Our Duck Eggs

So for me, my story, we started our duck egg business because my girlfriend gave me fifteen ducks as a house warming gift, surprise! That was that. I learned about raising ducks from the day my gifts arrived. And now here I am, staying up late at night and reading through my hatchery catalogs, new…

Protecting Eggs from Predatory Birds

We started our duck and quail egg program three years ago. Naively. Happy birds, lots of pasture, eat, be healthy, be free. Kind of. For our quail we did create a natural pasture habitat, we knew they would either fly away or be eaten within days without protection, they are pretty much the bottom of…

We have GREEN!

So genetics with my ducks is a bit of a crap shoot. Golden 300 hen + Blue Swedish drake = Rainbow ducks! psst – the Golden 300 is a hen from Metzer Farms, and it is a propitiatory breed mix, meaning they don’t tell anyone the various breeds they used to create these amazing egg…

The Quacklings have arrived

Cindy Lou Who? and two of our other ducks were kind of broody at the start of the summer. Broody but not really committed to it wholeheartedly. They would sit on a nest for a bit then go into the pasture and goof around all afternoon, eating bugs, swimming, living the duck life. But I…

The most unlikely Egg Predator

We have been living a good duck egg life for the past year. 9-13 eggs every morning without a hitch. Actually when it was super cold this past February, negative 30 or so for almost two weeks, they almost all stopped laying for a few days and then ones that did lay, well their eggs…

Spring Snow

Dramatic weather, moody clouds, sun, snow, hail, and wind. It is all a spring thing! My ducks and dogs are loving it, as am I. I will never get tired of waking up to such beauty, such power, such life. Enjoy this spring – Nancy

How did the DEEP LITTER METHOD really work out?

Since this was my first winter-over with our ducks, I did a truckload of research on how to create good bedding, flooring space, and also keeping it clean without breaking the bank on straw. The deep litter method kept coming up, so I read and read some more. It made sense, was a bit expensive…

Welcome Alistair!

My Ladies have been loving the spring thaw, the mud puddles, and endless outings out in the back pasture. Since Peaches showed me she is my one broody duck, I promised her a drake at some point, and the universe must have been listening. I was at the feed store the other day and was…

Duck Egg Binding – soft shell

So I have been in the duck world for eight months now. And like a new duck owner should be, I have been on a giant learning curve, and pretty much everything new throws me back to the drawing board so to speak. I have been reading every article that has ‘duck’ in it, buying…

Urban Farm lessons are not always easy

We have been doing fairly well this past month or so with keeping our ducks well fed, and well watered, and with a good wind free place to rest and hang out. We have been teetering between -15f to 40f. So each day we have to re-read the situation and the needs of the Ladies….