Pastured Laying Ducks

 

IMG_5753Meet The Flock

Our duck flock was started by Sauce, our younger son.  He purchased our initial IMG_5491ducklings which we all quickly fell in love with.  We raise a combination of Khaki Campbells and hybrid Cambell layers.  We affectionately call their home  Duckingham Palace.  Paul & Spaghetti (older son) built the Palace last year but it has since undergone some renovations.  Our ducks live on grass in our pastures protected by electrified poultry netting with sun, shade, their own awning, and a small play tub.  Hysterical to watch.  Don’t tell me animals don’t know how to play.

What We Feedduck-in-house

Since our ducks live on pasture, they eat what they want, quite simply.  There is plenty of grass, weeds, and bugs for them scavenge, plus the occasional weddings and produce we turn in to a watery soup, which they love.  I’ve learned the hard way though that they don’t like bananas!  We do offer them a free choice feed but they honestly don’t eat it much.  We offer the same balanced layer feed with calcium and herbal extracts as our hens eat.  See here for questions about feed.

Why Eat Duck Eggs?

Most stores (and people) think chicken eggs.  So why duck?

From Backyardchickens.com

From Backyardchickens.com

  • Richer taste
  • Higher nutritional value
  • Longer shelf life
  • Larger size
  • More Omega-3s

Read more about the benefits of duck eggs here and here.