Ducks


01_duckI raise ducks and sell their eggs. My ducks spend all day foraging on pasture. They eat grass, dandelion leaves, other plants, bugs, worms, and anything else that catches their fancy. I provide them with a small amount of supplemental, non-medicated feed, but that is only to ensure they have access to all of the nutrients they need. Most of what they eat is from the pasture.

At night, I herd the ducks into a mobile coop that we built to protect them from the farm’s many owls, raccoons, and other nocturnal predators. I get up every morning at sunrise to let the ducks out again. The pasture fencing and coop are all movable and every few days I move everything to a new part of the farm to give the ducks fresh pasture to graze.

01_movingI currently have two different types of ducks, Muscovy ducks and a hybrid breed. The Muscovies were my first ducks and I prefer their temperament, but they don’t lay very many eggs. Therefore, in the fall of 2017, I added the hybrids to my flock because this breed was bred for egg production. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do in 2018.

I sell the duck eggs locally through word of mouth and at the farmers market. The eggs are usually available from April through October. Ducks and chickens naturally stop laying and will begin to molt during the shorter fall days. Many farmers provide their egg laying birds with supplemental light during the winter so the birds will continue laying. I choose not to do that. Instead, I allow my ducks to go through a full molt and have a natural break during the winter even though that means a few months without eggs.

I am often asked how duck eggs compare to chicken eggs. The short answer is: they are better, at least in my opinion. I’ve never been a big fan of chicken eggs, but I absolutely love my duck eggs. Check out my FAQ for the answers to many of the questions I am frequently asked. Contact me if you are in the Barren or Warren county area and are interested in purchasing my duck eggs.

Visit the photo albums if you would like to see more pictures of my ducks.

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