10 Best Books for Raising Ducks

10 Best Books for Raising Ducks

The internet is a treasure trove of information on every topic imaginable, but sometimes it can be exhausting to sort through everything to find the most accurate resources. There are quite a few forums and social media groups that allow people to exchange tips and tricks, but how can you tell the facts from hearsay or old wives’ tales?

If you’re getting started in the wonderful, messy world of raising ducks you probably have a… [Read More]

5 Quietest Duck Breeds

5 Quietest Duck Breeds

Quiet duck breeds do exist – and neighbors to your small homestead or backyard will definitely thank you for considering them. While male ducks (drakes) do not crow at dawn like roosters, both male and female members of a duck flock can make a lot of racket when they feel so inspired. 

It is actually the female of the species that tends to make the moist noise when it comes to ducks. A rooster may… [Read More]

Top 7 Duck Predators: How to Know Which and Prevention

Top 7 Duck Predators: How to Know Which and Prevention

Ducks are far more vulnerable to predators than their barnyard poultry peers, chickens. There is a very good reason the phrase “sitting duck” was coined. These meat and egg birds have no natural means of self defense against common duck predators. Their beaks are rounded, their toenails are not sharp enough to cause harm, and nearly all domesticated breeds do not possess the ability to even attempt to flee by flying away.

The only true… [Read More]

5 Best Small Duck Breeds To Own

5 Best Small Duck Breeds To Own

Small duck breeds are most commonly referred to as “bantam” breeds. Typically, ducks in this category weigh only between four and a half to five and a half pounds once mature. A tiny or bantam duck breed is ideal for homesteaders in a small 5-acre plot of land or for folks who want to keep egg birds in a small town or suburban backyard.

Members of the bantam duck breeds are small but the eggs… [Read More]

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Purchasing Ducks

Ducks have a lot to offer homesteads both large and small. They produce copious amounts of extra large rich and creamy eggs, deliciously flavorful meat, and make entertaining “farm pets,” as well. But, making mistakes when purchasing ducks will cause not only frustration and wasted money for you, but potential deadly tragedy for the poultry birds.

While chickens have long been the staple and traditional meat and egg poultry birds in the United States, a… [Read More]