Do you want to live with ducks on your farm? Or, do you have them and absolutely love living with ducks? Ducks are a beneficial animal on a farm and can be economically better to raise than chickens. Let me tell you why I love living with ducks.
Let's be honest, ducklings are adorable, and as they grow and mature into an adult duck they never lose their appeal. Ducks are cute and entertaining, but most of all they are beneficial to a farm and rewarding to their keepers.
I get a warm feeling and my heart swells when I watch my ducks waddling up and down our driveway, heading to their favorite places to hang out every day. I enjoy watching them communicate and quacking at each other bobbing their head up and down as if they are in a very important conversation. I am always in awe of how they line up and follow the leader everywhere they go. I really enjoy how chivalrous my male duck is as he watches the ladies and keeps an eye out over them. Bottom line, I love living with ducks.
Ever since we added ducks to our farm, I have said many times that ducks are economically more efficient than chickens. Don't get me wrong, I love my chickens and wouldn't trade raising chickens for anything. But, for the money, ducks do outshine the chickens. Why? Let me explain my theory.
Ducks don't require as much feed. We free raise our birds and the ducks might have a nibble or two of feed in the mornings, but they are more eager to take off down the driveway to their favorite place to forage. Ducks forage continuously all day, and they are eating all sorts of insects and grasses and other things that they find tasty. The chickens, on the other hand, do forage and run around and peck, but they aren't going to miss a feeding in the morning.
Living with ducks benefits our farm greatly, because the ducks are amazing pest control. I can let the ducks into my garden and they will work on the bugs and the slugs and anything they find but they don't bother the vegetation in my garden beds. My chickens will eat all the vegetation they can before they start on the bugs.
I will admit they are quite messy, but luckily they don't get on my porch so all their mess is left on the ground and it fertilizes the grass. When we moved to our place the grass in the front, what little we have, was brown and crispy. Since we starting living with ducks and chickens, that grass is a lush thick green all spring and summer long.
Ducks lay a lot of eggs, which is the best part about having them. Duck eggs are a little bigger than chicken eggs and have a lot of nutrition. They are amazing when used in baking because of the higher fat content. I love all the eggs the ducks give us for very little money in return invested in them.
The myth that you must have a pond to live with ducks is false. Ducks do need a water source to get into to bathe and play. But, you don't need a pond. I have children swimming pools that my ducks splash around in and they are quite content with them.
The biggest bonus, to living with ducks, is the constant entertainment. I can sit outside and watch them all day, and laugh at their antics. I have to say, living on our farm with our animals is much more entertaining than any television program.
Hi! My name is Jaymie and I'm married to my best friend and have three children. We live on our hobby farm in the north Georgia mountains and love it!
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