It looked like there was a pillow fight in my yard last night. You see, ducks don’t molt like chickens do. They actually have a couple of molts and each one looks different. The effects are most obvious in drakes. Find out about eclipse molts, big summer molts and the really cool thing about fall molts with drakes.
If you own chickens, there's a chance you've been considering adding ducks as well. There are a lot of good reasons to consider adding them to your homestead. Ducks are hardier than chickens both in their climate tolerance and health-wise. They are quieter (well, maybe not the ladies), but you can have a drake and no one will ever know. They lay eggs more frequently and these eggs are not only more nutritious, they are excellent for baking. Ducks are also gentler on your homestead. They get rid of bugs and pests in the garden like chickens do, but with much less damage.
I am in love with mason jar feeders and waterers. They work for all ages and sizes in the flock and if you’re like me and have hundreds of jars laying around, it’s a dirt cheap way to go. The only flaw to them is they can be very challenging to hang. When left on the ground, they quickly fill with bedding and droppings. With a little crochet knowledge and some yarn or even twine, you can make a hanger in a matter of minutes.
I got an email from a friend of mine who was worried about her hens. She was concerned that they looked disheveled and had stopped laying. I asked her to investigate further, but with 18 month old chickens in the fall, I was hedging my bets that her birds had stopped laying for the most prevalent reason laying hens stop laying.
Winter is on its way here in Maine. It may have already arrived for my friends further up north. Just this morning there was a layer of ice on the outdoor water buckets. I’m not ready yet. Are you? Being ready for winter makes the experience a bit more bearable. Here are some tips to get you started.
We all know that farm fresh eggs look and taste better, but have you ever wondered why farm yolks are so dark? Does a blood spot mean it’s fertile? Does the shell color change the flavor? Discover the answers to these frequently asked questions about farm fresh eggs.
You might be wondering when is the right time to switch to the next stage of feed. Today I’m going to talk a bit about the timelines for those using commercial feed. Plus, I’ve included some great information about feeding roosters, drakes and toms as well as feeding a mixed flock of various ages and species.