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How should you determine how many birds to buy?

Based on your time, facilities, and finances


Where should exhibition and breeding stock be acquired?

An established breeder


Over what age do waterfowl generally not need heat?

6 weeks


True or false: waterfowl tend to wast finely ground feed the same as they do pellets?



How long before slaughter should you with hold feed?

10-18 hours


What breed of duck sometimes works as a foster mother?



Lameness usually occurs to birds that are?

Mishandled or mismanaged


What kind of litter can be used for waterfowl?

Crushed corn cobs, wood shavings, saw dust, or other commercial litters


How much floor space do ducks need?

1/2 sq ft for the first 2 weeks and double the space every 2 weeks up till 4 sq ft


How much floor space do geese need?

1/2 sq ft for 2 weeks and double the space every 2 weeks until 6 sq ft


How warm do ducking and goslings need?

90 degrees F for the first week and after decrease the temp by 5 degrees F every week until 70 and after that they don't need heat


What do you feed waterfowl for the first 3 weeks?

Unmediated feed starter rations


How do you sex waterfowl?

Ducks have a curled feather on there tail called a sex feather and it's only found on males.
Geese with knobs are easier to tell, the geese with bigger knobs on there head are males and the smaller ones are females


How old are ducks and geese when they are brought to market?

Ducks are 7-8 weeks or 4 pounds and geese are 15-20 weeks or 6-12 pounds


How many waterfowl eggs can a normal sized chicken brood?

7-10 duck eggs and 4-6 geese eggs


How many days is the incubation period for waterfowls (both ducks and geese)?

Most ducks are 28 days, Muscovy ducks are 35days, most Geese 30 days, Canadian Geese are 35 days


Ducks and Geese seldom are affected by disease and parasites but what are some signs of disease?

Weak and listless movement, loss of appetite, inactivity, ruffled feathers, and sudden mortality