How to Raise Ducks in your Backyard

Herd of ducks in the barrio (Photo:Ireno Alcala)
Herd of ducks in the barrio (Photo:Ireno Alcala)
Ducks foraging rice seeds and small snails in the ricefield (Photo:Ireno Alcala)
Ducks foraging rice seeds and small snails in the ricefield (Photo:Ireno Alcala)

Hearing the quack, quack

Aside from raising your own children, or just starting a family, why not indulge yourself into another interesting hobby: raising herds of ducks in your own home at your backyard?

This will be suitable for you while creating your niche in the countryside or if your work destined you to be in such place.

I live in the countryside of the Philippines. From time to time, I am commuting to the greater city of Manila from the Bicol region (the place of the majestic Mayon volcano) in order to report at the maritime agency where I work for as a seafarer.

While on vacation and taking a month-long vacation, I observed that after harvesting the ricefields, some of my neighbors will ask permission to the landowner if they can pasture their ducks in the newly-harvested fields. Immediately after the approval, you can now hear the happy quacking of the herds of ducks very eager to forage whatever was left in the fields by the harvesters.

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Raising your own friendly ducks

I said friendly because, seldom you can see them to be stubborn animals. Just feed them abundantly and the herd will reward you with happy quacks, eggs and of course, their meats. It can also be a personal pet of your children and yours, too, aside from domesticated dogs and cats.

But don't let your dogs and cats eat the ducklings.

So, let's make it a try.

1) Buy your breeding stock from reliable duck raisers. The Pateros duck (mallard duck) is good for egg production and the Peking duck is good both for meat and egg purposes. You can also raise Muscovy duck or Pato. Muscovy has low egg production but is more self sustaining than the Pateros and Peking ducks.

2) Build your duck house in a quite, cool place and near as possible to a stream or pond. Local materials like bamboo, nipa and cogon are cool and cheap.

3)Provide each duck with at least 34 square feet of floor space. The floor should be covered with either rice hulls, corn cobs, peanut hulls or similar materials to make it dry and clean; and to help prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

4) You can provide a swimming pond for the ducks if you wish. One of 10 feet wide and 20 feet long is adequate for 50 birds. However, a pond is not really necessary in duck raising. The ducks can lay just as many eggs without it.

5) Pateros ducks start laying when they are about 4-6 months old. Peking and Muscovy ducks start laying at about 6-7 months old. In breeding, you need male for every five female ducks. Select breeders that are healthy, vigorous and without defects

6) Ducklings need to be brooded or warmed until they are a month old.

a. The temperature required for brooding is 95°F for the first week, 90°F for the second week, 85°F for the third week and 80°F for the last week.

b. The behavior of the ducklings is a good indicator whether brooding temperature is correct. The ducklings huddle close topether toward the source of heat when temperature is low; scattered or spread evenly when the temperature is correct; but planting and moving away from the source of heat when the temperature is too hot.


c. A good brooding area is at least 1/2 square foot per duckling during the first week. The area should be increased by about 1/2 square foot every week until the fourth week.

d. When your ducklings show signs of sickness, add three tablespoons of Nexal for every gallon of water for 2-3 days. Skip or withdraw after 3 days. Then continue for another 3 days. Terramycin poultry formula can also be used Follow the instructions on the package carefully.

e. In order to prevent Avian Pest Disease, immunize your ducks with Avian Pest Vaccine which can be obtained free from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

f. Sex your ducklings. If you desire to fatten the extra males, then grow them separately from the females.

g. When ducklings are six weeks old, they can be transferred from the brooder to the growing house.

h. Transfer the layers to the laying house when they are four months old.


7) Feed your ducks the right kind of feed.


a. 1-day to 6-week-old ducklings should be fed with starter mash with 10-21 percent crude protein.

b. 6-week-old to 4 month old ducklings should be fed with growing mash with at least 16 percent crude protein.

c. 4-month-old ducks and above should be fed with laying ration with at least 16 percent crude protein.

d. Commercial feeds are good for your ducks. However, if you want to mix your own feed, here is a formula for a practical general purpose ration:


Ingredients:

First class rice bran (darak)- 55 kilograms
Ground corn or binlid - 20 kilograms
Shrimps or snails - 25 kilograms
Wood ash or ground charcoal - 1.5 kilograms
Ordinary table salt -250 grams
Ground limestone or shells -250 grams
Afsillin or Aurofac - 250 grams

This general purpose ration may be fed to your ducks of any age.


e. Also, feed plenty of chopped green leaves of either kangkong, comfrey, camote, ipil-ipil and legumes as additional feed. Give at least 10 grams of chopped green leaves per duck per day.

f. You can grow and feed fresh water snails to your ducks. Giving one gallon of fresh snails a day to 24 duck layers will help increase egg production.

g. Provide your ducks plenty of clean fresh water all the time.


8) If you provide a swimming pond for your ducks, limit their playing in the water to 1-2 hours a day. Too much playing in the water will tire your ducks and make them eat more feeds.

9) Do not allow your ducks to get wet under the rain because they may get sick.

10) Pateros or mallard ducks should weigh about 21/2 kilograms at 6 months. They should lay about 250-280 eggs in one year. On the other hand, Peking should weigh about 3 1/24 kilograms at 6 months old and lay about 180-200 eggs in,a year.

11) You may start growing your replacement ducks when your layers are in their second year of laying. Dispose of your pool layers and retain the good ones.


12) Duck eggs and meat are as nutritious as chickens'. Eat plenty of duck eggs and meat, they are good for you and your family.


Sources: Harold Watson and Warlito Laquihon. Mindanao Baptist Mission.nternational Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) Silang 4118, Cavite, Philippines Tel. No. (0969) 94-51 Fax No. (632) 522-24-94 ; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Visayas Ave., Diliman Quezon City, Philippines ; Ford Foundation (FF) 6th Floor, Doarcisa Bldg. Paseo de Roxas, Makati Metro Manila, Philippines

Balut egg with chick as an aphrodisiac/ thephilippineisland.com
Balut egg with chick as an aphrodisiac/ thephilippineisland.com

 

BALUT-MAKING

One of the famous foods the Filipinos are known for is the “balut”. It’s a one-day old boiled duckling egg. The “balut” is known as an energizer to those who need strength or aphrodisiac to others. This is peddled every evening by “balut” vendors and they come together with “chicharon”, fried thin slices of pork fat or skin.

Mallard duck locally known as ‘Pateros itik’ (Anas platyrynchos) is commonly used by duck farmers in the Philippines. The eggs from this duck are processed to "balut" and salted eggs. "Balut" is an incubated egg with developed embryo of 17 to 19 days which is boiled and eaten with or without salt. It is a Filipino delicacy that commands a good price. Fresh duck eggs are also used to prepare a dessert called "leche flan" (egg custard).

According to Ti Sencia (a traditional balut-maker ), the best balut – also known as “balut sa puti” – is made by allowing the eggs to incubate from 16 to 17 days. Eighteen days is still okay, but go beyond that and the sisiw will be too large for leisurely consumption. Eggshell thickness is also a very important factor in the handling and processing of "balut" and salted eggs.

Balut-Making is considered the major tourist attraction in Pateros. The very famous industry has been handed down from generation and shares about 23.0% of the whole Pateros industry. Balut makers are mostly from Barangay Aguho.

Source: www.pateros.com.ph

Salty egg-making originated in China.
Salty egg-making originated in China.
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Salted eggs /anthony_jay88/ flickr.com
Red salted duck eggs sold in the Philippines' major supermarts
Red salted duck eggs sold in the Philippines' major supermarts

Preserving duck eggs

There are no duck eggs onboard ship.

It is more expensive than the eggs of the commercial hens.What I did was to soak the ordinary chicken eggs in a plastic bucket full of salt and water (brine) solution. A tray of eggs is composed of twenty four eggs. Just try a tray of eggs and soak it for about ten days.

After ten days, you can try boiling an egg or two for three or five minutes and eat it for breakfast. You can garnish it with fresh ripe tomatoes to neutralize the saltiness of the eggs.

Salted duck egg is a Chinese preserved food product made by soaking duckeggs in brine, or packing each egg in damp salted charcoal. In Asian supermarkets, these eggs are sometimes sold covered in a thick layer of salted charcoal paste. The eggs may also be sold with the salted paste removed, wrapped in plastic, and vacuum packed. From the salt curing process, the salted duck eggs have a briny aroma, a very liquid egg white and a yolk that is bright orange-red in colour, round, and firm in texture.

Salted duck eggs are normally boiled or steamed before being peeled and eaten as a condiment to congee or cooked with other foods as a flavouring. The egg white has a sharp, salty taste. The orange red yolk is rich, fatty, and less salty. The yolk is prized and is used in Chinesemooncakes to symbolize the moon.

Despite its name, salted duck eggs can also be made from chicken eggs though the taste and texture will be somewhat different, and the egg yolk will be less rich.

Salted eggs sold in the Philippines undergo a similar curing process with some variation in ingredients used. They are dyed red to distinguish them from fresh duck eggs.

Pateros method

A popular method for processing salted eggs in the Philippines is the Pateros method. The salted egg is prepared Pateros style by mixing clay (from ant hills or termite mounds), table salt and water in the ratio of 1:1:2 until the texture of the admixture becomes smooth and forms a thick texture similar to cake batter. The fresh eggs are individually dipped in the admixture, and packed in 150-egg batches in newspaper-lined 10x12x18 inch wooden boxes (often residual boxes of dried fish packing). The whole batch is then lightly wrapped in newspapers to slow down the dehydration process.

The eggs are then stored indoors at room temperature over the next 12 to 14 days to cure. This way the salt works its way into the eggs uniformly in the batch. Curing can last up to 18 days, but that results in very long-lasting red eggs that can have a 40-day shelf life, which is largely unnecessary, as the eggs are stocked and replenished biweekly.

After the two-week curing period, the eggs are hand-cleaned with water and a brush and prepared to be boiled in low heat for 30 minutes. Time is measured from the first moment the water boils and the immersion of the eggs. The 50-egg batch is then wrapped in fish nets for ease of removal from the cookware. The cookware must be large enough to accommodate the batch with a two-inch covering of water.

Chicken eggs may be processed the same way, although up to 10% of the batch can break during the process.

Cholesterol Alert

According to the Health Promotion Board of Singapore, one salted duck egg yolk weighing about 70g contains 359mg of cholesterol. The recommended cholesterol intake for a healthy diet should be less than 300mg a day. A single salted egg yolk exceeds the recommended cholesterol intake and if taken regularly, there might be a greater risk of elevating blood cholesterol level. However, many health experts in the West and in the rest of Asia believe not all the cholesterol in an egg can be absorbed, thus the actual negative impact is much less, although not established at this time.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Additional Income

For many farmers in Southeast Asia, including Philippines, duck raising provides an additional income for them.

For instance, you have three hundred pairs of ducks (male and female). Female ducks are capable of laying eggs two or three times a day. Imagine your profit if you sell three hundred to nine hundred of eggs a day! If a duck egg costs sixty cents or less, for 300 to 900 eggs per day; it will be 180 dollars up to 540 dollars a day. Not bad for a hobby like this.

If you want to make it as a career in the countryside, then you can also incorporate other farm animals (geese, chicken, goats, cows, etc.) for more profit.

What do you think?

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bacville 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Eating balut is very exotic here in the Philippines. You should try to eat one (in the dark).


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You should visit the countryside and see the farmers who are raising ducks. It's a very lucrative livelihood.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Awesome hub! My dad has a bunch of quackers at his little lake...They lay a lot of eggs everywhere...Enjoyed the hub!


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Michael S. We used to have herds of ducks when I was a child. However, my father gave up herding due to the daily maintenance required in order to have healthy egg-laying ducks.


rumar  6 years ago

duck just only once a day can lay eggs not two or three some time every other day


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@rumar: Thanks for the info. My father raised herds of ducks when I was a child,then. That was 35 years ago.


jayduve 6 years ago

Great breakdown on what it takes to feed your backyard ducks :)


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jayduve: Thanks for the hub-visit. I've been very busy lately due to the HubMob this month. For the ducks, they're 'IN' this wet season. We'll be expecting more herds to forage harvest leftovers on the rice fields^-^.


jerrold 6 years ago

sino po ba may alam ng Duck Raising Farm sa Pateros na pwedi mag educational tour at ano ang contact number nila? salamat..


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jerrold: You can search their site and peruse about who to contact for your educational tour:

www.pateros.com.ph


miguel  5 years ago

saan po ba pwede makabili ng itik pwede po nyo ako matulungan ako po si miguel nandito po ako sa saudi , kc pag uwi balak kong mag start ng maliit na business


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hi, Miguel. From where are you ba, kabayan? Kung dito ka sa Bicol, maraming duck raisers dito or even sa may Pateros. You can buy your herd of ducks here.


jonthebuilder69 5 years ago

I started a small duck farm in the Philippines about 3 months ago. I was getting about 600 eggs per day and in the last 2 weeks the eggs have dropped to only 50 per day. I was told the Pateros duck will stop laying for about 2 weeks. Is this true or do you think something is wrong with the ducks.The ducks are still eating and other wise seem healthy. Also how often should i get rid of the older ducks and replace for new ones. Thank you


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jonthebuilder69: There's a peak season on egg-laying of your ducks. Our ducks are like that, too; although I let them roam the newly harvested farm to feed for snails. Since it's cold season these days, I'm sure the female Pateros or native ducks will not lay eggs as often. Have you tried the warmer or brooder. It's included here on my list. BTW, you can grow your replacement duck when your older ones are already two years old.

For your guide and better understanding, here's a BA dispatch for duck raisers and breeders.

http://www.bar.gov.ph/agfishtech/livestock/duckpro...


saldivar_77@yahoo.com.ph 5 years ago

Hi! I am looking into venturing into this hobby and maybe soon as a business.Guys I need help and info on reliable sources of stocks that I may acquire from.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@saldivar: Hey, kabayan. You can open the link I posted here. It's an official guide for duck raisers and breeders in the Philippines. Good luck!


rico 4 years ago

kabayan salamat s mga info.. magkanu b male & female n itik mga ilang bwan n yun?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@rico: Hindi ko rin alam ang presyuhan sa ngayon.

Duck raisers will always want high price per hundreds or by the dozen (in pairs, male and female).

I assure you, if you have a starting capital of ,let's say, 5,000 pesos, you can start it as backyard raising, like my father did a long time ago.

He only worried about the feeds that are locally available as in , organic sources (kangkong, local river shells, etc.).

If you have an ample space, you can personally labor for the duck pens (kulungan). There are indigenous materials (bamboo, etc.) that will not even cost you single cent.

So, kailan ka ba magsisimula. Are your ready to start your livelihood project?


Marie june cotejo 4 years ago

Gusto ko malaman sr kung nangingitlog ba ang itik kung pakainin ng darak,binlid, snails,wood ash,salt,limestone, asfillin


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Marie june cotejo: Oo naman. Yes, yes, yes with lots of water, too (if you raised this question with rhetoric answer). It's included in my hub, pls. read on!

Thanks for dropping by. :D


joy 4 years ago

travel_man1971: i have read alot of your post and i thank you for added knowledge re raising ducks. im new to this, just got inspired when my student had FS output that seems interesting and feasible to my small lot. I finally opened my small summer's farm itik house last may 26, 2012 with 230 itik ( 200 females & 30 males. Its 2 weeks now and seems doing good. Mahal nga lng ng feeds coz it is purely poultry based...i would like to solicit more advise re this itik raising...im from iriga and teaching college subjects at USANT.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@joy: It's good to hear from a teacher, like you (ma'am), raising ducks as well.

My father used to raise hundreds of them, but now, we already sold it long time ago.

For now, we stopped duck raising at home, since my job always drove me overseas.

With all the information given here, if you want for supplements, you can go or visit the nearest local branch of Dept. of Agriculture in our province.

I'm also from Camarines Sur (in Minalabac).


Miss Normie 4 years ago

sir baka may malapit lang po itik breeder sa novaliches/fairview like ko magtry ng ilang pairs muna sa backyard namin


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Miss Normie: Punta ka po sa munisipyo or city hall ninyo and mag-inquire ka sa agriculture or DA branch office. I'm sure matutulungan ka nila. Good luck!


blessgelig2011903 4 years ago

sir interested ako sa itik.. pero taga cebu ako. pwede mo ba akong matulungan?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@blessgelig2011903: Salamat sa tiwala. Kung saan ka pupunta, narito ang address ng Department of Agriculture sa inyong lugar sa Cebu.

Department of Agriculture Address: , , Mandaue City, Cebu, Telephone No: (6332) 564-3713.

Fax No: (6332) 564-3712.

Email: ndavisayas@yahoo.com

Maari kang magtanong sa mga empleyado kung ano ang dapat mong gawin tungkol sa pag-aalaga ng itik.

You can also add the info that you obtained here. :)

Thank you for the trust, kabayan. :)


aileen 4 years ago

Hi sir plan ko po magstart ng itikan sa aklan,san po ako makakabili ng itik at how much po ang sisiw?thanx po


AGRICULTUREX@YAHOO.COM 4 years ago

SIR:SAAN PO BA MAKAKABILI NG MGA ALAGAING PATO?AT ANO PO BA ANG STANDARD PRIZE NG ADULT DUCK?


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Aileen: Thanks for asking. You can visit the nearest livestock development council of the local DA (dept of agriculture) at your LGU or munisipyo. Mayroon silang programa sa mga gustong magkaroon ng dagdag-kita , gaya ng itikan.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@AGRICULTUREX@YAHOO.COM: ISA SA NAPAKA-BUSY NA SITE AY ANG SULIT.COM. May mga duks for sale sila na ipino-post doon. Alamin mo ang pinakamalapit sa iyong lugar.

Or you can try buying from the livestock development council o kaya naman ay sundin ang kanilang referral.

May kaibigan ako na may mga alagang pato na kung saan naipagbibili niya ang mag-asawa ng Php 2,000.00 or depende na rin sa tawaran na mangyayari.

Pasensiya ka na sa late reply ko.


rosamie guialan 3 years ago

hai sir may itatanong lang ako magkano vha ang maging income sa duck raising na mayroong 100 ducks for six months?????????????????


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@rosamie guialan: Iyong 100 ducks mo ba ay 50 males and 50 females. Puwede ring 30 males and 70 males.

Iyong tatay ko kasi ang nag-alaga noon pang mga late 70s hanggang early 80s. Ideal talaga iyong 100 herd of ducks.

Depende!!!!!! may laying season na sinasabi or 'in heat season' ang mga itik or pato. Kung sapat ang patuka mo, halos araw-araw ay mangingitlog ang mga inahin mong itik.

Ang projection will be 50 females x 30 days (isang buwan) for the egg-laying season. Kung hindi pumalya, may 1, 500 eggs ka sa isang buwan or mahigit pa. 1,500 x 5.00 pesos = 7, 500.00 pesos ka nang income.

Pero alam ko staggered din ito, kasi kung su-supply ka sa mga maliliit na tindahan, or may mag-o-order saiyo, hindi mo rin makokolekta nang buo ang kita mo.

At least may projection para sa iyong mga alagang itik, when it comes to livelihood income.


kent 3 years ago

sir, gud day. maganda po ba tlga ang mag negosyo ng itik? ano po ba advantage and disadvantage nito? tnx


ramomchaelkent@yahoo.com 3 years ago

sir, gud day. ano po ba advantage and disadvantage sa pag nenegosyo ng itik? salamat


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@kent: hindi ako makasagot sa yahoo email add mo dahil mahina ang signal d2 sa la union na present location ko (bilang seaman) as of dec. 17, 2012.

Maraming advantage kasi hindi naman maarte sa pagkain ang mga itik. Sila pa nga ang mga scavengers (on a positive note) sa mga bagong aning palayan at na-babalik nila ang nutrients ng lupa dahil sa kanilang mga dumi bilang pataba.

Disadvantage, wala akong nakikita. Time management lang iyan. Gaya ko, on the other hand, nung may itikan kami, kailangan talaga ang close supervision, iyon lang talaga ang babantayan mo as in duck herding.

Kung wala ka talagang space sa bahay nyo or bakuran bilang pahingahan ng mga itik pakatapos na sila ay naghanap ng pagkain maghapon, puwede namang kahit sa tabi ng kalsada.

Mas magandang mag-alaga ng itik, siyempre, sa countryside or mga palayan na kung saan maraming source na tubig ang mga alaga mo.

Ito ay kung hindi ka maka-afford ng mga commercial feeds. Siyempre kailangan na rin ang permit ngayon for approval sa barangay. Hindi na rin talaga basta-basta ang pag-aalaga ng mga itik.

Good luck, kung magsisimula ka na at basahin mong maigi ang article na ito at komunsulta ka na rin sa pinakamalapit na local branch ng dept. of agriculture sainyong lugar for further information.


michelle anne nuqui 3 years ago

gud evening Sir, gudto ko lang po sana mkahingi ng data for itik and how to raise?thnaks Sir.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@michelle anne nuqui: Andito na po ang kasagutan sa tanong mo sa aking artikulo.

Pasensiya na kung hindi ko naisulat sa Filipino pero I'm sure maiintindihan mo rin ito sa wikang Ingles.


arjay 3 years ago

gud am sir, puede ba ang itikan sa malapit sa dagat ung medyo maalat ung tubig plan ko kc ilagay malapit dun ung aking mga itik.bago palang po ako nagaalaga ngmga itik 3months na po sila sakin.sabi nila maganda daw ung snail sa itik eh dun sa fishpond napakarami nito.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@arjay: Puwede kang mag-itik, dahil sa mga snails duon,...pero wala pa akong alam na nagpainom ng maalat na tubig sa mga itik.

Mas prefer ko pa rin iyong fresh water na iapapinom mo sa kanila. Why not make a pond at the back of your home and doon mo alagaan ang mga itik mo. Mayroon ako nitong nakita sa La Union, kung saan ang masipag na misis at nag-alaga ng itik sa loob lamang ng kanyang bakuran, sa likod ng bahay.

Matiyaga niya itong iniigiban ng tubig. Daak, seashells and feeds din ang kanyang pinapakaain, kasi malapit sila sa dagat. Pero hindi naman niya ito pinalalabas, dahil baka raw makainom ng tubig-dagat na maalat talaga.


tom 3 years ago

sir ano po ba ang pagkakaiba ng greenduck sa ibang duck tulad ng peking? pareho lang din po ba ang pagaalaga dito?


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@tom: Mayroon kaming green ducks dati, mostly mga lalaki. Marami pa rin akong nakikita, pero iyong mga wild. Pareho lang naman ang pag-aalaga. Kahit mga siyentipiko at magsasabi na nasa balahibo lang naman ang diperensiya o pagkakaiba, hindi ang uri ng pagkain nila. :)


Pidrus 3 years ago

Good Day,

We like to raise ducks

In our organic farm

So wehre I can buy ducks in sorsogon or bulan or irosin

Thanks pidrus


Jun Andrei Ada 3 years ago

Good day. Question: do I need to register or have license if I would like to build a duck farm? 200-300 pcs


carjun 3 years ago

sir ask lang po ako bout itik, kasi po bumili kami ng itik sabi na mga babae daw un, kaso nung lumalaki na po ung mga itik mga lalaki pala papaano kaya sila mangitlog kung lalaki ;( magpapa itlog po ho ba ang laying mash kahit sa mga lalaking itik? tnx a lot ;( 6months na kasi ang pag aalaga namin ;(


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Pidrus: I search at the BAR (Bureau of Agricultural Research) site and only found an article about rice-based farm + ducks strategy or program.

Pili, abaca, coconut, seaweed growing, peanut and beekeeping are some of the opportunities you can indulge in Sorsogon.

We have so much duck raising resources here in Camarines Sur. You can inquire at one of the farms in Hibago, Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

There's a success article that you can read about the duck and egg production at the said barangay.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Jun Andrei Ada: Sure. You can register to make it legit, especially when you branch out from duck to egg production.


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@carjun: Hindi, kasi lalaki sila. Buti kung asexual yan, gaya ng ibang isda. Better ask the seller about it kung bakit nagkaganun. Lugi kayo niyan kasi it will take 6 months for the egg production.


Rey SerVill 3 years ago

good day!.........

saan po bang mabibiling 7 months old na itik pag ang location ko ay Cagayan de Oro city?


duck eater 3 years ago

mag alaga ka muna personal travel man b4 advice wala pa klase ng itik na two or three times mag itlog


duck tart73 3 years ago

sir interested po akong mag start ng itikan san ba makabili ng 4-5 month old na itik dito sa agusan del norte area.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@duck eater: We already have herds of ducks before. Sa Father ko pa 'yun. We have to sell it due to our family needs. Still, some neighbors (three) are now raising ducks again. As far as I know, I didn't advise or say ducks laying eggs two or three times a year. I said it will take 6 months for egg productions or half-a-year.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@duck tart73: Just follow this link and you'll lear something about duck production in Agusan del Norte.

caraga.neda.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_joomdoc&task=doc_download&gid=3&Itemid=31


lyn 2 years ago

i'm a full time mother and i want to have an additional income for my family,it seems like "itikan" is a good one but the problem is i don't know where to buy...i'm here in pangasinan. what is the advantage if i will start raising ducklings? thank you.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@lyn: Hi, Mrs. Lyn. I've searched for the possible nearest location on where to buy your ducklings.

Here's a very productive result, not far from your province.

Napoleon “Leo” Dator jr. owns and operate a commercial duck raising when he was first ventured into the business 1983 with an initial 1,000 birds.

Decades earlier, his father had done the same thing, and served as an inspiration to him and his two brothers. Today, Dator is considered one of the largest leading ducks raisers in the Philippines.

You can contact him through:

For Breeding:

Leo Dator

+63 915 6468134

For Dealership:

Josephine Dator

+63 917 2424547

ITLOG NI KUYA

AddressT. Dator Street, Barangay Nanhaya, Victoria, Laguna Mobile(M) +63 915 6468134 / +63 917 2424547


frasher 2 years ago

gud day sir, ask ko lang po kung ano gamot s itik kc 25pcs. na po namamatay 7moths na po sila naka poultry po sila umatras po ang itlog.tnx


tweetums 2 years ago

Hello po..meron po akong lupa at dati syang palayan..may irrigation po sya..pwede ko po bang i convert yun as itikan? I need your help hindi ko po alam kung paano ako magsisimula.. Sana po ay matulungan nyo ako..im from Tarlac province.. Thank you po


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@frasher: I'm not an expert on that matter, but here's a link that can help you.

http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/s/00dis/Viral/Duck_...


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@tweetums: Puwede po. It's all in here in my article or hub. Just follow the instructions (albeit written in English).


jay 2 years ago

hello po, balak ko po kasi mag itikan, magkano po ba ang capital for 1000 heads n itik?


xandersuperio1@gmail.com 2 years ago

If I'm going to raise a peking duck for breeding or business how much money will I be investing?


Michael 2 years ago

I let my duck hatch her eggs now that the ducklings are growen the mom is chasing some of her litter and looks like she was to bite them,,,why is that?


bukojuice 2 years ago

@travel_man1971 hello sir,pwde po ba ask ng kunting advise sa pag start ng pag aalaga ng itik


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jay: The capital outlay for 1,000 ducklings will approximately be from P70 to P80 per kilo of live duck (ready to lay eggs). That's according to Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, a link agency of Phil. Statistics Authority. It will also depend on your negotiation with the seller. Good luck.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@xandersuperio1@gmail.com: Here in Bicol, especially in Camarines Sur, most of duck breeders sell a package of P2,000.00/ per 2 female duck and 1 male duck.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Michael: You should separate them because the duck-mom will not tolerate her duckling from following. My cousin had the same experience with his female duck. My father used to separate it during the third week or earlier and feed it at separate pen with natural feeds (camote peelings, banana, etc, and water).


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@bukojuice: You read first this article then, you will learn.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@bukojuice: You read first this article then, you will learn.


ranigoelmer 22 months ago

mam/sir,, salamat sa lahat ng conversion nyo, big help po skin lalo n yung mga sites and articles. Isa rin po ako sa mga nagsisimula palang tlga sa pag iitikan. sana my mga sites pa kayung mabigay sakin na pwde kung mpagkukunan ng iba pang ediya. salamat po.


avhie 19 months ago

Hi im planning for ab itikan business po..can you help me po for raising it step by step...hnd ko po kase alm kng paano po eh..


avhie 19 months ago

Im from santa ilocos sur po.san po ako mlpit pwedeng bumili ng itik..


benjietorres 16 months ago

Sir good day....... tanong lang po ako kung mag kano po ang capital for readyto lay egg na itik for 100 heads yung rough estimate lang po salamat


rheytrigo 16 months ago

sir gud day hingi po ako ng advise para sa duck raising ang house nila 32ft by 24ft ilan po ang dapat malagay na duck?..... din paano alagaan ang ducklings hanggang sa pag laki nila?......ilang grams po ba ang ipakain sa ducklings?......din kung pag naka itlog o malapit na mag itlog ilan o gaano ka rami ang ipakain na feeds kada araw ?sana matulongan nyo po ako o kung maari ma bigyan nyo po ako na tao na pwedi ko maka usap in person sir sa cebu ako naka tera pero sa tagum davao del norte ako nag duck raising sana ma bigyan nyo po ako ng idea thanks po


edgar tacloban 15 months ago

Sir.... San po ba makakabili ng Sisiw na itik...


chief/bohol 14 months ago

Saan tayo pwede makabili ng sisiw na itik mga 1000 pcs.ty


Alfonso meneses 13 months ago

Sir pwede bang maka hingi ng formolation sa pag gawa ng feeds para sa paitluging itik. Sobra po kasing mahal ang commercial feeds.maraming salamat po


schoolboy 13 months ago

investigatory project :(


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travel_man1971 13 months ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

I'm sorry I can't answer you one by one for now. I'm busy working as secretary in our barangay and we've been in the middle of school building project from KALAHI-CIDSS-NCDDP.

Sa mga nagtatanong po sa akin: ranigoelmer, avhie, benjie torres, rheytrigo, edgar tacloban, chief/bohol, Alfredo meneses...you can browse the DA site and search for the nearest seller of ducks (sisiw man iyan o mag-asawa or in herd (50 pairs and up). Or magpunta po kayo sa branch ng Dept of Agriculture sainyong lugar for more concise information.

Pasensiya na po. Magandang araw sa lahat. :)

-Ireno Alcala aka travel_man1971

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