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Raising Ducks has many advantages, as do Chickens. They both lay eggs, they both provide meat and they are generally raised in the same way. My goal in writing this blog is not to tell you that one is better than the other, but rather to show the differences between Ducks and Chickens, pros and cons of Ducks and to clear up common misconceptions about Ducks.


Differences between Ducks and Chickens

Aside from the obvious differences between Ducks and Chickens there are a few key differences to consider if you are interested in raising Ducks.  First are the eggs. Duck eggs, for the most part, are more “yolky” then those of a Chicken. Duck eggs are slightly larger than Chicken eggs as well. Other than that they both taste the same. Many chefs actually prefer to use Duck eggs for Pastries. If you want to know the reason why, just ask your local pastry Chef because I don’t know. When it comes to egg production Ducks are more productive. The average Chicken will lay eggs for a good three years or so. Some Duck breeds will lay eggs for upwards of 12 years! Two such breeds that are great egg layers are the Khaki Campbell

and the Indian Runner. If you want egg production, these Ducks will deliver! An interesting fact is that many people who are allergic to Chicken eggs find that they are actually not allergic to Duck eggs. As far as Duck meat goes it does taste different than Chicken. Generally it is more oily and “gamey” tasting. Some have even described Duck meat as tasting like Liver. Some breeds do taste better than others, Muscovy (pictured on the right), for example, tastes a lot like beef.


Pros and cons


Ducks love bugs. Chickens will eat bugs as well but Ducks LOVE them. If you want to save time killing weeds in your yard then get some Ducks. Ducks will eat weeds in your yard before they eat any grass. Ducks will also eat almost any table scraps you give them which make them great garbage disposals. This next pro is debatable but I personally believe that ducks are just cuter when they hatch. They are naturally born swimmers and will have a ball if you put them in your kiddy pool or bath tub.


As was already stated Duck meat just does not taste as good as chicken. Ducks do tend to be a bit noisier with their quacking, though male ducks are much quieter and don’t quack very much. Ducks are messier than Chickens. Ducks will play in the mud till the cows come home!


Common Misconceptions

There are a few misconceptions about Ducks that I wish to clear up. First is that you do not need to have a pond or kiddy pool for Ducks to play in. As much as they do love it they will do just fine without it. Second is that Ducks do not need to fly South in the winter time. Wild Ducks will fly South for winter not because the temperature drops but for food. As long as your Ducks are being fed they won’t have any desire to fly South… or North. Ducks do not need any special “Duck feed.” They will eat anything any ordinary Chicken would. What Ducks do need though is a water source to drink from that they can dip their bills into. Ducks will drink water to wash down the food they store up in their throats. It helps to have a deeper water source to make this easier to do. I would recommend watching this video to see what I mean: Many people assume that because their city doesn’t allow Chickens they don’t allow Ducks as well. This, for the most part, is not the case. Many cities will specify that Chickens are not allowed but make no mention of Ducks or other birds. Just be sure to check with your local City Hall before making any plans just to be on the safe side. 

Comments | Posted in Poultry Articles By Steve Boyd

Here, in the Northern hemisphere the temperature has plummeted! Hatching season, for the most part, is over. Most of you will probably put your incubator in storage, but those who read this article will get the maximum amount of utility out of your incubator year-round! So take one of these ideas and put it to good use. (Note: This article is satirical; these ideas are not actually recommended).


1. Glove and sock Warmer. Who doesn’t love putting on a warm pair of socks or gloves 


2. Food warmer, Roll warmer – Keep your cooked food at a constant 99.5 degrees until it’s time to serve.before entering the cold?


3. Small Christmas gift hider – This is the last place your kids will think of to look for gifts!


4. Candy bowl for trick-or-treaters


5. Personal Floatation Device - Styrofoam incubators float great! (Note: this has not yet been approved by the coast guard, use at your own risk).

Comments | Posted in Poultry Articles By Steve Boyd

Concerns About My Hens' Eggs

10/29/2014 2:46 PM

As your chickens begin to lay eggs, some concerns may come up. Most of these relate primarily to the health and conditions of the chickens and their environment. Here, however, we will discuss concerns focused mostly on the condition of the eggs laid.

A hen’s health and diet have a huge impact upon the eggs they lay. Make sure the environmental conditions and diet are as close to ideal as possible (Environment and diet are covered in other posts. Click on the link to see them.). This will increase egg health, whether eggs are produced to hatch live chicks or to eat, as well as increase the number of eggs produced. This is especially important when the eggs will be fertilized and incubated to produce chicks.

One of the most common side effects of insufficient diet is a thin shelled egg. This is caused by a calcium deficiency in the hen. To solve this problem, check the diet of the chickens. Remember, calcium is one of the dietary staples of all life, including chickens, particularly hens laying eggs. Eggs require large amounts of calcium, most of which creates the shell. It may be a good idea to add a calcium supplement to the diet. Many hen owners always add the calcium supplement when they know a hen will soon begin laying eggs.

On occasion, a chicken may lay an egg with no shell whatsoever. This is no cause for concern, as long as it is only a rare problem. This is an especially prevalent issue in young chickens, who are first getting the hang of egg-laying. However, if it happens more than very rarely, you should reexamine the amount of calcium in the chicken’s diet and the chicken’s overall health.

Egg With No Shell

On occasion, an egg may be laid without a shell. This is no cause for concern.


Dietary issues related to egg production are not caused exclusively by calcium deficiency. A variety of other imbalances can cause similar problems. For instance, too much salt in the diet may, potentially, cause many of the same problem as a calcium deficiency; however, it is much more common for the problem to be a lack of calcium.

The problem may also be with the environment. If the hens are disturbed during the night, especially by something they may perceive as a predator, it could cause a disturbance in egg production. An unclean or frequently disturbed habitat will almost always impact egg production negatively.

Illness may also negatively affect egg production. Infectious Bronchitis, also called IBV, is one of the more prevalent diseases in poultry. It primarily causes respiratory problems, but also can affect number and quality of eggs laid. Vaccination and revaccination can help prevent this disease, as will maintaining a clean and healthy environment. If you suspect one of your birds has IBV, remove it from contact with the others. Other illnesses will also disrupt egg production, and should be prevented as much as possible and dealt with if they surface.

There are some factors of egg production that are completely out of your control. If you are doing everything right, and the hen is still laying few or no eggs, it may be caused by a genetic or inborn problem that the hen naturally has. If a hen frequently lays eggs with thin shells, or no shell whatsoever, the problem may be a defective shell gland, which you can do very little about. These issues are relatively uncommon.

But, when all is said and done, a healthy hen in a proper environment with a balanced and nutritious diet should lay healthy, well developed eggs on a regular basis.

Comments | Posted in Poultry Articles By Michael Peterson

1.  The name comes from the city of Banten (or Bantam), a City in Indonesia once known as being a major trading seaport. When European sailors restocked on poultry in Banten they found the small breeds of poultry very useful and began calling them Bantams.

2.  Bantams are great egg layers. Some breeds of Bantams can lay up to 150 eggs per year!

3.  Old English Bantams used to be used for fighting in Europe.

4.  When kept as backyard pets Bantams have a higher mortality rate. Their small size makes them easier targets for smaller predators such as Hawks, Cats, and Foxes.

5.  Many Bantams make great show birds because of their beauty, such as this Dutch Bantam Rooster pictured to the right.

Comments | Posted in Poultry Articles By Steve Boyd

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7/21/2011 7:31 AM

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