Backyard Poultry Vet at The Rabbit Shop
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Backyard Poultry Vet at The Rabbit Shop

Backyard Poultry Vet at The Rabbit Shop

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Ducks Basics


Temperament: friendly, messy, lovable and change your garden forever


Lifespan: 7 years


Breeds

The Pekin is described as an attractive large white duck, although the plumage can show a tinge of 

cream or yellow. They weigh 3.5-4kg with yellow or reddish-orange bill and legs. We have Flutter and 

Sunbeam


Muscovies ( another breed) come in colours including black, blue, white, black & white, and white. 

They are docile, placid and good foragers for snails. They are also bred for their meat and eggs.


Khaki Campbells are medium sized ducks (2.25-2.5kg with slender necks. They are mainly khaki 

coloured with a dark brown upper head and neck. These are fast growing and easy to raise ducks, 

usually bred as layers because their eggs are a similar size to chicken eggs. They are generally 

noisier.


Temperament

Ducks are intelligent and friendly in general. 


Health

Rarely suffer from ill health when well looked after and protected from predators. 


Feed ducks scraps and leftovers but include some commercial duck food to ensure they get essential 

nutrients. Supply plenty of fresh water for drinking as well as water in a small pond for swimming (a 

disused child’s pool will do).


Make sure there is still a dry area in the pen so that their feet are not wet all the time, otherwise they 

could develop infections of the foot. Worm regularly, about twice a year, to keep them healthy. See us 

for best wormers.


Space

Most duck breeds are well suited to suburban backyards and will forage for slugs and snails in the 

garden. All ducks can be messy and may trash a vegetable garden if allowed. A water container large 

enough in which to allow them to dunk is essential to ensure their eyes, nostrils and beaks stay clean 

and healthy.


Ducks do best when they have plenty of space in which to wander and so are best suited to larger 

backyards. It’s important to check with your local council to ensure by-laws allow the keeping of 

poultry in the area.


Maintenance

Ducks need a shed or shelter that has a predator-proof yard or house to keep them safe at night (from 

foxes and dogs) and provide protection from the weather. Dry straw or a other bedding is necessary 

for the ducks to sleep on and lay in. Change to fresh bedding every couple of days. A single duck can 

be lonely so always keep two or more ducks.