Thinking about getting bantam ducks for meat and eggs.
by, 02-28-2014 at 03:39 PM (544 Views)
I'm planning a bantam duck paddock area that will have duck brooding/housing, duckponics and gardening features. I've never had ducks before. Chickens are similar but not the same. We have started tilapia aquaponics and hope to leverage some of that knowledge.
Duckponics refers to using a garden bed of a certain type to filter the duck pond so the ubiquitously gummy duck pond stays clean without any scrubbing. Saves water and fertilizes the garden.
I want the ducks to hatch their own eggs and bantams are supposedly superior moms.
I want to utilize rotating paddocks to give the ducks the opportunity to graze and fertilize each area. I will grow duck veg in each paddock. The duck pond and the housing will be in a communal area to the rotating paddocks. And I think I can put the duck house under the grow/garden bed that filters their pond. Hopefully the grow bed will be out of their reach and I will grow veggies for me. In addition I want to experiment with solar powered pumps and predator deterrent lighting.
I will be in planning mode for some time. We will see what actually gets implemented. I'm not sure if I want to depend on predator deterrent lighting, provide completely fenced in areas or put the ducks up during the dark hours. Bantam ducks are small and make an experiment more flexible while still producing eggs/meat. If the bantam ducks work out, I can theoretically use them to hatch and brood a larger duck like Muscovy. Still learning.