NOT my favorite food, it cannot compete with cow or pig. Nor can I tell you which species is better or less good than any other, but I can say the species DOES make a difference. I couldn't read the Chinese descriptors, but from one cooler to the next, the descriptors were different, but the prices were the same.
    I liked duck well enough to eat for a break in routine.
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  4. johnbb

    johnbb Monkey+

    We had ducks for awhile until something killed them (bob cat, fox, ?) have to say the eggs are much richer than chicken eggs, wife loved them for baking.
    Last edited: May 1, 2021
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  5. We raised Toulouse(sic) geese, bigger lots of fat. Then Chinese geese, smaller not as productive. Muscovy (sic) ducks. small productive, prone to manganese difficiencey. Takes their eggs SIX weeks to hatch. not four like other ducks. I think they are native to the argentine. We also had Blue Swede ducks. Larger meatier bird, great incubators, one duck would mother goslings(!) Chickens for meat, don't remember which breed. Buff Orpingtons for (red) eggs. The odd bandies running around. Oh yeah, and Guinea fowl. Folks picked these breeds from experience and what they learned from their parents. Sorry for any spelling errors.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2021
  6. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I much prefer cackle berries to quackers.
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  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I will say that they are both delicious. especially when run through a smoker.
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  8. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    My grandparents kept a few around,, when he started getting to many,, part of the herd went in the freezer. But his were always dark meat birds ,, and a little greasy,, the 2nd time around. Im not sure which species are best either ,, but i am kind of fond of the Peking Duck at the local chinese joint. :ROFLMAO: ,,,
    Interesting post MotoMom ,,, good to see you back. You helped keep us ,, ( me ) ,, in line. :D Hope you're doing well,, how are your boy's doing ??
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  9. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    We always shoved a sweet-potato up a ducks hee-haw before it went into the oven.
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  10. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Don't care for ducks, alive or dead. Too greasy for us. You already know about our chickens. Great thread, and it's good to see you back here. Hope all is well in Motoland.:)
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  11. Re:post #10. If you think your ducks are too greasy, get some Muscovy ducklings like I mentioned above. They are more of a wild duck and have less fat. We raised them for years. You might want to clip their wings when a couple of days old.
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  12. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    We have Australorp Australia Chickens
    khaki campbell ducks
    Last year we did 150 birds
    Just fired up the duck/chicken hatching systems
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  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    If I were to raise ducks to eat it would be Teal, I like how they taste.
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  14. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    Guineas and bantams are my birds
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