The number of people and families that are homesteading is on the rise. Whether it’s due to wanting to know where their food comes from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or to go back to the basics, keeping farm animals is very popular these days- especially backyard chickens.
Chickens are relatively low maintenance, produce eggs pretty much daily and can be a source of meat- when the time arises- but recently there have been more and more accounts of how ducks are becoming the new chicken.
Ducks can be a perfect addition to your backyard flock if you like to garden, and love eggs. Duck eggs are even richer and contain more protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and pretty much more of every major mineral than chicken eggs. They are perfect for baking, due to their high fat and low moisture content.
Ducks spend a lot of time in the water. This makes them less susceptible to parasites than chickens, more cold-hardy- due to that extra layer of fat they have to stay buoyant in water- and more heat-hardy, since if they get too hot, they just go spend time in their favorite watering hole.
Ducks make wonderful pest control, as they will try their darnedest to eat every insect in your yard. While they’re aggressive to bugs, they aren’t aggressive to each other, and are very welcoming to new ducks into their flock. Chickens can be more aggressive to newcomers, as they have a stringent pecking order in place, especially if there is a rooster around.
Whether ducks or chickens strike your fancy more, both ducks and chickens are wonderful birds to have around. They’re fantastically entertaining to watch, make adorable babies, and lay delicious eggs. Chickens are generally the goto bird for the backyard, so I think it’s important to weigh all the feather friend options we have to us.
Someday I’ll have a farm, and I’ll have chickens and ducks, and maybe some quail too.
1. Ducks are generally healthier
Because they spend so much of their time in the water, ducks tend to be far less susceptible to mites and other external parasites than chickens. Any parasites that might be tempted to latch on will drown. Ducks also have hardier immune systems, tend to stay in better general health and are less likely to contract disease than chickens.
- See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens#sthash.fbxwVOuH.dpuf
Happy Flyday ~^v^~