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What I wish I’d known before starting a Duck Farm

October 19, 2019

so it’s been almost a year since we
started keeping ducks on our farm and I feel like I’ve learned a lot of lessons
so I figured it’d be good for you guys today I put together a video that would
show you some of the lessons I’ve learned about keeping ducks here on our
farm we currently have 17 ducks here on our farm most of the Ducks are khaki
Campbell’s khaki Campbell’s if you’re not familiar are this breed that is just
an awesome egg-laying duck ducks actually because we wanted to start
doing mostly duck eggs for sale as our first farm business we also have two
Pekin ducks here on the farm they were adopted a friend of mine didn’t want him
and so he offered him up to us and I figured hey the more ducks the merrier
we started off with 41 ducks they all came to the farm via postage delivery
sort of a nerve-racking process waiting for them to show up and like any
expectant new parent I was always really nervous about the ducks and their
welfare and making sure everything would be okay but generally speaking the first
few weeks of our ducklings was was pretty easy and as we’ve harvested some
of them for me we’ve lost a few to illness and we lost one who just
mysteriously vanished one day overall I feel like I’ve learned a ton about
keeping ducks both the good in the bad their strengths and weaknesses so if
you’re out there watching this video trying to figure out if you want ducks
or not let me try to give you a little sense of some of the things that I wish
I knew before I started now the first and most important thing that I would
want to stress is that ducks are water fowl and because they are water fowl
water is ridiculously important you don’t necessarily need a pond or a lake
but if you want your ducks to be the happiest and healthiest they can be you
do have to set up little tiny pools or places for them to really get swimming
they also need to be able to dunk their heads in water so that they can practice
good duck hygiene and so water is important and you will spend a lot of
time as a duck owner dealing with water I mean like a ridiculous amount of water
crazy amount of water like in the winter I go through about 30
gallons a day in the summer it could be as much as I don’t know 40 or 50 gallons
I mean most of that water that we’re going to deal with is for filling up
their pool so when their ducklings and they’re just
little tiny little fluff balls they can easily drown themselves they can easily
get themselves a chill they don’t have their adult feathers so
they’re not totally waterproof so you have to be very careful but at the same
time they need to be able to dunk their heads in water and clear out their
nostrils and clear their eyes and that’s an important part of keeping happy
healthy ducks and ducklings you’re gonna find that the ducklings splash water
everywhere they’re gonna make a mess of their bedding it gets disgusting I tried
and tried and tried to figure out a good solution there I don’t think I did all
that well I found that creating trays to allow for drainage helped a lot but
still it was quite a challenge and it wasn’t an easy thing to deal with and
even as adults ducks have their own water problem like if you look at their
coop right now even as we’re in the final stages of winter there’s just
frozen water and poop all around the container even though I built a drainage
ditch that is just one big poop glacier that’s starting to melt some of the
biggest hurdles I’ve had have been when like water lines of frozen and when
we’re in you know 20 degree below weather and I’m having to defrost frozen
pipes and the water is freezing constantly and I’m having to run water
back and forth to them to ensure that they always have access to clean water
overall I have found that the single hardest thing about being a duck owner
and having a duck farm is contending with the other important task that you have
with raising ducks is protecting them from predators for most of the summer
last year I have these guys out in our pasture I would move them on a regular
basis I built basically a chicken tractor and I kept him in there and I
would move them every day I would use some electric poultry netting and
surround their duck house when I would let them out during the day as a way to
protect them from predators overall seem to do pretty well when it
got to be the winter months and we started to have snow on the ground I
actually moved them into a duck house that I built was a retrofitted hay shed
I ensured that it was predator proof making sure that like a weasel raccoon
or Bobcat or coyote bear or any of the vicious predators that we have wandering
our woods here I had one duck that I came home one day and they just
disappeared I don’t know if a land predator hawk or an owl or something
came and got him they were at that point a fully grown adult duck but she just
vanished on me one day she might have even just wandered off and got eaten I
don’t know it’s a mystery but it was just that one duck that I lost so far
the rest of them have been able to keep pretty safe but you’ve got to recognize
our ducks can’t really fly they can flutter around a little bit so if they
are attacked by a predator they will be literal sitting ducks and a meal for
that predator so you got to be very careful you got to be thoughtful and you
got to build in protections for your ducks to keep them from getting by
predators one of the things I’ve been very impressed with Ducks as and animals
just how hearty they are that was one of the benefits that I had read about as I
was thinking about getting ducks and based on my experience it’s really held
up to be the case I had this one small stint back in the summer when the Ducks
were about 5 or 6 weeks old when several of them got sick and died I don’t know
if it was a case of duck botulism or actually a parasite problem that’s
carried by some of the Flies that we have around here I’m still trying to
figure it out but I do know I had to contend with that
but ever since I got past that illness they have been like bulletproof
I haven’t had mites I haven’t had you know any sort of diseases I haven’t had
bumblefoot I haven’t had any of the the general problems that you might hear you
have with animals we are in a very cold climate here in northern Vermont we can
have weeks at a time where we’re 20 to 30 below and I basically kept them in an
uninsulated shed that entire time and they were fine they you know are a
little less plucky and energetic when it’s that cold and they would rather
stay inside than come out but you know they paid you so well in the cold I have
just been so impressed by how they’ve performed I mean when you think about it
makes sense they have their own little built-in down coats that they’re wearing
at all times that if anybody’s out there thinking about poultry farming in a
northern climate I highly recommend go now if you’re thinking about getting
ducks the ratio of males to females that you keep is going to be very important
the duck mating ritual as you can see here is pretty rough-and-tumble and it
takes a lot out of the gals and so you want to make sure you don’t have too
many Drake’s in your flock if you’re gonna keep them long-term as I said we
focused in on khaki Campbell’s which is a lighter weight duck that’s really good
for laying eggs but we did get a straight run of ducks meaning it was a
random mix of males and females and as they got older it was pretty easy to
sort the males from the females and we ended up calling most of the males
keeping really to khaki Campbell’s to help breathe for the next year the ratio
that I’ve heard that you want to keep is a five or six females to one Drake and
so that’s what we actually have here in in so far that seems to be a good mix
I’m gonna start hatching out ducklings on my own later this spring if you’re
interested in either buying hatching eggs or buying ducklings directly from
us please shoot me a note you know as we’re trying to build our farm business
we’re trying to find customers any way we can and if YouTube can help us do
that that’d be awesome so now if you’re thinking about getting
ducks for the purposes of eggs it’s important to think about the fact that
you’re going to need a little time for them to ramp up and start laying eggs
fun three down here well these are in good shape all right so we got four good
eggs this morning nice work ladies we got our baby ducklings in June and it
really wasn’t until the end of November that they finally started to lay eggs
and even then it was sort of a trickle they didn’t really get into peak laying
mode until about February so that’s a good solid eight months between when I
got him and when they started to really hit their stride
now that the Ducks have hit their stride they are cranking them out with my Ducks
I get about 12 to 16 eggs a day and again we only have 14 female layers so
that means that every once in a while I’ve got a female who goes into
overdrive and drops two eggs in a single 24-hour period that’s me is pretty
incredible the eggs are great a lot of people love them they’re often talked
about as the baker secret they’re a bit bigger than a chicken’s egg they have a
bit more yolk to them their shell is a little bit harder one fair warning when
it comes to ducks laying eggs is they will lay them anywhere and everywhere
and oftentimes that means that they’re laying them and gross stuff and so
you’re gonna have to wash those eggs just before warned much to my chagrin I
discovered that I’m personally allergic to duck eggs and that’s unfortunate my
favorite part about ducks is their personality and how you can work with
them ducks are very playful very fun-loving you know some ducks if you
handle them a lot especially when they’re young they are very open to
human connections and in fact they can even bond with humans I focused on
raising our ducks like farm ducks I wanted them to be a little bit skittish
and a little bit gun shy as a way to help protect them a bit from predators
they don’t like to be picked up a lot and they will usually move away from me
versus towards me see she really doesn’t like to be helped but I have found that
to be a very helpful characteristic because what that’s allowed me to do is
I’m able to train them in a couple of different ways I can herd them like a
flock a whole bunch of them I can herd them and move them around different
places and with a little bit of practice I’ve actually gotten pretty good at it
it used to take a lot of work for me to move them around nowadays I can just
move them at will it’s kind of fun and easy I’ve tried to do fancy things like hurt
him with the drone but that was kind of a disaster one day I might end up
getting like a farm dog like a hurting dog whether it’s like a border collie or
an Australian Shepherd or something and I might use them to move the ducks
around but that’s probably a little ways off because I feel like if I want to do
that I’ve got to spend the time to train that dog right and I probably just don’t
have that time these days the other thing I found with ducks too is you can
train them to vocal commands so every morning I actually trained them to come
shooting out of their house by saying the way I did this was I made sure that
there was always food outside the house when I’d release them in the mornings so
that they would associate me opening the door and yelling as the cue to make them
run out of the duck house the other thing I did was I trained them to go in
at night so when it’s bedtime for the Ducks I’ll often go out there and start
yelling I bring this characteristic up about ducks because for all of you
chicken owners out there I know you guys often think about you know how to herd
your chickens in and out and moving your chickens around as a pain in the neck
and they don’t really listen to you but I’ve found that ducks are almost the
exact opposite of that and it’s kind of cool they perform more like cattle or
sheep when you think about their flock mentality then the chickens which seemed
to scatter everywhere do whatever the heck they want so after a year of duck farming I can
happily say Ducks are awesome we have a little experiment Ducks are gonna do
garden cleanup the reason to get free


  • Reply UltraStoat July 20, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Why can’t the ducks fly?

  • Reply Tiny Rick July 23, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I wish I could give you more than ONE LIKE 🙂

  • Reply Roger H July 24, 2019 at 4:42 am

    There are some chickens that are winter hardy. Also youtube vids about winter feed. Clip their wing(s) to keep em from flying off. Chickens take about 5 months to start laying.

  • Reply Teresa Pisanello July 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you for this very informative video! Well done too! And I have to say I honestly enjoyed YOU! Watching and listening to you, a very pleasant video, fun to watch! Great job making it 🙂

  • Reply e schwarz July 24, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Galliformes are a relatively intelligent order of birds; at least they've gained more respect as such in past years; basically on par with many mammals. Farmers proly knew this for eons

  • Reply Otto Nicator July 25, 2019 at 9:11 am

    I am a vegan, though I sometimes wonder if, the souls of animals transfer their energy to, those who consume them…. If so, Ducks, Sheep, Cows, all would have one kind of energy, whereas Chickens, Goats, Pigs, would have another….. I think also, over time, people adapt the mannerisms and even their looks, from the animals they eat…. Think of how, Amazonian tribes, often look like Jaguars, Monkeys, and other wildlife… This has to be true…..? People who work around Cows and Horses, often 'have a look' about them……..

    I am trying to look Aryan, I guess? India is mostly Vegan or Vegetarian……

  • Reply Tammy Cornell July 26, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Try Muscovy ducks. They are big and very quiet. They are friendly. They are smart.

  • Reply Farm Life Pinay sa America July 27, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Invest with water hose,thats what we do right now that the pond is dry up at the moment until there will be rain coming again.I know its not easy to change the water everyday as we have almost 90 ducklings now tiring but it was fun seeing them growing big.

  • Reply XxBen-BakerxX July 28, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Do you need male ducks for female ducks to lay eggs

  • Reply Jonnie S July 31, 2019 at 12:42 am

    This was a very well made video. I learned a lot and it was fun and entertaining. Good job, thanks.

  • Reply fapimpe August 1, 2019 at 1:22 am

    This dude never heard of a hose before? 😀

  • Reply Francis Motta August 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Excellent video… Thank you for taking the time to create it… I hope to be a duck daddy one day. Cheers…

  • Reply Kylea1929 August 3, 2019 at 2:58 am

    You should really put a disclaimer at the beginning of this video. Some people, including myself, have no desire to see images of poor dead ducks and you flash them on the screen throughout this video as if it’s nothing. People should know what to expect if they watch this video.

  • Reply CindiLeeCusimano August 4, 2019 at 1:05 am

    This was informative. Thank you. I hope there are more videos soon.

  • Reply Victor Kyalo August 5, 2019 at 8:09 am

    release the quacken!

  • Reply sdushdiu August 5, 2019 at 11:55 am

    What, no geese? 😉 My first encounter with geese (before they got to know me) when I was about 5 years old on my grandparent's farm will NEVER be forgotten – as encountering a few Dobermans or German Shepards would have been nicer! Great watchdogs!
    As mentioned by others, ducks do bond easily with people – serving as a fair warning is one intends to raise them for food – ESPECIALLY if one has kids!!!! 😉
    Looking into the eye of a chicken is the epitome of pure insanity….while ducks are cool!
    Ducks are too often overlooked on the homestead – and they are great natural insectivores as well!!
    Thank you for your insights!

  • Reply J 77 August 6, 2019 at 4:59 am

    I have ducks, nobody tells you that those silly boys terrorize everyone!!!

  • Reply Medri Cueto August 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    This is the greatest video

  • Reply Joe A August 11, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Just a great video! Good production, well written, very informative and enjoyable even for us non farmers.

  • Reply miracLE I August 11, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Why cant his ducks fly ?

  • Reply sam popovic August 12, 2019 at 1:37 am

    when the doc gets sick give him garlic
    blend the garlic in water and give the duckling couple of drops with a syringe.

  • Reply iKingRPG August 12, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    7:30 yumm

  • Reply iKingRPG August 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I was about to say to invest in a hose but now I realize it will freeze.

  • Reply iKingRPG August 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Ducks are great and simple to raise besides their mess.

  • Reply MrSlaide August 12, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    149 people are idiots.

  • Reply Robert George August 13, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Have you tried incubation duck eggs? I heard they''re sold for $2 or $3 per egg. Easy $2k per income per month per 20 ducks or so

  • Reply Pumpkin Patch Exotics August 15, 2019 at 1:31 am

    This will be my first winter with ducks. In the past only had meat ducks in FFA growing up and in Fall went to freezer camp. So just got a haritige breed for eggs and breeding. I'm starting with an adult pair and a friend gave me a female Peking. I was told my haritige breed is cold hardy but is there precautions to take to prepare for winter? 3 adult ducks living in a parn with my rabbits and pigeons. 1 male 2 females. Just don't want to loose them our first winter. Sadly where I live you never know if you will have a cold bad winter or a spring feeling winter that has zero snow. Last winter was brutal all the way into late spring then tuns of flooding the scorching summer. Fall is really the only relaxing time here. Lol well other then it's show time for my animals and harvest time. I'm starting to get what I need for my rabbits and pigeons and would love to know what are good things to have for the ducks in winter even to have on hand? I'm really new to your page is there reccomened videos already made on your page that would be for me to watch? Thank you dear

  • Reply joseph mascot August 17, 2019 at 12:51 am

    he should get himself a water hose ,makes it easier to fetch water.

  • Reply Sammies mom Sammie August 18, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I am going to try the ducks this next spring. How much for 4-6 babies?

  • Reply Haunted 55 August 19, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Oh I am so glad I found you! Love, love duck-ducks! I kept ducks for 8 years and learned a few things, as you have as well. They love you to sing to them and I had a few crazy little ditties for them and will teach any new ones I get the same. Oh boy do I miss my ducks. The slug population has more than doubled without them and in the Spring I plan on getting more. A couple of tricks I found, for bumble, if you ever see it, just wash off the foot and paint with white iodine. Wait 2-3 days and do it again. You can look this up on BYC and see my journey with this. If you ever get into the duck disease again, there is a way to cure it and since I had Khaki Campbells as well, I do have the drug to body weight ratios. Good luck to you!

  • Reply Morgan Hull August 20, 2019 at 7:42 pm


  • Reply TrueBlueEG8 August 20, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Id say some class of raptor took that duck, those fuckers can swoop down and snatch a lamb, and leave no trace.

  • Reply Mr Penguin August 21, 2019 at 3:14 am

    The flies are the worst thing I've seen, the poop isn't that bad, but if winters aren't too cold you'll get a ton of flies.

  • Reply Kirsten Kennedy August 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    So…those barn kitty babies you have…they totes know where that ducky went lmao

  • Reply John Suscovich August 22, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    That's a nice chicken tractor you got there!

  • Reply Contented Spirit August 22, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    I LOVE this video! Y0ou always have great info and share it in a way that is entertaining as well as educational. I would love to have a duck farm (if I knew my daughter could eat the eggs – she's allergic to chicken and chicken eggs). Thanks so much for sharing your info. God bless

  • Reply kupesting music August 23, 2019 at 10:33 am

    i would love to but i am not sure if you do shipping to Kenya… thanks i love your documentaries

  • Reply Nancy Fahey August 25, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I was expecting my first kid, he was a week late, and my boss wouldn't let me come to work anymore. Our basement apartment in New York had frozen pipes so the owner comes down cuts a hole in the wall and pulls out a torch. The wall catches on fire the pipe melts and floods my apartment. Bending and on my knees all day soppy up the water with towels was a great work out. And just as I finished I yelled "whoa!" and went to the hospital to have an 8lb8oz over due kid. Good ol days.

  • Reply Joe Garcia August 25, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    I sure am glad you made this video. It helped me to get a better understanding of what to expect when I decide to buy some ducklings

  • Reply song of the free August 26, 2019 at 5:45 am

    This guy is just some fat slob, look for advice on sustainable dairy farming elsewhere.

  • Reply Eric Mapande August 28, 2019 at 11:14 am

    3:21 sounds like a disgusting salty icecream, yuck

  • Reply Francis Lambert August 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    To wholeNwon; This world could use some "mistakes" such as the one your uncle did. I for one can attest that I probably could do that on purpose. Peace 🙂

  • Reply DukDodgers2 September 1, 2019 at 12:16 am

    For the coup, recommend layering straw or woodchips into the bedding. When soiled, and before adding more layers, turn the bedding to aerate. Makes a good compostable mulch for the following spring.

  • Reply Chrissy B. September 1, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I'm not sure you are allowed to 'wash' the eggs. I was told once that you can only 'brush' off any dirt. Great video though !! Thanks

  • Reply Yasir Saeed September 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    No one:

    YouTube: hey. Let's start a duck farm

  • Reply sheri williams September 2, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    golden video! sweet, funny, full of respect and NE humor I got.

  • Reply DROFHAPPINESS September 6, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Loved it (from Ontario Canada.

  • Reply jay sintonus September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Just so you know there is a cure for your allergies – it requires a big sacrifice but in the end your overall health will improve. Look up Aajonus Vonderplanitz, he cured his own autism and cancer with a no carb and no fibre diet.

  • Reply Adam Strain September 9, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Eggs should be placed small end down

  • Reply Yuliya KAZANTSEVA September 9, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    wow coool video , thank you ))

  • Reply Tie'ths Rose September 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I'm new here, I love ducks easy to care of them and has big eggs compare to chicken.

  • Reply LudwigSC93 September 12, 2019 at 1:22 am

    11:46 I do the same thing. I say "go to bed ducks" and they head for their house.

  • Reply LeadUR Subconscious September 13, 2019 at 1:40 am


  • Reply cindykrista September 13, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    "Release the Quacken"! Love it!

  • Reply Flux Capacitor September 15, 2019 at 7:50 am

    @ GoldShawFarm… why are you wasting your time carrying buckets of water? Your whole operation can be automated with a little elbow grease. A few waterlines- and waste; electrical feed; solenoids; a mini-PLC, and you're in business. Set it and forget it.

  • Reply Beatrice Brown September 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    This is the cutest video about raising ducks.

  • Reply Kate Harris September 18, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    We have a flock of Muscovy ducks, 2 Khaki Campbells and 1 Indian Runner.

    I also discovered that I am duck egg intolerant after our ducks were cranking out the eggs. As a baker, I was really disappointed about not being able to utilize the duck eggs. We ended up getting 3 “rescue chickens” from someone who was relocating and couldn’t take their flock. The Muscovy eggs are much larger than the chicken eggs and one of our smaller ducks lays blue-ish eggs. Our chickens lay brown eggs so I immediately know which eggs are “safe” for me.

    Another great thing about having a couple of chickens in with our ducks is that they regularly turn over the deep bedding in the duck house and duck run, saving us lots of manual labor as well as helping to keep the flies down.

  • Reply owlspook dreaming September 20, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Ever think of having a goose live with the ducks? Scared away the predators!

  • Reply FJaypewpew September 20, 2019 at 8:32 am

    holy shit i have that exact same jumper
    i was like, hmm that looks kinda like mine then you stepped back and the logo bottom left showed
    right on its a comfy one
    im in aus so thats cool its that wide spread

  • Reply Bonnie barnekow September 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Love ducks , but l didn't know you could eat there eggs . I love duck. meat , but there so adorable l hate to do that !love your ducks !

  • Reply Emily Avanessian September 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    So, a quick point on duckling brooders and water: I've found that wood PELLETS, not chips, work wonderfully. When they get wet, the expand like sponges and, once they fill with enough water, the pellets pop. What's left behind is almost like dirt or sand. Once burst, they still had a good amount of absorption to do before it was time to change it.

    Since using pellets, we didn't have to change out the brooder bedding nearly as much and the ducklings loved it. Highly recommend.

  • Reply Grimfanden September 22, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    A friend started making fertilized earth from his duck farm, its not the biggest but the amount of fertilized earth sold is not bad. Mixed withe sawdust and imported pre proccesed compost and earth.

  • Reply Ibrahiym Ghany September 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    thinking of getting into the business, if not for $$ at least my own consumption. best of luck bro. ibrahiym from Trinidad

  • Reply Rex Holes September 23, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Did you know they are rapey?

  • Reply duckmanjoel September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I had a duck farm back in the 80s. In 1986 we had 40,000 breeder ducks and were processing about 4 million birds a year. My job was to collect and deliver the 20,000 something eggs to the hatchery. We exclusively used nipple waterers with very little problems. Ducks do not need swimming water.

  • Reply Chris Nicula September 24, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Maybe your neighbor ate the duck.

  • Reply John P September 25, 2019 at 11:49 am

    5:05 I always wondered about that… why can't domesticated ducks fly? Is it the bread? Lack of practice?

  • Reply rochrich September 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    A herding breed you might consider is the corgi. A little less energy and prey drive than the border collie

  • Reply Intuitively Chaotic September 26, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I've trained my chickens to come and go when calling HERE CHOOK CHOOK CHOOK

  • Reply Ben Paul September 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Indoor pool, problem solved

  • Reply Jessica Huskey September 28, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    I have ducks

  • Reply Fluffy Wolf September 29, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Ive got several ducks that have bonded with one of my geese and hes turned into theyre big brother and gaurd

  • Reply Lindsey September 30, 2019 at 3:27 am

    this is such wholesome content i love it

  • Reply GrenBoy J September 30, 2019 at 4:58 am

    I 100% want ducks.
    This just made that even more clear.

  • Reply Kumail Abbas October 1, 2019 at 12:31 am

    10:37 do u see that duck?

  • Reply n00dle_head415 kid October 1, 2019 at 4:32 am

    If you are getting a farm dog I recommend getting a kelpie

  • Reply Jhon Gauntt October 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm


  • Reply Genaro Castellon October 3, 2019 at 12:42 am

    What state are you in?

  • Reply Anthony Jennings October 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    what would be the goal ,like a hundred lauing ducks a day

  • Reply Reeble Snarfle October 5, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Cuties. "Duvk's are awesome!"
    Neat trick herding them. 3 houses around me grow chickens, roosters, ducks, and one has peacocks! Peacocks have a very strange scream… like someone is killing them. But they ARE beautimus birds. Great way to wake up with a cup of coffee. Peaceful, but noisey… lol.

  • Reply Cass Johnson October 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You have a Great sense of humor!
    Any other critters at your place?
    Besides that sneaky cat of yours. (Missing duckie)

  • Reply sdhbfhkds October 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    This man is living the harvest moon life. Sounds awesome 🙂

  • Reply Larry Mayola October 12, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    About 50 years ago, when I was a much younger man and lived on a large tide water bay; in the spring time of the year, I bought 10 baby ducks for pets. After they were grown, I stopped feeding them and they just lived off the land. Our house was about 50 feet from the water and they would just hang around the front yard or swim about maybe 50 yards off shore. They always stayed in a close group. When the fall time of the year came around, a hunter shot all of them with one shot, while I was yelling at him that they were pet ducks. I called the game warden and he said that they were wild ducks and gave them the  hunter.

  • Reply Margaret Galbraith October 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Ducks train themselves to come out in the morning, then at dusk they go in by them selves. lol

  • Reply anotherxredeemed October 14, 2019 at 2:02 am

    We had up to 30 ducks at one point, and we are going to raise them again at our next home. Great animals, but they really did a number in the backyard.

    I think you are using way too much water during the winter! Ducks only need enough water to wash down what they eat. Ducks live in all sorts of “gross” environments naturally – including swampy water. Making sure they have access to reasonably clean water twice a day after feedings is primarily what they need. A couple of heated buckets should be enough. And you might go through 5 gals/day.

  • Reply Evolution of a Homestead October 14, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Nice video, all that water hauling keeps you in shape for winter. Ice slick all winter. Do you always sell out of eggs?

  • Reply Donald Miller October 15, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Actually chickens will train to routine also . I have a mobile coop inside of my garage. I also have a large outside chicken run. I open the garage overhead door to go inside to put feed into the coop . So now , when the chickens hear the garage door opening , there is a mad rush to go inside and into the coop. The chickens are after the feed of course.
    As an experiment , I have closed the garage door but stayed inside of the garage. Without feed , after 10 – 15 minutes , all of the chickens are outside in the run again. When I open the overhead door again to leave the garage , in about two minutes , all of the chickens are back inside once again. At which time I made sure that there was some feed for them. I can put all of my chickens in the coop at any time by simply opening the garage door .

  • Reply Donald Miller October 15, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Morgan , if you have a flowing creek , you can make a ram pump to run water to the new pond to fill it. Then direct the pond overflow back to the creek again. A small ram pump does not pump a high volume of water but it pumps 24/7/52 and so will slowly fill your pond.

  • Reply peace and love October 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Why you cry out that much it is only one duck.

  • Reply Jennifer Miller October 16, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I'm interested in ducks for my farm next year. The water is a huge turn off. But to compare to no rooster. I think the unpleasant water bullshit that I won't enjoy, probably the only part of farming that I might not like. But compared to 5am seething because I work nights and that's about when I just got to sleep, and neighbors putting nails in your tires because they feel the same way about the crowing. I have to say. Dealing with ice, cold, and water will win every time. But please tell me that you found a way to get rid of the winter poop glacier. I live in Maine, so it's a serious consideration for me. Love the hardiness. Is at all dark meat? I have not heard about the flavor of the meat probably because I am just watching farming videos.

  • Reply Jennifer Miller October 16, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Since you seem to be the only channel talking about ducks that comes up on my feed, and I enjoy your videos, I would be happy to purchase my ducks or eggs from you when I'm ready. Probably pretty close to a year from now.

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  • Reply Nemanie October 16, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    "Release the quack heads!"
    That's what I'd say to make my ducks go outside 😂

  • Reply TGW October 16, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Thumbs up if you think you may have been to a keg party on this farm a long time ago.

  • Reply Marco Fontana October 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    How could you eat your ducks…they are your babies…noooooooooooo! Only harvest the eggs !

  • Reply tropa loca October 17, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Great video , Do you wash the eggs when you pick them Up?

  • Reply D Poulos October 17, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    You should get corgis !!!! They’re easily trained, not too big 🙄 and their happy personalities would match the ducks ! 🤗

  • Reply Dip Shit October 19, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Me, someone that has never shown an interest in farming, never mind livestock farming: Well, I should probably know this. Just in case

  • Reply Kellee Jean October 19, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    This was so informative & fun! I have a ‘flock’ on our MT 3 acres consists of 3 chickens, 3 ducks, & 2 huge grey geese. They all wander together & coop together at night & we enjoy our little ‘mixed family’ immensely. They are ‘pets’ & I appreciate the cold climate info. We are heading into our first winter w them. The chickens stay in the coop during the cold snaps but I fret about the cold affecting the waterfowls feet, should they have swimming water in winter etc. This vid really helped ease my mind about all that. Thanks & good luck w your farming venture! ☺️

  • Reply Zancrus October 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    "I can herd them" one duck just sits down the the grass as he chases he others…. 10:30 . I don't know why but it made me laugh.

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