Goose in the Lead
Over the winter we cut our duck flock back to a single hen who became bonded with the geese. Previous to that the two water fowl had been fairly separate most of the time. This spring we got more ducklings. Once they were out in the field the geese took them under their wing. The ducks are often found following one or more of the geese around, grazing on the grasses out in the pasture.
Ducks spend more time in the water than geese. Their activity helps to stir up the ponds, aerate the water and they eat mosquitoes as well as slugs and potato bugs. The trick with them and insects in the garden is to just put a couple of ducks or chickens in for a short period. They chow down on the pests and then you remove them. This works well with mature plants but not seedlings. Ducks especially love pea seedlings.
We have had a dismal time in the past trying to grow the Cornish x Rock hybrid meat chickens. Three times I’ve tried and three times we’ve failed. The kids begged me not to do them again. Those hybrids just sit around demanding to be fed commercial feed and then die of heart attacks, break their legs and other troubles.
I find a better solution is Pekin ducks. They grow just as fast or faster than the hybrid meat chickens, have huge breasts, forage on their own all summer without my needing to feed them and they eat pests. Plus they’re designed to work – they have strong hearts, legs and such so they are naturally healthy.
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