White Ducks, Green Pastures


Pekin Ducks on Pasture

Happy ducks on pasture. Even though we don’t feed them commercial duck feed they still grow sooo fast! Ducks pack on the pounds far faster than chickens. The job of these feathered fowl is to gobble up insects and stir up the various ponds – things they love doing.

While it is the pigs who bring home the bacon for us they are but one of the many animals at our farm. The ducks, geese, chickens, dogs, etc aren’t pets. Rather they are part of a system that is spearheaded by the pigs. Everyone helps make it happen. Everyone participates in their own way. Even the ferrets, the closest we have to pets, are hunters who take out pests with a zest.

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Tiny Cottage: 65°F/61°F

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9 Responses to White Ducks, Green Pastures

  1. Cary says:

    I love that you use ferrets to take out pests. People forget that’s why they were first domesticated. They can chase rats and mice right into the walls. Oddly enough I’ve never heard of one going feral. I have heard many stories of them waiting at strangers doors hoping to be let in because they were dumped or got lost and preferred being inside. They are a blast to have around as well. Total clowns and they love to play. We used to take a pair to the park and they’d run back to us for protection when they got scared.

  2. Peter says:

    The ducks are looking good and fat… Do they eat just the plants and insects from the pasture or do you feed them SOMEthing?

  3. Melissa says:

    We love ducks too. AMazing how fast our muscovy grow. Looking forward to my favorite– roast duck.

    What is the plant in the background??

    • I’m not sure. It tends to come in to compacted soils, loosening them and then grasses, clovers and such follow it. That was a lane.

    • Patrick says:

      I am with you, Melissa. I am about to pick the muscovy flock a little smaller in the next week or so. Next spring we let the remaining birds make some more.

      For other: muscovy is a great addition. Quiet and docile (they don’t quack). Easy to manage and great foragers. Not related to domestic ducks (Mallards) and they are quite lean – only 3% fat. They are big and prized by foodies. I am getting eggs from mine even now and they are big. I sneak the eggs into everything from scrambles to pancakes to whatever and guests never know. Our eat primarily what they find with limited commercial feed for supplemental food. I think the ratio will go more to commercial soon, given that winter will be here.

      I think this year is going to be a cold one. The latter half of summer was not even near the temps we normally get, and that has to affect the winter, I would think. Cool summer earth/ground == cold winter. Either way, we’re laying in more of everything we need this winter.

  4. CarolG. says:

    So are the ducks also destined for the table? It would seem to be a tasty solution to not having to overwinter all of them.

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