Thursday, January 15, 2009

DUCKS! Muscovy ducks for the tiny farm.

I've been missing my khaki campbells ever since I had to rehome them. The noise was just too much; all the neighbors could hear them. With 10 hens this year I'm anticipating a couple of flies in the chicken area, so it was obvious that I had to have some muscovy ducks. (They can eat hundreds of flies a day and don't quack.) Money is really really tight around here so I didn't think it was going to happen, but then through the magic of craig's list and two five dollar bills, I got these two!



They were sold to me as females that are about 4 or 5 months old. The ducks don't have names yet but I bet they will by the end of the weekend. Maybe Daphne and Delilah? We'll see.

They were bred from a white female and a very nice black drake who likes to be pet. Hopefully the friendliness got passed to these two. When I was a (very young) kid I thought that people with lots of freckles were the child of one black parent and one white one so they came out spotted, apparently in ducks that really is how it works!

I am so happy to have ducks again, I think a dozen is a great number of birds to have so we'll stop here for now....

4 comments:

Chiot's Run said...

How great! Gotta love it when something works out.

Justin said...

Wow, that's cool. What do you feed them?

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

I have just been offered 10 week old muscovy ducks for $5 each and the Mum and Dad if I want them!
I actually put a request for info about Muscovy owners On my blog!
Your two girls look lovely,I did'nt know they don't quack and the eating flis thing....I just never knew.
Apparently they can be quite smelly though???
Have you heard that???
Enjoy your new feathered friends

rachelbess said...

Justin: I feed them chicken grower feed as well as lots of lettuce and fruits/veggies.
A Bite of C.C.: Ducks are messier than chickens for sure. I guess they might be a little smellier, I hadn't noticed, it's not overwhelming or anything, but then I don't have 20... :)