This year, at Broadfork Farm, we decided to give duck-raising a try. We’ve kept laying hens in the past and thought it would be fun to try out ducks. Plus we were inspired by the nutritional profile of duck eggs (higher in nutrients than chicken eggs, likely due to their foraging style). We were also […]
Over the years ducks have been bred for different purposes, primarily meat production and egg production. If you plan to raise ducks on your homestead, it is important to choose a duck breed that best suits your particular needs. Whether you are looking for a meat duck, a layer, or a dual purpose duck, here’s […]
Chickens or ducks on the homestead? I have to admit, I am a chicken collector. I also have a love affair with our ducks. So, which is really better–chickens or ducks? Here’s my pros and cons to each, based on my experiences.
As a companion to our “Why Ducks Might NOT Be Right For You”, one eloquent reader tells us exactly why ducks are the best kept secret on the homestead. Are they right for you? Find out!
There are a lot of different opinions on whether or not ducks and chickens can live together, so the answer is necessarily black and white. Chickens and ducks have enough differences that housing the separately would be ideal in many cases. But, what if you don’t have the room? Can chickens and ducks live together?
Muscovys and Mallards are 2 breeds that can fly. It would be heartbreaking for the small homestead to own either of these breeds, and then go out to feed them one day only to have them disappear. If you have a larger homestead with lots of room, Muscovys would be a great breed as they […]