For anyone wanting to start an exotic duck collection a little research is needed before beginning. A suitable space has to be allocated for the venture and the size of the pond and number of ducks has to be determined.
Small ponds with just a pair or two ducks can be easily created close to the house and integrated into the water feature. Running water is the secret to having a healthy and clean pond. A water filter can also be incorporated into the design.
Goldfish may also be added to the pond and they appear to live happily with the ducks. Design the pond with rock caves for the young fish to hide and you will find your fish population expanding at a fair rate.
Becoming more adventurous an attractive medium sized pond can fairly easily be created in the front or back garden of the home. Here again create a design is attractive and in keeping with the home and garden.
In every instance we advocate that an effort be made to have the pond water circulating, preferably down a waterfall or spraying from a fountain as this will help keep the water aerated.
When adding stock to your pond the Wood Duck or Carolina and Mandarin are good species to start with and are fairly easy to obtain.
Breeding ducks on a large scale requires a great deal more effort and the scope of such an operation is covered in the section on the Duck Pen.