Tips for Raising Healthy Ducks

Ducks bring so much fun & joy to the farm yard!  With their giant floppy feet, the way they waddle across the yard, the sheer joy they get from splashing in a kiddie pool, ducks really are a great addition to any farm!  While many backyard farmers start out with chickens, and ducks certainly can …

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 …