Category Archives: ducks

Options for Processing Your Meat Birds

Many homesteaders and small farm owners like to raise their own meat chickens, turkeys, ducks and other poultry in order to provide wholesome, fresh food for their own use. Let’s discuss the options that currently exist for what happens at the end of the growing time: processing. Different rules apply to those wishing to sell birds to customers. If that

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Heritage Breeds and The Livestock Conservancy: What Are They and Why Does It Matter?

The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in preserving the historical genetic diversity of animals traditionally associated with pre-industrial agriculture. Now, more than ever, animals are being bred for a single purpose: industrial production. Homesteaders, ecologically minded consumers, sustainability advocates, and diversified farms are looking to heritage breeds to rebuild a more diverse food system. But what are

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Honey Bees and Poultry on the Homestead

Whether you are a beekeeper interested in adding chickens, ducks, geese, guineas or other poultry to your homestead, or you are a poultry enthusiast interested in beekeeping, you might have a lot of questions whether or not it is possible. Will the bees sting my chickens? Will my poultry bother my beehives? Is it safe to let my bird’s free range

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Terri gets Ducky: Tales of a New Duckling Owner

We chose all Rouens because they are friendly and a heavier breed who is more likely to stay close to home. We watched in amazement at how much they ate and drank. Oh, and how sloppy they were compared to baby chicks. In about three weeks’ time Bristol, Vegas, Dega and Pheonix (can you tell we are Nascar fans?) outgrew their brooder, so my husband built a duck house he dubbed the “Taj Mahal.”

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