What about ducklings? When you are a homesteader, the most common animal people add first is chickens. They are easy to take care of, give you fresh eggs, eat lots of bugs, and turn your kitchen scraps into compost. Why go any further and add more animals such as ducks? Aren’t they dirty and noisy?a
Well, in a nutshell, yes and no. Ducks have so many wonderful benefits to them on the homestead. They are better foragers than chickens and many times, are stronger layers than chickens, meaning that they will lay consistently throughout the year, no matter the weather or amount of light. Ducks also have a fun personality that makes them entertaining to watch. They are usually friendly creatures that you can let loose in the garden area in the evenings and they won’t destroy it as they are eating bugs, slugs and other pests.