Ducks are some of the cutest creatures that ever walked the planet. Perhaps this is the reason why many people are now into keeping ducks as pets. It has become quite popular these days to keep these small birds for the house, not the market.
Advantages of Keeping Pet Ducks
Ducks are, by nature, domestic and sociable. These traits make it considerably easy for people to succeed in keeping ducks as pets. But why would you want ducklings to be in your house in the first place? First of all, ducks are harmless. Unlike dogs, rats, and snakes – some of the most common pets around, ducks do not carry poison in their body, such as rabies and venom, to harm its owners. Second of all, ducks are friendly. Because they are sociable creatures, ducks can be conveniently familiarized with human habits so that boundaries can be quickly set and roles can be introduced. Last but not in any way the least, ducks are cheap. Unlike cats and dogs, ducks will not have you spending on huge amounts of expensive food, toys, clothing and accessories, and shelter.
How to Keep Them Alive
But that does not mean you can be complacent when it comes to keeping ducks as pets. If anything, you have to be extra careful of these creatures because of their size. They require constant care for the first five weeks of life. During the first three to four weeks, they need to be placed in a warm area, like a cage or a box with a light bulb. After this period, you can introduce them to the natural weather by taking them out of the cage or box and carrying them to various parts of the house – and even outside. However, do make sure that they are away from water. Premature swimming could lead to diseases or drowning.
When you're keeping ducks as pets, stock up on green plants for food. Pull out the weeds in your yard or buy some packed greens from your local pet store. Ducklings also accept kitchen leftovers, but not those that have molds or are spicy. For the first two weeks, however, ducklings should only be given duck starter; for the next three to seven weeks, they should be given duck grower. Do not forget to give them clean water for drinking.