Domesticated ducks don’t just produce great eggs, they can also make great pets. In this article, we’ll detail our top tips and tricks for keeping indoor pet ducks — while keeping them happy and healthy.
We’ve been flockmates with a group of Welsh Harlequin ducks for almost a decade now. Our life with these delightful creatures has turned us into full-fledged duck evangelists.
As we’ve written about elsewhere:
- we think ducks are a better alternative than chickens for most people in search of backyard poultry for egg production; and
- duck eggs taste better and are more nutritious than chicken eggs.
But what about the “pet” category? Can ducks actually make good pets? Yes!
After seeing our videos and photos of cuddly ducks and reading our article How to get your ducks to like you, we’ve had lots of people reach out asking us to provide more information about how to keep pet ducks. In particular: how do you keep ducks in your own house (not just in a backyard duck coop)?