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Muscovy Ducks – Sustainability in your Back Yard

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Muscovy ducks are the most sustainable animals I can think of to keep, find out why we'll always keep them on our farm and how easy they are to care for
My husband is currently awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse, or something of that nature, so I hear a lot about planning for the end of civilization as we know it. Maybe that’s why he goes along with my never ending desire to plant more fruit trees, grow a bigger garden and raise all the livestock! Or maybe he just loves me and wants me to he happy. Either way, we’ve got a lot going on between the baby, the house pets, the alpacas, the chickens and the rest of the flock so we try to keep simple routines. The easiest keepers we have are the Muscovy ducks, hands down. I’m not the only one who thinks that way either, when I put together my post about Favorite Chicken Breeds Mike from Gentleman Homesteader shared that Muscovy are his his favorties too, you can read why on his post about Adding Muscovy Ducks to the Homestead[Read more…]

WW: Ducklings, Growing Up

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I just switched over to wordpress so I apologize for anything wonky.

If you notice something *off* please let me know!

Ducklings are growing, they are almost as big as their Mama now!
These little guys are a constant source of amusement. They around the lawn in a big clump stopping to visit the garden, chill under the deck and run from the pasture to the water to the barn in dizzying loops.
Can I just say how much I love the fact that I had ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with raising these guys? Mama ducks are awesome

WW: Hatching Duckling (6/90)

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I [tried] to take a series of pictures of a duck hatching, but the lighting sucked and they move a lot. Funny how you can’t control baby beasts!

 The part of hatching that takes the longest is from the initial ‘pip’ to when they break the shell all the way around. After than it goes pretty quickly. There is a lot of flailing and some nasty looking membranes. All six of these eggs hatched and they were moved out to the barn earlier this week. If all goes well we should have some turkeys hatching next week and we needed the tub.

All dried off

Summer Blog Challenge – Nicknames:

Beans – My dad’s parents sometimes me that because I used to play with a jar of beans

Rosie – My dad’s father calls me that because my middle name is Rose

Quack – Long story but that’s what Mike calls me (it’s a reference to ducks)

Unplanned Birthday Suprise

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6 Muscovy ducklings

Bittersweet moments are pretty common with farm animals.
After sitting on 6 eggs for 35 days the mamma duck is missing.
Luckily we had the incubator out so it didn’t take too long to get it up and running to dry off the ducklings. Now that they’re dried off they’ll be moved to a tub until they are old enough to live in the barn.