Get Your Ducks in a Row
We had to have ducks…had to. When we visit Disney World we spend a ton of time watching and interacting with their ducks. After several visits, we decided to get our own ducks. We picked out three baby ducks from a local feed store. They had a huge mixture of “domestic ducks“, so we’re not sure what we have. Since there are only about 14 domestic duck breeds to choose from, we should be able to figure it out soon. We’ve had them for about six weeks now… I think. I’ve lost track of time. We are enjoying them immensely.
They grow a noticeable amount every night. Every morning we look at them and wonder if they are the same ducks. They poop a lot. That was to be expected. They’ve moved from the tub in the above picture to the shower (which is a large one). It’s too cold to keep them outside and the spare bathroom has been working out well. We do have their accommodations ready for them outside when the weather warms up.
They are named Linny, Tuck, and Ming-ming. Our daughter took one look at them and they had their names. These names are from her favorite pre-school show on television called “The Wonder Pets“. My husband loves these ducks and has made claim to them. They are his ducks.
Depending on what type of ducks they turn out to be, we can expect between 100 – 300 eggs per year. Duck eggs are much larger than chicken eggs and I hear they are very good for baking. Although, their flavor is less familiar than chicken eggs (and stronger).
We will keep their flight feathers clipped. It doesn’t hurt the birds at all, it’s like clipping your fingernails. This will help to keep them safe from predators and in our yard. I’ve been told that Dave Holderread’s book, Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks, is a must-read for anyone raising ducks.
We do plan on collecting their eggs, but other than that, they are pets for us to enjoy. They are lively, vivacious, and vocal. Grayson is planning to show one of them in 4-H next year if we get lucky enough to have one that is show quality. We are looking forward to the fun and the life they are going to bring to our yard.
Come grow with us!