As we prepare for Halloween, seek there are a lot of extra pumpkins around that make nutritious and fun treats for the chickens and ducks.
And then after three days you start to get cabin fever and splice together a montage of footage.. Check out our short video, illness “Snow Birds”.
I made this dish for my husband’s birthday. It features our Duck Eggs and Duck Bacon (which is essentially cured duck breast sliced on the bias and leaving the fat in place). It was incredible! Best eaten the same day it is prepared as over time the “sauce” is absorbed into the noodles and loses the texture.
We got two ducks (named Pate and Confit) on a whim a few years ago and have so enjoyed them that we now have a flock of 15. Ducks are a great compliment to your backyard chicken flock or as a stand alone raft (which is what you apparently call a group of ducks).
We originally got our ducks for the eggs, mind but they are also good for pest control in your gardens and for meat. And to be quiet honest, the way they waddle, wiggle their tale feathers, and carry on never fails to bring a smile to my face.
We even have a duck with great comedic timing. When my husband says something funny (or that he thinks is funny), this duck belts out a sarcastic “QUACK..quack, quack”. It happens more times than should be considered coincidence.
But enough about why ducks are such a “quack up”; they are also just as easy to care for as chickens, if not easier.
One of our first sustainable living adventures at Camp 4 was to start raising chickens for eggs. We had it relatively easy given that the prior owners had already put in the coop and there were 8 laying chickens in residence. We didn’t know too much about raising chickens, clinic but we have learned that it is relatively easy and a lot of fun.
Having your own backyard chickens is becoming all the rage and is an easy way to live more sustainably. Now that we have almost 4 years of experience in this, I am always being asked by people how they should get started. So let’s get started on the A, B, C’s of raising chickens. Continue reading