Duck Raising Guide

ducksDuck Raising is a lucrative livestock industry in the Philippines because of its egg. Its most important product, the balut (boiled incubated duck’s egg), is sold daily throughout the archipelago for its delicious flavor and nutritive value.

Duck raising is especially recommended in baytowns like those bordering the shores of Laguna de Bay, where there are abundant supplies of fresh water snails which make good duck food.

Ducks are generally raised for eggs but when snail food gets scarce, they are sold for meat.


Egg – Type Ducks

Native or Pateros Duck

The native or Pateros duck, commonly called itik, is the most popularly raised locally. Although smaller than imported breeds, they are good layers and non-sitters. Their eggs are large.

Its predominant colors are black and gray. Some are bared (bulek), others are brown or have white feathers mixed with black/green. Males have coarser heads and heavier bodies than females. Males emit shrill high-pitched sounds. They have curly feathers on top of their tails. Females emit low-pitched quaking sounds. Their tail feathers lie flat or close to the bodies.

In all commercial duck hatcheries, determining the sex of duckling is done at the age of 2 to 3 days.

Khaki Campbell Duck

Khaki Campbell ducks have characteristic brown color, have extremely active habits, do well in good range and show little desire for swimming.

These ducks are good layers; they lay as many as 300 or more eggs a ear which are fairly large, thick-shelled and weigh 70 to 75 grams each.

Commercial hybrid duck

The world’s first hybrid egg -type duck known as CV2000 was developed at Chery Valley Farms, England. It has white plumage and lays its egg at about t0 weeks of age. The body weight at point of lay is about 1.50 kg. On the average, this duck could lay 285 eggs up to 72 weeks of age, with a mean egg weight of75 kg. This duck can be distinguished by their pure white feathers. Their
eggs are either white or greenish.

Indian Runner

This breed originated from the East Indies, but its egg production capability was developed in Western Europe.

This Duck assumes a very erect normal posture with are almost straight neck. The back is long, straight and narrow. An adult weighs about 2.10 kg. while an adult duck weighs about 1.80 kg. The egg production characteristics of this breed resemble that of the Khaki Campbell.


This breed was developed in Taiwan. The original color ranges from black neck to pure white. Due to farmers preference, the brown breed was selected and raised as a major variety, while the white variety was developed for the production of mule ducks (Hybrid of Mallard & Muscovy) Tsaiya ducks has small body size. An adult female weighs about 1.30 kg. while the male weighs about 1.40kg, The average age at just egg is 126 days with eggs weighing about 68 g at 40 weeks of age. They could lay about 207 days in 360 days.

Meat- Type Ducks

Muscovy Duck- Meet Type

Muscovy duck (palo) is easily identified by its carunculated face or red, knobby i nodules along the eyes and above the base of the bill.

Muscovy is a heavy breed. It has plump body and yellow skin. It has three varieties: the white, the colored and the blue.

Unlike other breeds, Muscovy ducks prefer to stay on land. They are good forgers, so they require less care and can subsist on what they can pick up in the field supplemented only with palay and corn.

Muscovy has low egg production but is more self-sustaining than Pateros duck. It hatches her eggs in 33 to 35 days.

The objection to this breed is its tendency to fly far away from home and get lost. It is therefore necessary to clip their flight feathers regularly. Clip only those of one wings to remove the bird’s balance in flying.

Pekin Duck

Pekin duck is a native of China belonging to the meat type of ducks. Sometimes it is mistaken for a goose because it caries its body rather upright. It is docile and well-adapted to Philippine climate.

Pekin ducks are good layers, and duckling are ready for market at 2 or 3 months old.


Build your duck house in a quiet, cool place and near as possible to a stream or pond. Local materials like bamboo, nipa and cogon are cool.

Provide each duck with at least 3 to 4 square feet of floor space. Cover the flavor with rice hulls, corn cobs, peanut hulls or similar materials to keep it dry and clean and help prevent spread of pests and diseases. A house of 100 ducks measures 4 x 4 meters and 3 meters high or high enough to let a man stand inside.

You may provide a swimming pond 10 feet wide and 20 feet long for 50 birds. However, the pond is not necessary in duck raising as they lay just as many eggs without it.

House ducks is groups according to size or age to facilitate management and to avoid quarrels common among ducks of different ages. Older ducks tend to push out younger ones from feeding troughs.

Separate duck houses from one another by bamboo fences low enough to go over them from one pen to another. Fence should extend down to the shallow edge of the water to prevent ducks from straying away too far.

Selection and Mating

Select vigorous breeding stock. Select breeders when birds are about 8 weeks old, and again at 4 to 5 months old before they are placed in breeding pens.

Eggs for hatching purposes should come from ducks not less than 7 months old to insure better fertility, hatchability and livability of offspring. Drakes (male duck) should have the same age as ducks or even a month older. They should be raised separately from ducks. They are put together only when ready for mating.

One drake may be mated to 6 to 10 ducks. Heavier breedings, however, should have a closer ratio of males to females than light breeds. Pateros ducks start laying when they are 4 to 6 months old. Muscovy and Pekin ducks start laying at 6 to 7months sold.


The period of incubation for duck eggs is 28 days, except Muscovy which is 33 to 35 days. Breeds of ducks that have high degree of laying are non-sitters and their eggs are hatched through artificial incubation.

The Muscovy is a natural mother. She hatches and breeds her own duckling with none or little assistance from man. Native or Pateros duck is a non-sitter, so her eggs are incubated under the native method of incubation called balutan.

The balutan or hatchery is a simple one-room house made of bamboo, wood or I hallows blocks and roofed with nipa or galvanized iron. Or some convert the first 9 floor of their house into balutan, commonly called kamalig or barn. It is provided :1 with only one door to avoid drafts; some have windows that are opened only during ~ hot months. Its floor is of hard earth or concrete and covered with 3-inch layer of rice hull. Egg containers are wooden boxes (kahon) measuring 3 x 4 x 4 feet.

Care of Ducklings

Duckling need to be brooded or warmed either by natural or artificial method until they are one month old. Most ducks are non-sitters and are not expected to brood. Hens may be made to sit on duck eggs and brood ducklings. After removing duckling from incubator, transfer them to hardening boxes. Place these boxes m the brooding room that IS draft-free and rat-proof. If boxes are not I available, raise duckling on straw-covered floor. Woven bamboo mats or sawali may be used as floor mat.

Heat is necessary when brooding duckling at least during the first week. When nights become cooler, especially during the months of January and February, artificial heat may be necessary for at least 10 days. Kerosene lamps or electric bulbs may be used for brooding. The brooder should have a temperature of 95°F for the last week; 85-90°F for the second week; 70-85°F for the third week; and 70°F for the last week. The behavior of ducklings is a good indicator whether brooding temperature is correct. Duckling huddle close together toward the source of heat when temperature is low; scattered or spread evenly when temperature is correct; but panting and panting and moving away from the source of heat when temperature is too hot.

A good brooding area is at least I per square foot per duckling during the first week. Increase the area by about Y2 square foot every week until the fourth week.

When ducklings show signs of sickness, add 3 tablespoons of Nexal for every gallon of water for 2-3 days. Skip or withdraw after 3 days. Then continue for another 3 days. Terrarnycin poultry formula can also be used. Follow instructions on the package carefully. To prevent Avian Pest Disease, immunize your ducks with Avian Pest Vaccine.

Determining The Sex

Duckling are sexed before placing in the brooder. This is done by pressing the region of the crop inward, and with two fingers, press the vent slightly outward. By this process, the male organ protrudes and is exposed to view, while in the female, this remains flat.

If you desire to fatten extra males or meat purpose, raise them separately from females. When ducklings are 6 weeks old, they can be transferred from brooder to growing house. Transfer the layers to laying house when they are 4 months old.


Feed duckling with wet starter mash for 8 weeks. Native ducklings raised the native way are fed moistened boiled rice for the first 33 weeks, 4 to 5 times a day. During the first few days, give feed at night. Start giving water in drinking troughs or fountains on the 2nd day. On the fifth day, add finely chopped small shrimps to boiled rice. Increase their feed as ducklings grow older. At the age of one month, feed ducklings with tiny fresh water snails and boiled unhulled rice or palay. Give only enough feed to be consumed as they tend to spoil when left long in the troughs.

Mash feed for ducklings is composed of corn, soybean meal, fish meal, dried whey, rice bran with oyster shell and bone meal with vitamin-mineral supplements. Feed one day to 6-week old ducklings with starter mash with 10-21% crude protein; for 6-week old to 4-month old duckling with grower mash with 16% crude protein; and 4-month old ducks and above with layer mash or ratio with 16% crude protein.

If mash feed is preferred, give only enough to be consumed quickly at one time for 10 to 15 minutes. Wet mash tends to spoil when left long in hoppers. If feed is given at intervals, ducklings learn to eat more readily and their appetites are developed to stuff themselves in between drinks, digest food quickly and be ready to eat their fill for the next feeding time.

Four to five feedings a day are sufficient for ducklings over 2 weeks old. Provide plenty of clean, fresh water as ducks drink after every mouthful of food. Ducks are wasteful and slovenly while feeding. Provide proper adequate feeding hoppers to prevent much waste of food. Fine gravel or grit is necessary to growing ducks to help them grind their feed. After the 5d1 week, give green feed such as chopped leaves of kangkong, camote, ipil-ipil and legumes at least 3 times a day 10 grams of chopped green leaves per duck per day.

As a feed-saving device, the pellet system of feeding has been introduced in duck nutrition. Pellets of each kind of feed are recommended for duck feeding but the size of particles must be suitable to duck’s age.

Starter ration is given when ducks are I day to 6 weeks only.
Grower ration is given when ducks are 6 weeks old.
Developer or fattening ration is given when birds are above 6 weeks old.

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Philippine Recommends for Duck Raising -PCARRD, DOST LDC Technical Bulletin on Duck Raising

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7 Responses

  1. Dan Jimenez says:

    I am having difficulty getting the number of eggs for the itik. Out of 1,000 ducks, we only get 300 eggs a day or less. What do you recommend the kind of itik we should get. I am about to get rid of the old itik that we have because of very low percentage of eggs produce everyday.

  2. jerry says:

    Ms Calimag,

    Sir base sa experience ko 6 months dapat iitlog na itik basta maganda pakain.

  3. Francis Emoy says:

    Is there any means I can get a Khaki Campbell dito sa pinas? gusto kong mag-alaga nito.

  4. leanie s. lapalna says:

    hello please sent me a copy of your different topics abouts ducks raining. thanks

  5. Masud Rana says:

    I want more information about duck management because may working duck conservation in bd but I don't properly understand about feeding, egg production.so You can help to me more information about duck.

  6. gud pm sir.ilang buwan po ba ang itik.bago mangitlog kasi ang alaga kong itik ay malapit nang 6.months 700 heads po lahat.sana masagot nyo ang aking katanungan. maraming salamat po.

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