In the past and up to now, more Filipinos are raising chickens. But in recent years, farmers have realized that raising ducks can also be a profitable venture because of their eggs. Ducks’ most important product, the balut and penoy (boiled incubated duck’s eggs), are sold daily throughout the archipelago for their delicious flavor and nutritive value.
There are several other reasons why duck raising is a good business venture. “Among the avian species, duck is considered as the most versatile because it can subsist under a wide range of climatic and nutritional conditions,” pointed out the Laguna-based Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD).
Not only that. “Duck raising is inexpensive, requires non-elaborate housing facilities, and little attention, and less space for rearing compared to chickens,” PCARRD said. “Moreover, ducks are shown to be relatively hardy, resistant to common avian diseases, and subsist on a variety of feeds.”