Crested duck farming is a very common and popular business idea. Because it is a very old breed of domestic duck which has been around since before the 1600s. It is a dual-purpose breed which is good for both meat and eggs production purpose.
Exact origin of the Crested ducks is unknown, but they were portrayed in Dutch painting around the 17th Century. And the breed was probably originated from the East Indies, with subsequent development in Europe. And the breed was probably brought to Europe from East Indies by Dutch ships.
Along with meat and eggs production, the Crested ducks are also raised for their beauty and also as pets. They are truly a striking bird with the powder puff of feathers on their head. They have such appearance because it is heterozygous for a genetic mutation causing a deformity of the skull.
There is also a bantam version of the Crested duck, which is called as the Crested Miniature duck. And this version is very popular for their beauty and occasionally raised as pets.
However, as a dual-purpose breed, the Crested duck can be good for both meat and eggs production. And commercial Crested duck farming can be profitable if you can manage everything perfectly, and if you can sell your products easily in the market.
How to Start Crested Duck Farming
Starting Crested duck farming business is relatively easy. Because these ducks are relatively very hardy and the ducklings generally grow faster. Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Crested duck farming business from purchasing ducks to caring and marketing.
First of all, try to purchase very good quality, healthy and disease free ducks from any of your nearest poultry market or any existing Crested duck farms. You can ask for help from an expert while choosing and purchasing ducks. You can also search your local online classified websites for purchasing ducks.
A good house not only keeps the ducks healthy but also helps them to stay free from all types of predators and adverse weather. So try to make a good and comfortable house for your ducks.
Install good ventilation system and ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house. And make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house.
As a medium sized breed, a mature Crested duck will require around 4 square feet housing space. Clean the house and other equipment inside the house as frequently as possible. Doing this will help to keep the ducks healthy.
Adequate and quality feeding is the most important part of Crested duck farming business. So always try to feed your ducks with enough good and nutritious food. And never provide them with polluted or contaminated foods.
For good and maximum breeding results, keep one male duck with 8-10 female ducks. Doing this will ensure production of fertile eggs for hatching.
The Crested ducks are fairly quiet birds. They are generally calm and friendly in nature. So they can be raised as pets. They are relatively strong and hardy birds. So they generally require less care and other management. Although taking additional care will help them to grow better and stay healthy. Vaccinate them timely and always try to keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing duck’s products is not a problem. Because both meat and eggs of ducks have very good demand and value in the market. So, you will probably be able to easily sell the products in the local market. Although you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the common steps and ways for starting and operating a successful Crested duck farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!