Category Archives: Examples

Explanations of how I did things, whether in raising ducks or woodworking. I’m an amateur, and so I don’t intend them as instructions per se. But you are welcome to learn from my experience.


Backyard pasture for ducks

Raising poultry in the suburbs or in a rural backyard requires some unconventional thinking, both about your backyard and about sustainable livestock management. Our goal was to develop a system of rotational grazing that wouldn’t destroy our backyard. It’s been … Continue reading

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Duck house and run

New crib! The ducks moved into their new house in October 2003. When we first got our ducks, we put them under our second-story deck at night for safety. This was secure and comfortable for them, but not entirely convenient … Continue reading

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Portable grazing pen for ducks

Livin’ large. Think of it as a duck playpen. (They do.) I designed this grazing pen with several things in mind. It had to keep the ducks safe and content, it had to be portable, and it had to be … Continue reading

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Duck food and water

We started the ducks on Mazuri waterfowl starter formula, and then switched them to Mazuri waterfowl breeder formula. They did great on the Mazuri breeder for five years, and then we began having supply problems. In the spring of 2007 … Continue reading

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Duck brooder

The crib, also known as Kathy’s study. (More photos are available below.) We brooded the ducklings in Kathy’s study, in a baby pool about 4 feet across. At four days old they were jumping up and getting their heads above … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: The second year

Eddy, still the smartest and best-looking of the bunch. As spring and the close of our second year with ducks approaches, I should offer an update on our experiences. I apologize for its somewhat random nature, but that’s life with … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: 6–12 months

Eddy and Bubble keep an eye on suspicious humans. The ducks have been with us for a year. I have to say that our experimental backyard poultry operation has been a rousing success! We have wonderful eggs, enough to sell … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: 4–5 months

The maginificent seven. The ducks have been laying eggs for five weeks now. We found the first two on September 28, and found at least one egg every day after that. After a week we were averaging three a day; … Continue reading

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Duck movies!

I edited and posted these movies in 2002, when bandwith and processors weren’t what they are today, so the videos are all fairly small.

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Raising ducks: 3–4 months

The ducks have completed their second molt, so they have their full coat of adult feathers. The new feathers look just like the old ones, but there are more of them: the ducks have finished growing now.

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