How to Start a Duck Farm

Poultry is very popular source of income in the farm as the demand for eggs and poultry's meat keeps on rising. From the remote area of a farm down to the crowded city, the need for the poultry's output is very much high indeed.

Poultry doesn't refer only to chicken-raising but also to duck-raising as well. Ducks' eggs are of high demand most especially to those health-conscious people.

They prefer duck's eggs rather than the chicken for it contains more nutrients than the later.

To have a productive and successful duck farm you need to know the proper way of rearing ducks. You must know the basics of proper feeding, duck breeding, etc.

Start them Young

It is advisable to start rearing a duckling as it is easier to handle than to have them as grown-up ducks. Grown-up ducks are noticeably resistant than the ducklings.

Build a Coop that is Conducive to Growth

Make your coop 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 growing. Maintain enough number of ducks in a coop as this will reflect good output during the harvest time.

Feeding the Ducks

Have their foods wet rather than dry to make them eat more. Ducks love wet food and this affect their eggs, making it bigger and even heavier. Seafood like shrimps, fishes, clamps, shells etc. are the 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.

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Some alternative feeds for ducks:

  • Banana Peelings – Instead of throwing it, have it dried under the sun and powder it by crushing as this is the best source of protein to help your ducks grow faster than the usual. Based on researches, banana peelings contain more fibers, fats and calcium but less phosphorus compare to rice bran.
  • Sweet Potatoes and Cassava – If your farm has plenty of these, feed it to your ducks! Have it dried under the sun and pulverized it. As researches show that ducks fed with this food are laying eggs more compared to those ducks which are only fed by corn.
  • Seaweeds – This may cost you little if your farm is near the sea. Researches show that ducks fed with half rice bran and half seaweeds laid more eggs than those ducks which are fed by pure rice bran.

Additional Tip: have your duck farm with plenty of water for your ducks to swim into as this will affect their egg laying productivity. Prove it to yourself, and see the difference!

FAQ

Q. What are the various types of duck available in the market for farming?

A. Different breeds available in the market are Rouen duck, Pekin, Mandarin duck, wood duck etc.

Q. What breed of duck is best for eggs?

A. White pekin duck is best for eggs.

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186 Comments

  • Goerge Munyiri said on October 7, 2010
    I wish to start a duck and rabbit farm in Embu. How i would wish to get detailed information.
  • Karisa Ngala Kadenge said on December 14, 2010
    I wish to start a duck and rabbit farm in Kikambala Mtwapa. How can u help my find capital and proceed with this venture.NB Might decide to settle down in the farm to focus more on this farming business if it is convincing/provide for my family.
  • Kavitha said on February 5, 2011
    I like to start duck farm in Kedah,Malaysia. How can u help me to find capital and proceed with this ventures. Can i get business loan from government.
  • Humphrey M wansite said on March 17, 2011
    My farm is in korogwe district in Tanga region in Tanzania. I would like to learn more about duck and rabbit keeping
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 17, 2011
    @Humphrey M wansite, Hello Humphrey M wansite, Generally people choose to raise duck for meat or for eggs. So what is your choice duck eggs or meat? According to your plan you can choose the best breed for your farm. You can check the FAQ section at the top for different breeds. Here are few things to learn for raising ducks.
    • Brooding your ducklings. It is really important to know the details about brooding ducklings to start and grow your farm.
    • Housing for your ducks
    • About food and feeding method of ducks

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Nilo M. Hautea said on April 12, 2011
    I have 800 ducks at present. We used our ducks to feed them on the rice field after harvest but availability of rice field is not enough. Lately i used to feed them dried and pulverized banana since banana plantation is near our place. I'm feeding them 70 percent pulverized banana, 20 percent rice bran, fishmeal, salt and limestone added. I'm feeding ducks this way since for me it is the cheapest way than rice bran or corn, but i'm also worried if this way of feeding is not good for my ducks. My ducks stop laying eggs when rice field is hardly available last 3 weeks and their feeders change. after that i feed them banana but until now they are still not laying eggs. Are these feedings affects their laying? Pls. advise me. Thank you.
  • john rey macaraya suerte said on August 18, 2011
    could you give me an idea on how to have an successful duck farm
  • Mani said on January 14, 2012
    West Bengal, India i like to start duck firm pl tell how to start n how many place will required to keep 1000 ducks
  • ramsingh said on January 22, 2012
    i want stat duck farm in uttrakhand in bageswer dist. can u tell me what are the things required for starting small duck farm
  • louie cea said on February 13, 2012
    I am finish my job as overseas worker now I'm staying home in the Philippines, in this regards I want to start duck poultry farm, How can I start the poultry and what are tools needed I going to prepare. Please give an advise. Thanks alot
  • Joseph said on April 22, 2012
    I am from kerala I want to farm ducks. it is not easy to get low cost feed .feeding maggots leads to infection .feeding banana peels also seem impractical, first we have to dry eat ,then powder it
  • evangeline pascual hewlett said on April 30, 2012
    hi i am new to duck raising i have just started with 2000 ducks ready to lay and now laying 260 eggs. just wondering what is best to farm the ducks as for now they are still in rice field during the day and come home to the duck shed at night, some people say that its best to keep the ducks 24hrs a day in shed for maximize egg laying. but to keep feed cost low and a happy ducks they are still free range as they are only starting to lay eggs...eggs are going up everyday by the way my ducks farm is in philippines...hope to hear your advice
  • w.ibotombi said on May 30, 2012
    I am Indian from Manipur I have prepare for the duck farm. I want to start 1000 ducks. So give me advices, land require, easily feeding, how to prepare shelter and healthy ducks. Thanks you.
  • kasim said on June 22, 2012
    sir, i am interested setup the duck firm for egg.500 hundred duck. i am in india assam. which type of duck is better. land required. how i make house. food medicine everything need for firm so pls details. thanks
  • Shiro said on June 27, 2012
    nice article,i think i wanna start with 500 Daily Old Duck (DOD) Shiro, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia
  • vijay patole said on July 23, 2012
    I am finish my job as CNC operator worker now I'm staying home in the dharmapuri village dist solapur, in this regards I want to start duck poultry farm, How can I start the poultry and what are tools needed I going to prepare. Please give an advise. Thanks alot....!
  • kevin killeen said on August 14, 2012
    I am Irish and I want to prepare for the duck farm. I want to start 1000 ducks. So give me advice, land required, easily feeding, how to prepare shelter and healthy ducks. Thank you.
  • matin clark said on September 20, 2012
    We want to start a duck farm to produce eggs and to slaughter, can you please advised where to start.
  • mujju said on September 21, 2012
    I am ready to start a duck farm if u have all information about duck please forward all details.
  • peter Nyarwa said on September 25, 2012
    I started a duck farm and i want to expand it.I need your advice.
  • rashid raju said on October 9, 2012
    Hello sir. i am raju live in jhansi india(u.p.) ....please give me Advice for duck farming ......... with par duck price and feed cost thank you...
  • pk singh said on October 12, 2012
    i am pr amod singh we start duck farm advice with hatchery farm i start 200 duck i want your advice,
  • sujit kumar singh said on November 8, 2012
    I live in west Bengal Hooghly District and I want to start duck poultry farm and want to all information about duck farming please forward all details.
  • ibotombi said on November 11, 2012
    I am from Imphal. My farm site is Wabagai Thoubal distric. I will like to start duck farm of 1000 ducks, pliz, advice how many land required , feeding , shelter , precaution of health and managements.
  • chandan kumar khatua said on November 19, 2012
    sir, i want to start a duck firm please tell me procedure where i get its proposal pls tell me
  • amir said on November 20, 2012
    can ducks live near the sea shore does saltwater affect their egg production?
  • george norres said on December 16, 2012
    hi..sir. presently am working in djibouti. i am planning to settle back in india. my place is in kochi.kerala. i would like to know about duck egg farm and chicken egg farm. for 1000 duck and chicken how much it will cost and food per day and how long they give eggs. for chicken farm what kind of climate they need etc. thankin you, george norres
  • acdas said on December 27, 2012
    i from wb, hooghly going to start & run a khakicampable farm. detail information about source of ducklings, boiler ducks, food habits and infrastructure. decided for 2000 nos at initial stage.
  • Joe said on January 4, 2013
    Hi, I am an experienced duck farmer of 20 years+ . I raise only muscovy ducks. I live in California, USA. I am trying to find info or companies or anything where I could sell my ducklings too each year? I have always raised them for a hobby and have hundreds, but could start a legitimate thing out of it. And raise thousands each year. Can anyone help me out? Point me in the right direction, who to contact and all that please. Any sites, numbers, emails. Locations of places that would buy in quantity, or ideas on what I should do? anything would help. Thanks!
  • m said on January 18, 2013
    india, kerala, pathanamthia. i would like to start a duck farm consisting of 600 ducks i want expert advice
  • Chandregowda mk said on February 9, 2013
    How to Start a Duck Farming. I want information. Turuvekere (T) Tumkur (D) karannataka
  • Ian said on February 23, 2013
    I am a freelance consultant from UK, based in Thailand, 10 years as Consultant for large Thai producer of ducks and 6 years Technical Advisor worldwide for UK duck breeding company. Previously in poultry. Should you require a consultant please contact me on the above email. Thank you. Regards Ian
  • michelle s. rosario said on March 17, 2013
    i'm doing my feasibility study about duck farming, may i ask if it is feasible to build my duck farm near the hi-way and in a vacant lot near fish ponds and not fields.
  • B.K. PANICKER said on April 17, 2013
    80 km from mumbai city, maharashtra , india I want to start a duck farm. Please suggest all things. Thanks
  • R.K.Mandal said on April 20, 2013
    I want to start Duck hatchery project. Please suggest. Birbhum,west Bengal. mob.-9836633886
  • Dennis Lopez said on April 25, 2013
    I want to put up a duck farm may be 2000 heads or more. I would like to ask if how much will it cost me as an initial investment since I am planning to buy ducklings. Also please advise if how much will it cost me monthly like feeds etc before my ducks will lay eggs. I am from Candaba, Pampanga, Philippines.
  • Max said on April 26, 2013
    Hi I'm like to start duck farm please tell me where I should start?
  • ramanujam said on April 29, 2013
    Am from andrapradesh , karimnager district, i have interest on duck farm, so please kindly help me how to start this & and provide me its productivity & exporting full details....
  • Velentina Thangjam said on May 12, 2013
    I'm frm Manipur, India n my village is in kairembikhok, Thoubal district. i've started rearing 12 ducks n mother duck has also laid 17 eggs so can u advice me some tips to make my duck grow more faster.
  • Tahir Ayub said on May 19, 2013
    I am from Pakistan I want to start a duck farm please suggest me that which breed is best for eggs.
  • syed shahab said on June 10, 2013
    me live in pakistan in kharian city . My problem is that i dont find the place in pakistan from where i buy the duck chicks
  • farrukh bashir said on June 21, 2013
    From where we can buy duck chicks
  • utpal mukherjee said on June 27, 2013
    like any other animal ducks too require, energy, minerals, vitamins and water in a specific proportion. After many years of research our company make a complete duck feed, now we supply the feed in various company & animal husbandry in west bengal. any required pls contact, nigomananda food product, burdwan, west bengal, 9332294671, our feeds is the best your duck. we also supply the best chicks.
  • Musa Ali said on July 8, 2013
    I am a residents of Samsi a village in the district Malda in West Bengal, I am from a poor farmer family back ground and do have some vacant land besides our house and I have planed to start a duck rearing farm. In this regards I wanted to know in details of this from A TO Z. From where I will get help in this context, if some one will help me i would remain great thankful to him. I wanted to start the farm for commercial purpose. My name is Musa Ali.and my contact no-9831836174
  • vando said on July 8, 2013
    Please you pray for me, I wish my family to blesses to the poor, homeless, orphans kids. So i need to start ducks farm business i Battambang Cambodia. Matthew 21:22. Thank you so much.
  • Ratan said on July 18, 2013
    Sir I want to be a successful duck farm. please give me advice
  • khalid mehmood said on July 20, 2013
    i am in karachi pakistan wants to guide me about duck farming for eggs
  • vinod yadav said on July 22, 2013
    sir i am in india(mumbai) i am having land out side city and i like to start a duck farming for eggs & meat please give me advice to start a new business
  • Cheow Goh said on July 31, 2013
    I am looking at buying over a duck farm in New Zealand from a friend who is retiring. 8 acres of land , 2 ponds plus all equipments/machinery .Currently have 500 ducks .Can go upto 5000 ducks. I know nothing about duck farming. Was in banking all my life. Pls advise whether I should hire someone to live in the farm and do the stuff for me. Tks
  • Goutam Mukhopadhyaya said on August 5, 2013
    I want to start a duck farm in Jharkhand but I have no idea please advice me. Please give me the complete details for this business. I want to start is as soon as possible. I have all the facilities like land , water resources. I can arrange other requirements also.
  • topu das said on August 8, 2013
    hi myself topu das i from hyderabad india .i want to start a duck farm in hyderabad plz advice me the complete details for the duck business. how much area is needed for the farm. and which breed is good for egg and meat production .
  • Junaid said on August 12, 2013
    i have read your contents, these are very much informative. i just want to know if i produce 100 kg of food then how much banana peeling or sweet potato could be used to make a proper food value as these items are available in our country. please answer my question as soon as possible. i am from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Roshan said on August 12, 2013
    Hello Sir, I want to start duck farm in Amravati, MH. Can you will consult me for this project & help in bank loan & selling of eggs.
  • topu das said on August 13, 2013
    dear sir i havent received any mail from ur side plz do advise me the complete details how to start a duck farm waiting for ur mail hope to receive it on time this time its really important for us.
  • sadatullah said on August 23, 2013
    sir, i want to start a khaki cambell duck farm ,where will i get ducklings of khaki cambell plzz send me details with phone no, my location as: lalgola, murshidabad, west bengal, india,
  • monoj said on August 26, 2013
    I am from Assam and want to start the duck business so please give me some advice for it.
  • Dev Meitei said on September 19, 2013
    I am from Manipur,I want to become a great successful man by doing duck farms.Plz give me the methods of this farms.
  • Ali said on September 20, 2013
    I would like to start duck farming in pakistan, punjab, lahore site, please guide me in detail for this purpose around about 2 lac rupees as investment.
  • susanth kumar mandal said on October 15, 2013
    i agree to start a duck farming in orissa, so give ideas to start. both eggs & chicken. pond available.
  • Saheed said on October 23, 2013
    Thanks, its An Eye Opner Read 2 Start, i Will Be Communicate U 4rm Nigeria
  • salmin said on October 26, 2013
    i am farmer duck, so how can i improve my business at my lower capital plz help me. tanzani, 23yrs
  • ASIM YOUSAF said on October 30, 2013
    I WANT TO START DUCK FARMING IN LAHORE PAKISTAN. I HAVE ALREADY OSTRICH FARMING AND BEEF FATTENING FARM. PLEASE LET ME KNOW FROM WHERE I CAN BUY PURE KHAKI CAMPBELL BREED. SO I CAN START DUCK FARM. I WANT TO DO FARMING FOR EGGS. I MEAN LAYER DUCK FARM. WAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE . REGARDS ASIM
  • gautam said on October 31, 2013
    To start a duck farm I want the help from you. I am from westbengal india.
  • aditya sharma said on November 6, 2013
    I am from bargarh, odisha, india. i am a poultry feed n chicks trader.now I want to start duck trading but I could not found any duck hatchery in Orissa or near by. so kindly plz help me to find out the contact detail of any duck hatchery. thank's
  • Rashid Mahmood Butt said on November 14, 2013
    hello dear i'm a pakistani want to set up duck farm beside my wheat flour mill and like to utalize the wheat washing water having lot of small impurities wheat for the duck feed. would u pl advise me about this farm. i shall have pound in 1 kanal or 5000sq feet area with 4-5 feet deep is it sufficient for 3000 birds. i shall have same dry space surrounding the pound with grass. i need your advise to start up and the threats in this business. regards rashid mahmood butt
  • Md.Rahmat.Alam said on November 21, 2013
    sir, I want to start khaki Campbell duck farming with hatching in ranchi, jharkhand. what is the prospect and if possible please give me detail project proposal ,for 5000 approx khaki Campbell duck, what will be the input and output, i want to tie with other hatchery or farm .which company perched the eggs, where we contact for purchase the birds feeds, any scheme by government in this project. help me .thank you.
  • hitpal singh said on November 25, 2013
    hello sir!! I want to start a duck farm in rajasthan in pali disti. Can you give me information about breed and where to seal eggs and how profitable this business is.
  • Prem Bihar Nagar said on November 29, 2013
    I want to start a duck farm in country india state rajasthan dist. Baran but I have no idia Please advice me. Please give me complete details for this business. I want to start is as soon as possible. I have all the facilities like land, water, resources. I can arrange other requirement also. so again plz give me all detail.
  • sergio said on December 2, 2013
    Sir, i'm planning to raise duck , please give a good idea in w/c location i put , it is advisable near in the sea? Please give a complete details... thank u.....
  • andy said on December 2, 2013
    sir, i want to start duck raising in tarlac, philippines. i need ur advise to get info from farms where in nearest to my location. duckling/hatchery and more details before putting my own business. i knew some farms, doing these business for long time, but i don't have their address where could contact them. so, i would like to thank you sir in giving some support of my future plan.
  • abhijit chutia said on December 5, 2013
    Sir I want to start a duck farm please give a advice.
  • Rana Ahmad Jawad said on December 13, 2013
    sir, I want to start a duck farm near Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. I don't know from where to buy ducklings. I need complete detail. Is there any farm which can be visited to get information? waiting for your support. Thanks.
  • Ankush Das Gupta said on December 28, 2013
    I am from Burdwan District(West Bengal) and want to start Duck Farming. Please help me in this regard.
  • Vixay VANG said on December 29, 2013
    Hi! I, myself wish a plan to start a duck farm in my country(Vientiane, Laos) but I am poor of the information and how to start it so, could you give me some advises or the best way? I am here waiting for your support.
  • Khalid Hussain Malik said on January 2, 2014
    Sir, I want to start Duck farm, if feasible. Pl, guide me.
  • Romesh Meitei said on January 13, 2014
    Myself Romesh from imphal, I have two acres so that I will say that how many ducks are there settle in this places? What kind of duck's breed is more suitable for meat?
  • DEBABRATA GIRI said on January 22, 2014
    I want to open a duck farm, at fatepur, ramnagar, purba medinipur, west bengal-721441, india. Inform me about duck chicks, feed............
  • Benny K A said on January 24, 2014
    I am from Kochi, Kerala. We have got a unused quarry spread around 2 acres of land with plenty of water and we propose to start with a duck farm inside. Please provide me feasibility for this project to enable me to initiate. ( Benny K A )
  • Hitesh Shrivastav said on January 28, 2014
    i m starting a ducks farming business pls contact me 7820943007
  • Josie Falcis said on February 1, 2014
    Hi i am from the Philippines and have 700 ducks only 150 are laying eggs. would really appreciate if you could help me to improve my eggs production? i am feeding them a commercial feeds and gave them a vitamins and some extra food from the farm. Please i need some advise. Many Thanks, Josie
  • Ojo Jacob said on February 14, 2014
    I am interested in starting duck farming in Nigeria, apart from black duck, which specie can I start with? Please, advise me.
  • sadiq uddin said on March 6, 2014
    Just to let everyone who is interested in knowing how much it costs to feed duck farm in bangladesh, my farm has 1500 ducks and I spend around 22,000 bangladesh taka everyday on feed, it is not cheap to feed duck farm and every season prices change so sometimes it cost more and sometimes a little less.
  • sadiq uddin said on March 6, 2014
    Sorry I meant to say 2200 bangladesh taka every day
  • Edwin paul said on March 17, 2014
    Hello, I am indenting to start duck farm with 1000 ducks for eggs production in Philippines. Could you please help me in the following issues?
    1. What should be the breed?
    2. What is the estimated cost of 1000 ducks?
    3. What is the estimated cost of feed for 1000 ducks daily?
    4. what are the other necessary tools regarding this?
    Waiting for your response.
  • Stanley Hamaga said on April 1, 2014
    Hi sir..am from Papua New Guinea,I really wanted to start up a duck poultry please need more of your advice.I've started with 200 hundred ducks.
  • jaspal said on April 1, 2014
    my name is jaspal i want to start duck poultry farm please give me the advise & information
  • kundan sk said on April 3, 2014
    Sir can u give me a detail information, how to start duck farm and where it sale his eggs and meat, and what is rate of per egg or bulk, and how can i find buyers in market.
  • Langpoklakpam Purna Singh said on April 7, 2014
    I am Purna from Imphal. I want to start a duck farm with 1000 birds capacity. Please provide me some details about Pekin ducks, where i can get this breeds.
  • ayanda said on April 13, 2014
    Hi i'm Ayanda from Durban I wish to start a Duck farm and if I can get help i'm waiting for a funding it has been approved. please assist. thank you.
  • ak badal said on April 19, 2014
    I have a very small plot 12feet x25 feet. How can I start duck farming in it? If possible, will u please advice me with the layout and number of ducks I can start with. Thanking u
  • Dayal singh said on April 20, 2014
    Hi. I want to start duck farming in ajmer(Rajesthan) so kindly suggest me how much investment needed to start a duck farm(minimum). and who is the buyer of egg.
  • MANMOHAN said on April 20, 2014
    Better to start with small numbers say around 25. The breed that you can prefer is vegova which actually originated in vetnam. it takes two months to get the ducks ready for culling, minimum weigh will be around two and a half kilo. The most good part is that those breed dosn't need much water space, should say not needed.
  • geraldine said on April 30, 2014
    i'm working in dubai, but i want to have other income to sustain my children schooling. I want raise ducks for laying eggs. can you advise how much capital do I need to prepare and where can my husband go for seminar a technical know how in raising a duck please email me thanks by the way, may i know how many sq meters do a 1000 ducks needed for housing. thanks
  • Eline msuya said on May 7, 2014
    I live Tanzania I have 500 duck 'and more where can I get market?
  • Satrawala d.c. said on May 8, 2014
    I am interested in Start duck farming in Ajmer (Rajasthan) Please give me suggestion for duck eggs demand in which markets. Thanks
  • LIYO said on May 21, 2014
    Dear Sir, I have interest to start 1 duck farm in Kerala. Am looking for Egg and Meet Purpose. so can u give me any experienced person contact no in Kerala or any other agencies No. Regards, LIYO
  • malil bashir said on May 21, 2014
    I want to start a duck egg farm plz send me full details thanks I wants to start the farm 2000 birds
  • JIT SARKAR said on May 25, 2014
    I would like to start my own duck farm in Ahamad pur, pin- 731201, Birbhum, West Bengal,India.
  • sunder sapam said on May 31, 2014
    hi i am sunder from khongjom chingtham 795148 dist. Thoubal. City imphal .sate manipur india i have 200 ducks at my home. Plez, tell me how to start a duck farm
  • debasish paul said on June 15, 2014
    hi, i would like to start a integrated farming (duck and fish). want expert advice. how can i get this? Please let me know asap.

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