5 Reasons Why Ducks Make Great Pets
Imagine walking down a suburban street - hard to imagine right? - you see many people walking their dogs and you may look into a house and see a cat looking out the window. Dogs and cats. Cats and dogs. That's pretty much all you ever see. Why? Because that's the norm. And while dogs and cats are great - I myself own a dog - there is another animal which is highly underrated as a pet. The Duck. What follows is an explanation of why ducks actually do make great pets, and debunking the myths about ducks posed by others.
Within the first few weeks of owning a pet duck, you may have issues with noise. But this will not be unlike that from a puppy. Any young animal in a cage at night will whine, bark, quack etc. But once it has matured a little more, it will become more dependent - just like a dog.
What most people do - as do I - with ducks is create a pen for them outside with a small, safe, and locked section for nighttime use. The floor of this pen can be covered with grass, wood chips, mud, gravel, or straw. So while ducks do poop - crazy right? - it is much more manageable than the waste of dogs or cats. Simply change the straw, wash the gravel, etc. every so often.
3) The Law?
Are ducks legal to own as a pet? Yes and no. It really depends on your location. Where I live, they are considered "barn yard animals" and because of which, are illegal to own. However, as in my case, neighbors go out of their way to pass by the house and watch the duck, so they care for it just as much as I do and would never report it. So if you do reside in an area where ducks are prohibited to be kept as pets, you must decide which way you want to go. Chances are that if you do decide to keep a duck as a pet, you won't have any problems from anyone.
The image of a loyal dog running to greet you upon your return from work is one which has been engraved into all of our heads. This truly is a great quality of the Dog, but also of the Duck. No one can believe their eyes when they see our car pull up and the ducks run out to greet us. They may be slow - waddling across the yard - but they are thrilled none the less to see you.
Ducks, like chickens, lay eggs. This is no little known fact. What is, however, is the versatility of the duck egg. Without a male duck around, females will continues to lay normally and the eggs will be unfertilized - edible. These eggs have a higher fat content than chicken eggs, but are wonderfully tasty and almost double the size of your standard chicken egg. Duck eggs can be used in any dish that calls for chicken eggs including home-made noodles - our personal favorite.
So while seeing a duck sitting beside someone in a residential yard may seem a bit strange at first, they have something you haven't got, a reliable, clean, personable, quite, well-behaved friend. One that will certainly make the dog jealous.