Both of my boys have started little businesses this year. Andrew got lambs in March and now Travis has taken on ducks.
These are Khaki Campbell Ducks. Right now he has them in a feathernet and is using the pen we built for the sheep to lock them up at night. (The sheep are now in netting as well) It also helps to lock them in there while he is moving the net. We had one get away the other day and ended up chasing it around.
I’m sure we looked hilarious, Travis and I running back and forth, tromping through lots of water with rain streaming down our faces. 🙂 But we caught her!
Of course the day that we brought them home, we had a flood. I wish I could have gotten pictures of this. You would not believe the amount of water we had running through the farm. Folks were stranded here on this side of the river, and others were stranded on road side of the river. The entire front pasture (which we call the Meadow) was covered in water. It never came up over the bridge, but the river took a lot more than its normal area to flow.
It was GREAT DUCK WEATHER!
Travis got the ducks from Uncle Jordan and Aunt Laura. They were gracious enough to let him buy them as young ready-to-lay ducks rather than having to brood them. We didn’t have extra brooder space this year to start from scratch – the chickens needed every bit. Maybe by next year, if all goes well, we’ll have our ducks in a row to start them as hatchlings. (pun intended) 😀
It’s a learning process. Many years ago, Daniel’s cousins raised ducks, but we’ve never done it before. We’ll see how it goes. He started out with 16 and got his first egg this morning.
He’s eating it for breakfast as we speak. 🙂
So, the next time, you come to the farm, watch for Travis’ duck eggs!