Thanks for this information! We are thinking about getting hens and I will let my husband read this info so we can decide ultimately what to get. Have a great weekend! :-) P.S. Do you do the field trip linkup anymore? Was just wondering. :-)
We love ducks! Our boys love eating their eggs. We had to settle for only having pekins because our khaki campbells and other breeds were flying to our neighbors pool. :( Our duck eggs yolks are a lot darker on the outside then the chickens'. However, when you pop the yolk it's the same inside. I assumed they were all like that but I guess I need to research that after seeing your pic.
Thanks for the info. We've only raised chickens but are considering ducks. You make a good case for it! Do chickens and ducks need to be in separate enclosures?
I keep chickens (Australorps) and ducks (pekins, Indian runners and muscovies) together, and they get along fine.Ducks make a lot more mess than chickens, though, and will soil up the water containers, so you have to spend a bit more time cleaning up and refilling bowls.We love the duck eggs in cakes and pavlovas, as well as just eating them fried or poached.
Wonderful post! I only have chickens at the moment, but with spring nearing I have had a though about ducks once or twice! I just may have to slip a few in on a hatchery order after all!
I am hopping by from Mosaic Reviews to say HI and to follow your blog. I look forward to starting this exciting journey and becoming one of your new readers! See you around. :-D ~Elyse / Oiralinde
This was very informative! THanks! I will have to mention it to my husband so that when we do get our little farm, we can look into getting some ducks.
We had runner ducks, and I was happy to get rid of them, due to them getting to my garden plants. I prefer chickens, as they seem to get most of the bugs, but I'm gonna have them spend more time in their coop so they won't harm the young plants, and only let them out into the garden for only an hour or two a day. We don't live on a farm, we just have a nice sized garden. I would love to own more land and have a real farm some day, but I doubt that will happen in this lifetime. Maybe in the next one :-)
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