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EGGS, DUCKLINGS OR DUCKS

A long-time breeder shares insights about starting your duck venture.

Does the thought of adding ducks to your farm or suburban home sound appealing? If so, ask yourself a few questions before taking action. The first and most obvious: Confirm that you have the time, resources and desire to care for other creatures year-round. If you already have pets, livestock or poultry, then you have answered that question. Adding ducks to the mix might not be that big of an adjustment, but if you don’t keep livestock or other poultry, you still have to consider a few things before purchasing ducks.

KNOW THE RULES

Farm and rural residents are unlikely to face restrictive ordinances that affect keeping ducks. Suburban and urban residents will need to do homework. An increasing number of municipalities are passing ordinances that allow keeping just a small number of feathered friends in city or town limits.

Contact your municipal zoning board to determine the current rules and save time and future heartbreak. This is one instance where asking permission first is better than seeking forgiveness — for both you and the ducks.

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