As spring has officially sprung here in Canada (finally) I thought I’d introduce you to the quacks on the homestead.
(The ducks are a bit dirty looking because they do not have access to bathing water right now, once they are able to swim they won’t look so dirty)
Over the past few years we have been raising and breeding Rouen ducks, it has been a hobby of mine that I’m hoping to have start paying off in the years to come. This season we have two trios of breeding Rouens and have just purchased one trio of breeding Pekins. The plan for the Pekins is to use them for meat. Rouen and Pekin ducks are both a dual purpose breed that can be used for egg laying and meat. The Pekins are all white with orange bills and the Rouens look like large Mallard ducks.
We use the ducks for their eggs (yummy) and to forage in the garden (they are great at eating up all those bugs). This year we hope to use some for meat as well. Ducks can be useful on a farm/homestead as well as being comical, we enjoy watching them play in the yard and in the water. If you have the set up they are a great addition to any homestead.
Last year our ducks and chickens were completely free range, unfortunately we have a fox issue and can no longer let them free range without supervision. So our plans are this year to build a huge fenced in area surrounding the small creek that runs through our property. In this area both the ducks and chickens will have access to a pasture area, brush and running water. Our hope is to have the set up as free range as possible while still providing protection from foxes and raccoon’s. We plan to still use the ducks and chickens in the garden, but they will only be out while we are outside.
I will be posting more about our ducks in the future, stay tuned 🙂