Muscovy Ducks

So, we were going to wait till next year to add ducks to the place, but decided for various reasons to go ahead and get some now. The main reason for getting some started now is because the pond moss has really gotten out of hand this year so I’m hoping that these guys (and some grass carp) will eventually take care of it. Muscovies are not as much of a water duck as other ducks, but I think enough of them will do the trick and there’s a lot of other good reasons to go with Muscovies.

  1. Once they’re adults, they generally eat less feed than other ducks and do more foraging on nuisance insects and other critters.
  2. They’re quiet.
  3. I’m told they taste excellent.
  4. They’re low maintenance.
  5. They reproduce well.
  6. They’re well-suited to hot climates.

Compared with other ducks, they don’t produce many eggs, but I think it will be plenty for us and we might offer some to our customers further down the road.

Here are some links on Muscovy ducks, if you’re interested in getting some yourself or just want to know more. Who knows, maybe we’ll start selling a few ourselves later on….

Why choose Muscovy ducks?

The Muscovy Duck by Dr. Dennis P. Smith

Cooking with Muscovy Duck

 

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…ain’t they cute?

To our customers: Thanks!

We appreciate your business!
 
We thought you might like to have a little better idea where your eggs came from.
 
The Chickens: Our current flock is composed of Black Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, and one Turken.
 
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The Housing: The chickens spend most of their time in coop, but are let out and free to roam whenever we’re home to keep an eye on them. For this reason, there’s always a chance of losing some to predators, but it allows them to do “chicken stuff” and be happy.
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 In the future, we might decide to move some into “chicken tractors,” which are basically moveable coops that allow the chickens to have access to grass and insects with a little more security.
 
The Feed: We buy our feed at O’Keefe Feed & Seed, a local store, and currently use a 16% organic layer feed from Nature’s Grown Organics. A detailed list of the ingredients may be found here.
 
The Availability: Because ours is a small flock, 13 hens, we can only provide so many eggs. Add to that the occasional molting, broodiness, and seasonal daylight variation and it can become difficult to always keep the eggs coming consistently – in fact, we can’t. However, we hope that you”ll enjoy them while they are available and if there’s enough interest then we might consider expanding the flock next year. Thanks for buying!
 
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Chad & Andrea