Also, kindly refer if there is anybody i can contact for the same in North East India. Sitemap Hi, Thanks During their early stages of growth, ducklings eat frequently, much like chickens. They will lay eggs better and damage less food. See also Water. I am starting with the small unit for having the experience & I would like to extend it in to a big unit of2000 later. Ponds are stocked with fish such as Tilapia which are raised for human food. & The housing enclosure should be well ventilated to avoid suffocation. While under crowding is not usually a problem, it is better to stock ducks at near the recommended density (see Table 2 below) in cold weather so that body heat will help warm the room in which the ducks are confined. Modern commercial total-confinement duck housing usually has clear-span-truss framing, and is well insulated and mechanically ventilated. Initially you can start with 20-50 ducks for having practical experience. Email: ducklab@cornell.edu, COVID-19: The AHDC is open. Developing breeders that are being fed an allotted amount of feed each day should be allowed plenty of feeding space so that all birds can eat at once, which requires about 4 inches (10 cm) of linear space per duck. For this now i decided that” i will produce Ducks & Chicks from Egg” but i do not know: The measurement of the house can be any. More are providing water, getting special feeder equipment. Just ensure sufficient space for the birds. Ducks may be kept successfully on open ponds, provided a nearby dry sheltered area is available. But it would be better if they have given some protection. That is why duck farming is a lucrative opportunity for small farm owners. I am from New BarrackPur, Kolkata-131. Am based in Zambia,Southern Africa,which breed would be good for egg production and which one for meat production? Thanks Thank you! Ducks may be kept successfully on open ponds, provided a nearby dry sheltered area is available. Dear sir, Duck housing system is just like other poultry bird’s housing system. As far as we know, most of the people in your area used to raise local ducks. Except for a brooder, which is needed for the first week or so, the main facilities and equipment needed to get started are a simple structure, such as a partially-enclosed shed, inexpensive fencing, a feed hopper or trough made of wood and a simply constructed watering device. Your ducks will be fine. The house should located near the grazing area of duck. It would be better if you make the house above water. As they grow older they are able to store increasing amounts of feed in their esophagus at each feeding, and thus need to eat less frequently. If feed hoppers are used, they should be constructed so that feed will slide down freely into the bottom of the hopper as feed is consumed. Totally confined ducks being grown-out for marketing, as in commercial production, are usually provided some light every day. I have many space for this work. Thank you! It is also beneficial to provide dim light by means of low wattage bulbs during dark periods to help prevent stampeding if the flock is disturbed and to discourage feather pecking. Ducks are nocturnal, and can find feed and water in the dark. Eastport, NY 11941, Phone: (631) 325-0600 If ducks are confined to a building at night and allowed outdoors during the day (or if confined to non-lightproof housing), the usual practice is to turn artificial lights on at a set time before sunrise, off at a set time after sunrise, then on again before sunset and off after sunset, maintaining a constant light period (14 hours, for example) and a constant dark period (10 hours in this case) each day. We love how it looks when it walks and we like the sound it performs. 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