When we did the meat bird harvest last month, we also thinned out our duck flock a little, putting some nice big duck breasts in the freezer. I have cooked duck breasts like a grass fed steak (seared then finished at a low temp in the oven) but I was looking for something else to … Continue reading Making Duck Sausage
They Grow Up So Fast
Most of the sweet little ducklings we’ve received in the last month are now hard to tell apart from the adults. They’re close to fully feathered and have been spending all day down at the pond. They’ve mastered getting down to the pond and back up to the coop in the evening. It’s just how … Continue reading They Grow Up So Fast
Playing Duck Mamma
I finally had to call it quits with accepting ducklings. I was getting 2-4 calls or emails/day with people looking for a permanent home for their “quarantine pets.” 3 here, 5 there...it adds up! I’ve lost track of how many we have now and those babies are hard to count. I split them into smaller … Continue reading Playing Duck Mamma
There have been so many stories in the news about how many pets have been adopted now that everyone is at home. The media worry: what will happen to all these dogs once people are back to work? Will the shelters be overwhelmed with people trying to return pets? Well we’ve anticipated the same issue … Continue reading Duckling Adoption
Nesting Duck Mamma Inspires a Walk Down Memory Lane
When I was out looking for duck eggs around the pond a few days ago, I spied this lady tucked under a honeysuckle bush. She’s pulled hay off the nearby compost pile, made a nest there and appears to be sitting on it. How exciting would it be if she hatches some babies??! We’ve only … Continue reading Nesting Duck Mamma Inspires a Walk Down Memory Lane
Some of you may remember my mention of how our adopted rooster wasn't having any luck with the chickens so he had turned his eye to the ducks. In this video you can see the ducks wanting to walk away from me but also hesitant to keep going because Gorgeous George is down on the … Continue reading Ducks Training
So much for a lazy weekend…
I wanted desperately to be lazy for a couple days while my hubby was out of town for a guys trip. I dreamt of days spent watching tv and crocheting warm and toasty while it was frigid outside. Unfortunately having animals means you don’t get to take time off whenever you like and the temps … Continue reading So much for a lazy weekend…
I spent most of the morning yesterday working out in the coop but didn't see the ducks come up to eat at all, which is unusual. When I walked down by the pond I found them quacking loudly in the cattails, the one part of the pond that hasn't frozen solid yet. When they saw … Continue reading Duck skating
Will Winter Ever Settle in?
Has this not been the strangest, wettest year in ages? I'm beginning to wonder if winter will ever settle in to stay. We had several weeks of temps down in the 20's and had to switch over to our winter mode for the chickens and ducks. When it's that cold, we have to drain the … Continue reading Will Winter Ever Settle in?
Sale on Small Duck Eggs
We are up to our ears in small duck eggs. The "babies" are laying now and they are very regular layers. We are at the stage, however, when their eggs are pretty small. When they reach full size we will begin supplying Jungle Jim's, but for now - our fridge is fast filling up! Typically … Continue reading Sale on Small Duck Eggs