Tag Archives: Raising Ducks

Birds do it

At the age of eight, Francie the Duck (Ret.) began turning into a drake. For eight years she had unquestionably been a hen, brown-feathered, egg-laying, but then she went through the change and now, two years later, her head feathers … Continue reading

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The festival of bolted lettuce

Like an anatine eucharist, only without all the talking. Today in central North Carolina began the greatest of all celebrations known to duckdom: the Festival of Bolted Lettuce. For three days and three nights, the ducks feast upon lettuces of … Continue reading

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Barnyard revolution, part 2

Photo by Kathy I believe the duck revolution has been quashed. All day Friday, Eddy and Patsy squawked at each other. When we let them out in the yard Friday evening, Patsy tried to round up the flock and make … Continue reading

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Fomenting revolution in the barnyard

Eddy has always been in charge of the duck flock. She was the largest as a duckling, the first to get all of her adult feathers, the first to finish molting. She appears to be the smartest of the bunch … Continue reading

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A limerick for cleaning out duck houses

There once was a farmer from Durham Who had this to say to a worm: Though you may now be happy In your duck straw so crappy When the ducks come a-running, you’ll squirm!

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Ducks!

This month we took the big leap into livestock with six Khaki Campbell ducks. (Well—seven Khaki Campbell ducks. We got a bonus duckling from the hatchery. We ordered six females, and I’m sure we have six females, but even if … Continue reading

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