Oakland allows you to have ducks and chickens (but no roosters within city limits). Having ducks is a pretty low-maintenance way to have a steady supply of eggs.
What do I need to start keeping ducks?
A duck coop for them to stay in at night that's secure enough to protect from predators like cats, dogs, and raccoons; an enclosed outdoor area for them to wander & root around in (they're typically not too smart (not as smart as chickens - for sure), so it doesn't have to be super well-fenced); daily duck food and water. Finally, most kinds of ducks will need a pond or some other place to swim regularly. However, there's a type of duck called an Indian Runner Duck that doesn't need a pond as much (although they will love a pond if you give it to them). If you do have a pond, please note that you will probably need to be a part of the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement Program (how did Alameda County get the "mosquitoes.org" url???!). Fortunately, that's not too hard!
Where can I get ducks?
Why would someone keep ducks instead of chickens?
- Not sure! anyone know of any particularly good reasons?
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Learn more about keeping ducks
- Please add resources here
- check out Oakland's rules about keeping animals in the city