Raising Chicks in the Winter

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Whether you want to get a jump start on raising chickens for the year, or maybe one of your hens decided to go broody right when the weather turned cold, you might have a lot of questions on how in the world you can raise little chicks in the winter! They can be quite fragile, […]

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Caring For Ducklings In The Winter

Duckling winter care involves diligent, but not complicated or overly time consuming husbandry techniques. The cute little fuzzy ducklings that you hatched or bought will be totally dependent upon your care in order to survive their first few days to weeks of life.  While ducks are incredibly more winter cold hardy than chickens, who can […]

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Can You Keep Ducks As Pets? Everything You Need To Know

Ducks are most commonly kept as egg and meat birds on homesteads or even in large backyards, but they can also be raised as entertaining and affable pets, as well. These adorable poultry birds can make great pets, as long as keepers do not expect them to behave like a pet store bird or a […]

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Best Meat Duck Breeds

Keeping ducks for meat has been on the rise in the United States for several years. While factory farms have long supplied gourmet chefs with duck meat, more folks are starting to raise these fabulous birds not only for the large and creamy eggs they produce, but for their tender meat on small farms and […]

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Do Ducks Need Water? What You Should Know

Ducks do not just love water, they need it. A duck must not be left without clean water to bathe in, swim in, and drink. Ducks in such a scenario will suffer not only ill health effects but also become emotionally distressed and exhibit anxious and even destructive behavior.  It does not matter if you […]

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Buff Orpington Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Buff Orpington ducks are a friendly and docile multi-purpose breed of poultry bird. These attractive ducks are often kept solely as farm pets or “pond ornaments” due to their affable nature and graceful beauty. A Buff Orpington duck (sometimes called just Buff, for short) is also a quality meat bird. While the Pekin duck breed […]

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Welsh Harlequin Duck: Everything You Need To Know

Welsh Harlequin ducks are known for both their quality egg production and their avid desire to procreate. So much so in fact, that you only need one drake (male duck) to service an entire flock of hens. – female ducks. This popular duck breed is a relatively young one. Welsh Harlequin ducks were created after […]

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Magpie Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Magpie ducks are not necessarily as popular or well known as the Pekin, Khaki Campbell, or even the Indian Runner breeds, but they do have an extremely devoted keeper and breeder community.  The hens of this breed are proficient layers of quality eggs. Both hens and drakes (mature male ducks) are excellent meat birds – […]

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Indian Runner Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Indian Runner Duck Breed- Everything You Need To Know

Indian Runner ducks boast one of the most distinctive body styles in the entire duck world. Members of this breed actually look a lot more like penguins or feathered bowling pins at first glance than either domesticated or wild ducks. But, unlike penguins they do not waddle and can actually run rather quickly. When Indian […]

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Ancona Duck Breed: Everything You Need To Know

Ancona Duck Breed - Everything You Need To Know

Ancona ducks are a calm and multi-purpose duck breed that are quite popular with backyard keepers and large homesteaders alike – when they can be found. In fact, it is their love of this breed by keepers that has helped save them from extinction during the past decade. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy designated Ancona […]

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