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Does anyone raise ducks? I was thinking about raising some and was wondering the pros and cons on it. I have the property and space to do it, just wanted to see the ups and downs of the whole process.

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I had a long conversation with a great guy here in Georgia who was in the business of raising ducks for sale to Field Trial and Hunt Test Clubs until he got out last year. It can be a good business opportunity if you have the ability to charge what it takes to actually make a profit, but those opportunities are sometimes challenging. The fact is that the rising cost of gas / diesel, as well as the associated rising feed costs mean that the price which you have to charge a club for the birds is becoming higher and higher. It is difficult to find clubs that do have the ability to pay what they birds are worth, and with that said it is going to continue to be a challenge over the coming months if the cost of gas continues to rise. This is not intended to be a political statement, but the fact of the matter is that while we consumers have continued to be asked to pay increasing prices at the pump which will filter there way through to the cost of just about everything else this administration has done nothing but find ways to put additional roadblocks in the way of small business' across the country. The duck business is no different, go there with the understanding that increased cost of doing business and increased regulation will make it more and more difficult.

But hey, if you are just looking to raise a few ducks for your own use then just ignore the previous long winded response. 20 Birds will mean about a 50 pound bag of feed every week at a cost of $15 to 17.50. Have good ventilation and drainage for the pen, and have at it.
 

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ducks are nasty creatures to keep and raise and maintain. this year it is as if north american duck production is being controlled by opec.......shortages and rising prices! jake, i say go for it. since brian made a political statement, i will too......hatch baby, hatch!!
 

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Jake, if you can raise enough ducks for hunt test, I am sure there will be no shortage of clubs buying from you. Are you the Jake that trains with Mark Edwards. Also, I am sure that throughout the year people will buy ducks for training. I know I will since you are close enough to me.
 

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Jake, if you can raise enough ducks for hunt test, I am sure there will be no shortage of clubs buying from you. Are you the Jake that trains with Mark Edwards. Also, I am sure that throughout the year people will buy ducks for training. I know I will since you are close enough to me.
I am that Jake. It is a possibility, I am just trying to work out the logistics of the whole deal.
 

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Im allso going to try my hand at raising ducks . I'm not trying to be rude Here but use the search on here that's how I found this thread there is alot of info on here just type in duck pen in the search column and you'll have more threads to read than you want.
 

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The problem is not raising them but making sure you have some buyers. If you end up stuck with them they will eat you out of house and home..I raise my own for training and I buy left overs at the hunt test. But with 60 ducks in my pen now i am going thru 160 lbs a week .
If i were you find a couple trainers in your area or start letting people know so when them ducks hit 14-16 week you get rid of them.
 
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