Why Keep Ducks and Geese as Backyard Pets?
- They make loving and entertaining pets.
- They are natural weed eaters!
- Duck eggs are especially good for baking because they are higher in fat.
- Goose and duck eggs are bigger and higher in protein than chicken eggs, although less plentiful.
- Geese make good “guard dogs”.
- They can make your pond more beautiful.
What Do I Need to Keep Ducks and Geese?
- Predator proof housing to keep ducks and geese safe at night is a must.
- Horizon Acres Game Bird Starter, Horizon Acres Game Bird Conditioner or Horizon Acres All Flock fed at least twice daily and plenty of water to drink.
- Water to bathe in several times a week for proper hygiene.
- Friends! Ducks and geese are very social and will be happier if they are kept in groups of 2 or more.
- The majority of domestic ducks and geese released into the wild do not survive.
- Some breeds of ducks and most breeds or geese can fly. If you clip the wings, clip the flight feathers on only one side to allow better escape from predators.
- Although you do not need a pond or other body of water, adequate water to bathe in is very important for the health of waterfowl.
- Ducks are messier than chickens.
- Many dogs have a natural inclination to chase ducks, geese and other birds. Be sure to monitor your new pets closely to ensure their safety.
- Backyard ducks and geese are subject to the same laws as backyard poultry. Be sure to check city ordinances and subdivision rules before bringing your birds home.