Post by lavandulagirl on Jun 22, 2011 17:48:01 GMT -5
Do you have a contained swimming hole for your ducks? Just thought I'd mention that the water in there is a lovely, premixed manure tea. I have a 5' kiddie pool for the ducks, which they obligingly poop in as they swim and bathe. I use that water for the raised beds. That's a lot of gallons of manure tea.
Post by 12540dumont on Jun 24, 2011 19:28:18 GMT -5
Well, just before you run out and get a duck....lovely as they are...We bought 6 ducks in spring. By Fall we had 22 ducks. Over the winter we had some 40 ducks.
It was a quacking quackeroo. Great weeders of grass and slugs. My thought in the future is that we are going to cull all the male ducks to retain a respectable flock. They were very cute towing around their ducklings. But what a racket.
How about weeder geese? Anyone try them?
And yes, my son at 6 was teaching ducks to swim in his kiddie pool. Well, then he found out that he couldn't swim with them for the very same reason. Anyone need some wild rice for their duck kiddie pool? PM me and it's yours.
Bear in mind that a hostile duck is pretty irrelevant, but a hostile goose is dangerous. However, nothing makes a baked potato more deliciously crispy-skinned than goose grease. Keep your friends close; keep your enemies decapitated and roasted.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
My cayuga ducklings put on weight at an astounding rate, triple that of my duel purpose chickens. Since we live in a rather wet coastal climate , I will definitely be raising more ducks particualrily the muscovies as they are so quiet, they are definitely my favourites though I got adults so I am not sure how quickly they mature.
In my experience, breeding ducks, mostly Muscovies successfully and Silver Appleyards, less successfully, not all female ducks go broody and even if they do, not all females successfully hatch out eggs to term, or make good mothers.
So...selecting for broodiness and the other traits mentioned, goes a long way towards maintaining a flock.
P.S. Also re•Sexual Maturity: It is not desirable to bring ducks into egg production before 7 months of age because of problems with small egg size and low hatchability. Ducks hatched in April through July will reach sexual maturity at about 7 months of age because they are maturing during a decreasing day length. On the other hand, ducks hatched in September through January will mature 1 to 2 months early because they will be subjected to increasing lengths of natural day light. Scheduling your hatch season to coincide with the April through July time period will eliminate this problem.