DUCKS

Ducks are a low maintenance and are preferred for their meat as well as their eggs. However, ducks are known for their broodiness, and the females stop laying eggs. Nevertheless, most of the domesticated birds have lost their instinct for broodiness since they are no more part of the wild. Ducks are clean birds and are very particular about preening. Preening basically helps in secreting an oil from the base of the duck, this prevents water from touching their skin. After preening the ducks tend to take a short nap usually the preening process in ducks requires them to sleep. They like to feed near water, on land and in water. Ducks love to feed on insects, amphibians, worms, etc . They are naturally water lovers and enjoy being water regardless of the season. Their webbed feet helps them to swim around in ponds and lakes.

Ducks are very calm and quiet and they seldom fight among themselves, except when incubating eggs. The fight can only erupt between ducks if a new duck is introduced in the pen. But these fights are not for long time. Ducks are social birds and like being around humans. The domesticated duck tend to lay lot of eggs, and do not bother much about laying only in a nest. If they don’t find a nest they will lay egg on the floor. This may result in lesser chances of eggs to hatch due to contamination. Ducks have life expectancy of 10 years and usually on farms they do not die of old age.

GEESE

There are variety of species but the best that can be kept as pet is Chinese goose. It can tolerate confinement and can be kept indoors. These come in two colors, brown and white, the white variety is the most popular. The gender of these goose can be determined from the bump at the base. This bump is predominant in males as compared to females. They jell in well with the owner similarly they do with their parent. Chinese goose are very docile, curious, calm and gentle. Mostly it is believed that geese prefer human company rather staying with their own kind. They are considered very chatty and can be excellent watch dogs. If they are no familiar with something or someone they definitely alarm and alert the owners. It is always preferable to hand feed goslings to form a better binding with the bird. Goslings and difficult to raise, however, it is mandatory to provide light for keeping them warm specifically during winters. If any of the gosling choses to be away from the light that only means that it doesn’t want it and is warm enough. During winters geese are prone to frost bites especially on the bumps and beaks. Geese are neat and clean birds and they preen themselves. They love to eat cereal type grain and are also happy to eat weeds that are found in their lawn such as clover, plantain leaf, grass, lettuce, spinach etc .