Duck Farming Feasibility & Guide

  • Breed Name: Ducks
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Subfamily: Anatoidea
  • Lifespan: Mallard: 5 – 10 years
  • Wingspan: Mallard: 81 – 98 cm
  • Mass:
    • Mallard: 0.72 – 1.6 kg
    • Canvasback: 1.2 kg
    • Marbled duck: 480 g
  • Length:
    • Mallard: 50 – 65 cm
    • Canvasback: 48 – 56 cm
  • Lifespan: 5-10 years
  • Duck Terminologies:
    • A male duck is called a drake
    • The female is called a duck
    • Baby or young duck is called a Duckling
  • Feeding & Diet of Ducks:
    • Ducks mostly eat foods like aquatic plants, fish, grasses, insects, small amphibians, small molluscs and worms
    • They mainly feed on the surface of water or on land
    • Ducks should not be fed with bread as it damages their health
    • For better fertility and optimum breed, try “Premium Duck Feed” from Nadia Pets Cross. It is medicated (mixed with essential medicines for disease prevention) and fortified (full of required nutritional values)
  • Reproduction or Breeding of Ducks
    • Most duck species breed only once a year
    • Their breeding season mostly fall in Spring, summers or wet season
    • They make nest before breeding, and after hatching, lead their ducklings to water
    • Clutch size: Mallard: 8 – 13
    • Most domestic ducks neglect their eggs and ducklings, and their eggs must be hatched with help of a broody hen or in an artificial incubator
  • Lower Classifications / Species of Ducks
  • Abacot Ranger is a breed of domestic duck, initially known as the Hooded Ranger and as Streicherente (‘Ranger Duck’, in Germany). A utility breed, originally developed for eggs and meat, it is popular for exhibition and egg production today
  • African Black Duck (Anas sparsa)
  • African Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus auritus)
  • American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
  • American White-Winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi)
  • American Wigeon (Anas americana)
  • Andean Teal (Anas andium)
  • Asian White-Winged Scoter (Melanitta stejnegeri)
  • Auckland Islands Teal (Anas aucklandica)
  • Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
  • Australian Shelduck (Tadorna tadornoides)
  • Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata)
  • Baer’s Pochard (Aythya baeri)
  • Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)
  • Bali Duck Balinese Crested Duck or Crested Runner Duck is a lightweight breed raised primarily for exhibition or as pets, although they are good layers
  • Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
  • Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
  • Black-Bellied Whistling-duck(Dendrocygna autumnalis)
  • Black-Headed Duck (Heteronetta atricapilla)
  • Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)
  • Blue-Billed Duck (Oxyura australis)
  • Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera)
  • Blue-Winged Teal (Anas discors)
  • Brazilian Merganser (Mergus octosetaceus)
  • Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis)
  • Brown Teal (Anas chlorotis)
  • Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
  • Campbell Islands Teal (Anas nesiotis)
  • Campbell is a British breed of domestic duck found in three colour ie Khaki, White and dark. The egg production of the Campbell breed can exceed even the most efficient of egg-laying domestic chickens, with the breed laying an average of 300 eggs a year
  • Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
  • Cape Shoveler (Anas smithii)
  • Cape Teal (Anas capensis)
  • Chestnut Teal (Anas castanea)
  • Chiloe Wigeon (Anas sibilatrix)
  • Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
  • Cotton Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)
  • Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides)
  • Eastern Spot-Billed Duck (Anas zonorhyncha)
  • Eaton’s Pintail (Anas eatoni)
  • Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
  • Eider Common (Somateria mollissima)
  • Eider Spectacled (Somateria fischeri)
  • Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
  • Falcated Duck (Anas falcata)
  • Falkland Steamerduck (Tachyeres brachypterus)
  • Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
  • Flightless Steamerduck (Tachyeres pteneres)
  • Flying Steamerduck (Tachyeres patachonicus)
  • Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
  • Gadwall (Anas strepera)
  • Garganey (Anas querquedula)
  • Goldeneye Common (Bucephala clangula)
  • Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
  • Green Pygmy-Goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
  • Hardhead (Aythya australis)
  • Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
  • Hartlaub’s Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii)
  • Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana)
  • Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
  • Kelp Goose (Chloephaga hybrida)
  • King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
  • Lake Duck (Oxyura vittata)
  • Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis)
  • Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
  • Lesser Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
  • Long-Tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
  • Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa)
  • Madagascar Pochard (Aythya innotata)
  • Madagascar Teal (Anas bernieri)
  • Mallard(Anas platyrhynchos)
  • Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata)
  • Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus)
  • Meller’s Duck (Anas melleri)
  • Merganser Common (Mergus merganser)
  • Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
  • Muscovy Duck(Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to Mexico, Central, and South America
  • Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)
  • New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae)
  • Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
  • Northern Shoveler(Anas clypeata)
  • Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata)
  • Orpington or Buff Orpington Duck is a dual-purpose breed used for meat and egg production. It is capable of laying up to 220 eggs a year
  • Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
  • Pekin or White Pekin is an American breed raised primarily for meat, aka. American Pekin
  • Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica)
  • Pink-Eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
  • Pink-Headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea)
  • Pintail White-Cheeked (Anas bahamensis)
  • Plumed Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni)
  • Pochard Common (Aythya ferina)
  • Pochard Red-Crested (Netta rufina)
  • Pochard Rosy-Billed (Netta peposaca)
  • Pochard Southern (Netta erythrophthalma)
  • Pomeranian or Pommern duck is a German breed, a landrace originating in the German part of the baltic sea coast region called Pomerania
  • Red Shoveler (Anas platalea)
  • Red-Billed Duck (Anas erythrorhyncha)
  • Red-Breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
  • Redhead (Aythya americana)
  • Ring-Necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
  • Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
  • Saxony is a German breed, bred in Saxony in the 1930s,
  • Scaly-Sided Merganser (Mergus squamatus)
  • Scoter Common (Melanitta nigra)
  • Scoter Surf (Melanitta perspicillata)
  • Shelduck Common (Tadorna tadorna)
  • Shelduck Crested (Tadorna cristata)
  • Shelduck Paradise (Tadorna variegata)
  • Shelduck Radjah (Tadorna radjah)
  • Shelduck Ruddy (Tadorna ferruginea)
  • Shelduck South African (Tadorna cana)
  • Shetland duck originated in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.
  • Smew (Mergellus albellus)
  • Spectacled Duck (Speculanas specularis)
  • Spotted Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna guttata)
  • Steller’s Eider (Polysticta stelleri)
  • Teal Cinnamon (Anas cyanoptera)
  • Teal Common (Anas crecca)
  • Teal Hottentot (Anas hottentota)
  • Teal Grey (Anas gracilis)
  • Teal Marbled (Marmaronetta angustirostris)
  • Teal Puna (Anas puna)
  • Teal Ringed (Callonetta leucophrys)
  • Teal Salvadori’s (Salvadorina waigiuensis)
  • Teal Silver (Anas versicolor)
  • Teal Sunda (Anas gibberifrons)
  • Teal Yellow-Billed (Anas flavirostris)
  • Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata)
  • Tufted Duck(Aythya fuligula)
  • Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata)
  • West Indian Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arborea)
  • Western Spot-Billed Duck (Anas poecilorhyncha)
  • White-Backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus)
  • White-Faced Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
  • White-Headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala)
  • White-Headed Steamerduck (Tachyeres leucocephalus)
  • White-Winged Duck (Cairina scutulata)
  • Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
  • Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas undulata)
  • Yellow-Billed Pintail (Anas georgica)

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