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…

The Sexy Beasts are now HERDING!

Every morning one of my Sexy Beasts gets to come out and do duck chores with me. I love it as it is not only one on one time for me with one of my dogs, but it is fun to have a chores partner. And then they get to tend to the ducks for…

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…

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….

… and sometimes we get it right

Often times I get an idea for what I want to do, make, plant, design, write, or whatever,  and I do it. I am not one to dwell on ifs, ands, or buts. Sometimes I get it right and it feels super awesome, not gonna lie. Much of the time however it is an initial…

… and let there be light

The first gift from my husband was a pair of hockey skates. I was so in love at the time, that although a weird gift since I didn’t really skate or play hockey, he thought of me, so that was awesome. My second gift was a chainsaw, and I was still so in love at…

A Family Affair

The Ladies of the Quack Shack have added so much to our day, and our lifestyle, and not a single person or dog is complaining. Our sunrise outings down to Fort Duckworth have allowed me to experience all of our incredible sunrises. We have entered a bit of a ‘barter-trade’ relationship – I feed my…

Freshly Laid

First off, our first two eggs, freshly laid! This means the ducks are settling in. Mama Beetz and Rhumb got to quickly consume them after work this morning, and they were more than thrilled for their paycheck, a job well done! The Ladies of the Quack Shack operate on a sunrise and sunset schedule. My…