Backyard Poultry & Salmonella

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), Salmonella is one of the most frequently reported food borne illnesses in the US.  Salmonella is a bacterial disease that lives in the intestinal tracts of animals (including humans & birds).  Approximately 380 people die annually in the United States from the disease which can cause vomiting, …

Winter Duck Care

Winter winds are howling and a good old fashioned New England nor’easter is knocking on the door.  Most residents are rushing to the grocery store to stock up on batteries, bread and supplies for their family.  Farmers have an additional concern weighing on their mind – how can I keep my animals comfortable in the …

Duck Molting

Anyone that keeps ducks can attest to the moment of shear panic every summer when they go about their morning chores only to find HUGE amounts of fluffy feathers covering the run and duck house.  My mind immediately jumps to the worst conclusion – a predator attack – until my ducks waddle up to me …

All About Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are highly prized by bakers and gourmet chefs alike, but how are duck eggs different than your standard chicken egg? For starters, duck eggs are big.  Different breeds of both chickens & ducks lay different size eggs, but generally speaking, ducks eggs are about 50% larger than “medium” grade chicken eggs.  In the …

Treats your ducks will love!

Who here remembers going to the park to feed the ducks when they were a child?  I know I do!  It was something I always looked forward to.  I still vividly remember one day after preschool tossing bread to the ducks and leaning so far over the edge I fell in the pond!  I’m sure …

Being a Good Neighborhood Farmer

Farming is an incredibly challenging career.  Managing hundreds of acres of crops or hundreds of animals, keeping it all running smoothly, battling the elements, unexpected early frosts, drought, disease….it is certainly not something to undertake casually. Backyard farming in the suburbs might not have challenges on the scale of commercial farming, but it comes with …