Duck farming at home gaining popularity
Duck farming at home is increasingly becoming popular. This new kind of farming is profitable even when 5-10 ducks are grown at home.
Ducks will feed on the food remains that we throw out and worms on the yards. They can also be given foods in measurable quantity. Breeds like Kakkikambal, Chempalli can be grown at home. Mixed breeds can also be preferred. They can be fed with water even in a pot and there is no need for constructing separate water bodies for them. The quantity of water is ideal if it is at the head level of the bird.
Ducks will lay eggs when they are 5 months old. As ducks feed on organic food remains, duck farming along with organic farming is more suitable for obtaining eggs. The feces of the birds can be used as manure for the vegetable farms at home. Giving medicines and vitamins regularly will increase egg production. Vaccination against ‘Ranikhet disease (Tharavu vasantha)' should be given in the first week of birth.
Ducklings can be bought from state government’s Niranam Duck Farm, Veterinary University Poultry Farm at Mannuthy or from authorized duck nurseries.