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 …

Great Backyard Duck Breeds

They say that ducks are the “new chickens” – it seems backyard farmers all over the country are beginning to enjoy the pleasure of keeping ducks.  Our ducks are all different breeds because I enjoy variety and I like being able to tell them apart….and because there are so many great breeds I couldn’t choose just …

11 Amazing Duck Facts!

Ducks make a wonderful addition to any backyard farm.  They are curious & friendly with such sweet little faces!  You know they are super cute, but did you know these 11 Amazing Facts About Ducks? They can sleep with one eye open – Ducks can turn off half their brain while keeping the other half …

Foamy Eye Disease in Ducks

Ducks are pretty hardy birds, but Foamy Eye is a fairly common issue with ducks.  Generally if you see foaming in your duck’s eye, it is their body’s natural way of trying to clear an infection either from an injury or from a respiratory issue. One of the most important things you can do to …

What is a Broody Hen?

If you are raising chickens or ducks you are bound to come across the term “broody”.  What does it mean, why does it happen and is it something you need to worry about? Female chickens and ducks (and most of their wild bird relatives, and occasionally even some male birds!) have natural instincts that tell …