Raising ducks with chickens can be a pleasant pastime, but it requires some experience to be successful. Both chickens and ducks have special needs, especially when they are young. For this reason, it is best to keep them apart, if you have them in an incubator it is best to keep them in this way so they can get the nutrition and care they need.
Ducklings require high protein food or feed for waterfowl that do not have medication, while chicks need protein-rich food that has drugs to prevent coccidiosis. Ducklings require lower temperatures than chicks.
Instructions of Raising Ducks with Chickens:
- Install an incubator with a divider. Turn on the incubator lamp
- Measures temperatures on both sides. The side for the chicks should be at 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 C) and the side for the ducklings should be at 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 C). Adjust the lamp and divider until you get the right temperature.
- Add pine chips to the incubator floor.
- Fill the feeders and feeders and place the feeders on their respective sides.
- Place the ducklings and the chicks on their respective sides.
- Watch the chicks and ducklings. If they huddle under the incubator, they are very cold. If they stay at the ends of the incubator away from the heat, the temperature is too high. Adjust the lamp depending on this.
- Change food and water every day. Put a shallow container of water for the ducks to sambuyan.
- Change the pine chips when they are wet or once a week.
- Once a week, set the incubator temperature to 5 degrees F (-15 C) until the incubator is at 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 C).
- Move the chicks and ducklings to the chicken coop and start offering those beans along with their food.
- Place a children’s pool so the ducks can swim.
- Change the type of feed when your chickens and ducks begin to lay eggs. Give them oyster shell as a food option.
Tips & Warnings:
Chickens and ducks can be kept in a cooperative, if necessary. Be sure to provide the chickens with high sleepers, but do not reach the ducks. Use drinkers instead of open dishes so that ducks do not make a mess.
It is not recommended to raise chicks and ducklings together in an incubator. The ducklings stay wet while the chicks get sick and die if they get wet. Ducklings grow faster than chicks often attack small chicks and kill them.
It is recommended to separate the ducklings and chicks by a small wire wall. They see each other and can still be maintained even in separate areas. Do not give him medicated chicken feed the ducklings. Medicines can harm ducklings.
Chicken Production Techniques:
In the chicken coop, it is a question of recreating the natural living conditions of the hens as much as possible. The birds are bred without hormones and without animal flours. They have a closed corral and also of an open space where to circulate.
It is important that hens live in a free environment, where they can develop with ease, and not in small sheds where the quality of life is totally unhealthy. If these conditions of life are protected the eggs will be more nutritious, healthy and complete.
Duck Production Techniques:
The raising of the duck has been done without investing too much in food, facilities, and equipment. Due to its rusticity, its high speed of growth, the weight that can reach and its ease of food conversion, among other characteristics, that make the duck an excellent option for production in systems of classic poultry farming.
Differences between chicken and duck meat:
The meat of the ducks presents multiple qualities, for example, its protein content, similar to chicken meat, is considered of higher quality and flavor. The duck egg has a high nutritional value. In addition to its nutritional characteristics. The duck is a rustic bird, resistant and adaptable to all types of breeding systems and environmental conditions, which gives it an advantage over other bird species.
Domestic ducks are very important as food sources in places like Asia and Europe, where there is a great demand for meat and duck egg. Worldwide, the country with the largest inventory of ducks and the largest producer of duck meat is China, while in Europe, France is the main producer and consumer of duck meat.
In North America, although to a lesser extent. There is also a large consumption of duck meat, mainly in the United States, where breeds that are most in demand for meat production are breeds of white plumage like Beijing.