People choose to become livestock farmers for various reasons. Some raise livestock as pets whilst others raise livestock for products such as milk, meat, and fur. What ever your reason maybe to raising livestock it is very important that you do your research before hand.
Two popular livestock that is raised by farmers are chickens and ducks. The reason being their products are high in demand and are easy to raise. Below are some guidelines to follow when raising these birds in your farm.
Raising ducks has gained popularity amongst farmers, not only because they are interesting birds to raise but because they can be a good source of income. Duck eggs and meat is high in demand because they taste good and have a lot of nutrients.
When starting out in raising ducks you should first choose the right duck breed. Peking and Rouen ducks are two popular breeds amongst duck farmers. Other breeds include Muscovy ducks, Ornamental ducks and Mandarin Ducks.
It takes about 28 to 31 days for duck eggs to hatch which is longer than chickens. Once the ducks hatch you should put them in a clean and dry brooder. Make sure that the ducklings are getting enough heat. You can feed you ducklings chick feeds and as they grow you can then give feed them grower feeds.
Also make sure you build a duck house for your ducks to rest and lay eggs. Make sure that the house is large enough for them to move around. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to build a pond or pool next to the duck house so the ducks can swim in it.
Most farmers raise chickens for meat and others for eggs. The latest trend is raising chickens for eggs. Before starting out in raising chickens for eggs you should make sure you have enough space to raise them. Raising chickens for eggs doesn’t require a lot of space but your chickens shouldn’t be over crowded.
Once you have prepared your space you can then order your chickens. When starting out you can begin with 5 to 10 chickens.
You can either buy baby chicks or laying chickens. You can buy your chickens from your local farmers store and have them delivered to you if possible.
To keep your chickens healthy so they lay quality eggs you should feed and give them clean water everyday. If you don’t have time to feed and give them water then you can buy automatic feeders and waterers. Your chickens can be feed grains, pellets and garden scraps. To enhance the quality of their eggs you can feed them with green foods like weeds.