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- Ducks are raised in sheds
which vary from naturally ventilated (open-sided) sheds to fully
enclosed climate controlled tunnel ventilated houses. So, Commercial
duck meat production is a full-time specialized business which
requires significant investment in both time and money.
- The Australian industry
processes 8 million birds annually and is worth an estimated amount of
$100 million. The major breeds available for meat production in
Australia are Pekin, Mallard ducks, Muscovy, Aylesbury, Runner and Rouen
and crosses of these breeds. The Pekin duck (Anas Domesticus) is the one
predominant breed which is used for meat production in Australia.
- Similar to chicken meat
operations, the capital investment and development costs for duck
farming depends on some factors, including Land prices, Size of the
enterprise, Service and Infrastructure, Application requirements and
- For a duck plant of the
size indicated 10 acres of land should be ample. In figuring on the
amount of housing required for this number of breeding ducks, it is
necessary to figure on 2-1/2 to 3 square feet of floor space per bird, 3
square feet being better than 2-1/2. This would require a housing space
20 feet deep by 120 feet long.
- An adequate water supply
is must. This will consist of a well or spring furnishing an ample
amount of water, a power pump and a water supply tank. And also make
sure to provide adequate heating, especially if you are rearing
- Investment in the business
exclusive of working capital, i.e., the money in the land and buildings
and other equipment would require under present conditions about $1,000
for each thousand ducks marketed. In other words, in a plant of this
size, close to $30,000 would be invested.
- Make your farm not smaller
than 3.5 to 4 sq. ft for every duck as this will give enough space for
the ducks to move freely. As they grow, they need more space, so better
plan to build a shelter that will not hinder their movement as they are
- Maintain enough number of
ducks in a coop as this will reflect good output during the harvest
- Seafood like shrimps,
fishes, clamps, shells etc. are the most common and very nutritious food
for ducks. However if these are not available, you may give them a
combination of feeds and chicken laying mass. To increase their egg
production, give your egg laying ducks with supplementary feed.
- It is said that more than
22 million ducks are being raised in the US each year.
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