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.


Nighttime duck pen

Adapting available space. It ain’t gorgeous, but it’s secure. For their first year and a half, the ducks spent their nights under our deck, which is nearly a full story off the ground and was already enclosed with chain link … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: Weeks 7–10

First flight: Polly makes a break for it. Toby is concerned. The ducks look like adults now. Their feathers are all in, and their wings, especially, have grown—as you can see in the photo. Most evenings before we herd them … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: Weeks 4–6

Yes, I am one hot little duck. The ducks are now six weeks old and have been living outside for two and a half weeks. One morning in their fourth week, when I went in to the brooder to take … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: Weeks 2–3

Attack of the killer ducklings! (At least if you’re a mosquito.) The ducks have been here three weeks today. They are now living outside in their grazing pen during the day and coming inside at night to stay warm and … Continue reading

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Raising ducks: The first week

Free range ducks! Ducklings are amazing. I could sit and watch them putter and dabble for hours, which is good, because we don’t have cable anymore.

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Raising ducks: Day one

Cheep! The ducklings arrive via U.S. Mail from Clearview Hatchery in Gratz, Pennsylvania. Most hatcheries have larger minimum orders, but Clearview would send us as few as six, which is what we wanted. Well, ok: they only charged us for … Continue reading

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