Farm Stories. Chapter 17. Ducks

  • We have about fifty ducks on our farm; both adult ducks and ducklings.
  • We have had ducks since summer 2017!
  • In general, ducks live between 5 and 10 years. How old are our ducks? On our farm we have a few generations of ducks. The oldest ducks we have now were 1 year old when we received them in summer 2017. (This is a good opportunity to practice your math skills 😉 )
  • Every summer, we hatch duck eggs. These ducks become part of our larger group of ducks. Did you know that a group of ducks can be called a raft, team, or paddling?
  • Ducks are omnivorous, like chickens and humans. During the summer, ducks eat water worms, slugs, snails, frogs, and some grains. During the winter, their main food is a mixture of grains, the same grains we feed to the chickens.
  • Ducks form two flocks: the parents flock and the children flock. Each flock lives in their own big coop. The flocks don’t mix simply because they like to stay with other ducks they know. Ducks are shy.
  • Ducks lay eggs from February until June, and then they stop until the next year.
  • Ducks are cold-hardy and like swimming, even during cold days ❄️.

Swimming in the very cold pond during winter. Brrrrrr

Swimming in the very cold pond during winter. Brrrrrr

  • We have four main breeds of ducks and many mixes: Cayuga (black), Pekin (white), Khaki Campbell (greyish-brownish), and Muscovy (white with red around the eyes).

Black Cayuga duck and a mixed duck

Black Cayuga duck and a mixed duck

White Pekin duck

White Pekin duck

Greyish-Brownish Khaki Campbell duck

Greyish-Brownish Khaki Campbell duck

Muscovy

Muscovy

  • Ducks can learn new things! For example, how to climb stairs and how to recognize their coop.

Ducks going to their coop. In a straight line, one after the other.

Ducks going to their coop. In a straight line, one after the other.

  • How to tell a male duck (drake) from a female duck? By their tail. A few feathers of the male duck’s tail are curled up.
  • So far only one of our ducks has a name – the female duck Princess. We call her Princess because she has a little crown. Maybe she’ll become Queen one day?