Chickens vs. Ducks: Pros and Cons of Raising Poultry for Beginners

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    When it comes to raising chickens or ducks, there are pros and cons to both. Chickens are great for egg-laying and are generally easier to care for than ducks. They also tend to be less messy and noisy than ducks. On the other hand, ducks are hardier and more cold-tolerant than chickens, making them a good choice for colder climates. They are also better at controlling pests like slugs and snails in your garden. However, ducks can be messier and noisier than chickens, and they require more water. Ultimately, the decision between chickens or ducks comes down to personal preference and what you are looking for in a bird. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Lisa's avatar

    Well, if I were doing it over again, I'd do chickens every time.
    The ducks were unpleasant for us and ended up feeding the coyotes.😳

  • Chris's avatar

    I dont raise any animals so don't listen to me, but my aunt used to run a farm and I asked her once why she didn't raise something more exotic it might be fun, she just laughed at me and said honey there is a reason most people raise cows pigs and chickens don't be weird lol she is a blast

  • Philip's avatar

    Chickens would be my vote. Guineas are great for free range pest control.

  • Dale's avatar

    We have a mix of chickens 2 Chinese Cochin small bantam 2-3lb at best, 1 Friesian roughly the same size a little taller, then we just bought a 6 Rhode Island Red hen chicks from a local farm store. We are a family of 4 don't eat a ton of eggs but we haven't bought eggs since ours started laying. Now the Cochin eggs are small brown eggs and take 2 to make an average large egg. For a just an all around egg and meat chicken the black sex-link chicken is a cross breed 4-6lb bird and lays large brown eggs and figure an egg per bird per day they lay alot of eggs.

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