How to Take Care of Your Pet Duck
So, you are wondering how to properly take care of your pet duck? You’ve come to the right place.
Having a pet duck can be an extremely rewarding experience, however there are many important things that you must keep in mind in order to ensure that your duck grows up healthy and happy.
Ducks can be slightly more difficult to raise than other pets, such as dogs and cats, given their environmental requirements and the fact that they are a social animal, and prefer to be raised in groups or pairs. Nonetheless, with proper care, your pet duck(s) will grow up happy and healthy, and will live a full life.
Giving Your Duck a Proper Habitat
Having a duck for a pet isn’t for everyone, as they are not exclusively indoor pets and require an outdoor habitat. While you could theoretically use a garage or large indoor room, the best solution is a fenced area outside, or better yet, a farm.
Most important is the size of the compound. You should provide your pet duck with two to three square feet of room to walk around, including an additional square foot for the nesting area (where the female can build a nest and lay eggs.)
If you are located in a warm climate, your compound must provide adequate ventilation for the ducks. Similarly, if you are situated in a cold climate, the compound should be insulated and have a roof in case of rain or snow.
The inside of your duck habitat is also important. The ground of the habitat should be layered with straw, wood shaving, or newspaper which will act as a litter for your ducks. This base should be changed fairly often.
Food and Drink for Your Duck
Like any other pet, proper nutrition is paramount to providing your duck with a healthy and long life. Ducks are omnivores, and therefore eat a variety of different food. Some common duck foods include the following:
- Cracked corn
- Oats, wheats or grains
- Milo seed
- Bird seed
- Vegetable or fruit trimmings
You must also install a water fountain for your ducks inside their habitat, so that they have access to clean, fresh water any time they need it.
Duck waterers are available in pet stores across the country, and can also be found online. These waterers should be installed 1-2 inches above the ground inside of your duck habitat, allowing the ducks to dip their beaks in the trough.
The water inside the waterer should be kept between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and unused water should be replaced at least daily.
Socializing with Your Ducks
While it might sound strange, ducks are just like any other pet. Giving them names and socializing with them will help you form a bond with them, and they will begin to trust you more and more.
These are only the basic steps you should take when caring for your pet ducks, and as with any other pet, there are numerous other tips and advice regarding the proper treatment of these animals.
We recommend conducting further research to determine how best to approach raising your pet ducks!