How Many Ducks Per Acre?


It depends on a number of factors including the type of ducks you are raising the climate you are in and the amount of available space. 

For example according to Backyard Poultry Magazine six ducks need about 109 square feet (10.2 square meters) of pasture space if they’re moving around a lot. That’s about 0.25 acres (0.1 hectares) per duck.

But if you have a pond for them to swim in and access to plenty of foraging areas you could get by with fewer ducks per acre. 

In hot climates ducks need more water to keep cool so you’ll need more space per duck – perhaps as much as 0.5 to 1 acre (0.2 to 0.4 hectares) per duck.

It’s always best to err on the side of too much space rather than too little.

That way your ducks will be happier and healthier and you’ll have less work in terms of cleaning up after them.

How Much Land Do You Need For Ducks?

Ducks need a pond or lake to swim in and at least an acre of land for grazing.

Ducks are not picky eaters and will eat most anything that is green and growing.

However they do prefer grass bugs aquatic plants seeds and grains.

An acre of land can provide enough food for a family of ducks.

If you don’t have a pond or lake on your property you can still keep ducks by providing them with a large tub or stock tank filled with fresh water.

Change the water daily to keep it clean.

You’ll also need to provide a place for the ducks to get out of the water and dry off.

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How Much Property Do You Need For Ducks?

You will need enough land to provide a comfortable home for your ducks.

This generally means at least 50 square feet per adult duck and at least 25 square feet per duckling.

However the more space you can give your ducks the better.

They enjoy foraging and swimming so if you have the space provide them with a pond or other large body of water.

If you don’t have a lot of lands you can still keep ducks as long as you provide them with a safe place to sleep and enough food and water.

How much room do you need for 10 ducks?

10 ducks need a little more than 2 2/3 ft^2 per bird and will use about 1 1/4 gallons of water each per day.

This means that for 10 ducks you’ll need a 20-30 gallon pond or waterer and at least 27-28 square feet of space inside their pen or coop.

If you have smaller bantam-sized birds you can probably get away with using 10 gallons of water and 20 square feet of space.

However gigantic breeds like the Muscovy can use up to 4 gallons of water each per day so plan accordingly! If you live in an area with very hot summers or cold winters make sure your ducks have access to both shade and shelter from the elements.

A simple tarp thrown over a frame will work in a pinch but ducks prefer having a coop or house to retreat to when the weather gets bad.

To sum it up you need at least 1/4 acre (10000 sq ft) of land for every 6 ducks if they’re moving around a lot and more space if you have a hot climate or fewer water sources.

If you have 10 ducks you’ll need at least 20-30 gallons of water available and 27-28 square feet of indoor space per bird.

Remember to provide shelter from the sun and rain and plenty of fresh food and water.

Can You Raise Ducks On Pasture?

Ducks can be raised on pasture but they will need a supplemental diet since they are not grass-eating birds.

Pasture-raised ducks have been shown to have higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and lower levels of harmful saturated fats than ducks that are raised in confinement.

They also tend to be leaner and have more flavor than their industrially raised counterparts.

In order to raise ducks on pasture you will need to provide them with a supplemental diet that contains a minimum of 16% crude protein and 3% crude fat.

This can be accomplished by feeding them a mix of grains (such as corn wheat barley or milo) and legumes (such as soybeans or alfalfa).