If you're frugal, into self-sufficiency, and holistic health - you're probably like me, and want your own chickens. What's stopping you? The cost of setting it up (properly), space, and law. Of course, it's not feasible for those in apartment buildings, otherwise no one should be able to say you can't keep a few chickens in your yard.
Why is it okay to have 6 dogs, or 10 cats in your yard, or both!? Or 'exotic' pets like parrots, pythons, and Savannah or Serval (wild) cats that are being forced domestic? It's even okay to have a pot-bellied pig or pigmy goat, as a "pet", and no one says anything about keeping a clutch of rabbits...even as a food source, BUT chickens?!? Huge ridiculousness surrounding all that! Why does it seem like I always start my posts with a rant :/
I'm sure the same laws apply to any "yard fowl", but curious why more people aren't keeping ducks? There are breeds that lay pretty much daily, like chickens. They cost the same to keep and feed, but here's where they differ....
People that allergic to chickens eggs, don't usually have a problem duck eggs.
Duck eggs have TWICE as much nutrition value as chicken eggs, and stay fresh longer, due to a thicker shell.
Duck eggs are richer in Albumen - makes cakes and baked goods fluffier.
Duck eggs have more Omega 3 fatty acids.
Duck eggs are alkalizing. Chicken eggs are acidifying.
Duck eggs have a larger yolk to white ratio, than chicken eggs.
6 times the vitamin A, and 2 times more potassium. Plus, more K2 (remember that's important from the Magnesium post?)
Duck eggs contain (slightly) more selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron (3 times as much).
Also higher in vitamins - thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, B6, D, E, A, B12 (5 times more) and retinol.
More amino acids - threonine, isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, methionine, lysine, cystine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, serine, glycine, proline, aspartic acid, histidine, alanine, and arginine.
The supposed down-side is duck eggs have high cholesterol, 884 mg/100g compared to chicken eggs at 425 mg/100g. It depends where you stand on the issue of cholesterol.
On a closing note, I'm not sure which is more vocal - chickens or ducks? BUT.....you can easily add a stud-male into your flock without alerting neighbors to your goings on....unlike keeping a rooster. This way you can have fertalized eggs, which are supposed to be healthier, and keep your population up as well...with ducklings (ahhhhh so cute). The ratio for male to females is 1:6 otherwise it stresses the female ducks out!
There are around 18 breeds to choose from...some heirloom, some hybrid, with temperaments ranging from "calm" to "nervous", and egg production ranging from 100 to 290 eggs per year. You can check them out here. From that page you check prices that seem to run about $8 per duckling (when purchasing 1-24). Available year round (mostly).
Anyone keep ducks for eggs &/or meat? Have any good advice??