At Bent Pine Farm the ducks have their own personal pool right under the Little Girl Fountain . The boys have curly tails. The gals will be your pals. The boys are taller, (the gals are smaller). Ducks love to free range and look for bugs and water. And remember …ducks don’t climb stairs:
Ducks eat a lot! Because of their large bone structure, they need high protein feed (18-21%). They like lots of water with their meals.
They are happiest free ranging. They stick together in groups and are very social. They will stay under bushes or in the middle of a pond at night to avoid predators.
We had no sooner gotten the new Tilapia pool set up and saved 300+ fish, when the next fiasco began. After the large fish pool was all set, we set up the smaller pool to start growing duck weed again. Duck weed is very high in protein and easy to grow. It’s a treat for both fish and ducks.
Set the small pool up, filled it with water, and put in the duck weed. Voila. Everything looked great. Next morning the pool was completely empty and the pool bottom covered with duck weed and dirt! There were dirty paw marks all over the edge of the big pool all around, several dead fish floating, and the feeder pool right next to the big pool was completely empty of a couple hundred fry! Gone!
We soon found a tear in the side of the small pool, looked like a sharp claw had poked through. Raccoon, we thought. Out come the traps, set with bait, and now to wait overnight. Next morning, the bait is gone, and the traps not sprung! And the duck weed is gone!
Obviously, raccoons, or whatever the predator, have mastered the science of traps. And as for the duck weed, one look at the dirt green beaks of those ducks tells the story! Wonder if the raccoon and the ducks were in it together.
We’re giving away our RED STAR PULLETS, INDIAN RED JUNGLE FOWL, and, PEKIN DUCKLINGS for FREE with a donation to our non-profit: Fairhaven Learning Project. Come and visit the farm, take a tour, watch a demo, take a class, or just say hi!
Please note the RED STARS are pullets (hens that have not begun to lay yet). The JUNGLE FOWL and the DUCKLINGS are straight run.
RED STAR PULLETS are great laying hens. They start laying at 4 months and lay all year round. Large Brown eggs. We have pullets of all ages, newly hatched to 3 months.
Indian Red JUNGLE FOWL chicks – They are smallish-size but larger than bantams. Very good layers with creamy-colored eggs, excellent free rangers. Roosters are very showy with large iridescent black/green tails and rusty orange body feathers. Chicks resemble chipmunks.