Welcome to What Do You Know Wednesdays! As you know, we are still learning how to be farmers (we’ve actually known how to be charming for quite some time). We truly enjoy sharing our experiences (the good, the bad, and the hilarious) here with our Charming Readers. Our motto has become, That’s how you learn. We’ve learned by jumping right in and seeing what works, what fails, and what just makes for a great story. And since the point of Charming Farming is to build a community of women who farm – in big ways or small – we would like to hear from you too. What has worked for you? What hasn’t?
Each week (okay let’s just say semi-regularly) we will post a question or problem that we face with farming or one submitted by one of our Charming Readers. We are hoping to get input from other Charming Farmers so that we together we can grow healthier, happier farms and families.
This isn’t a linkup per se, although we hope you will post a link to your blog. But you don’t have to have a blog to contribute. Just share your insights in the comments (with a link to your blog if you have one). And do please share What Do You Know Wednesdays on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or anywhere else Charming Farmers are gathering.
This week we’d like to talk about ducks. We (LC and family) have four ducks – our rouen drake, Rowan, and our hens, Maddie, Benji, and Thomas. I have written before about how much I love having ducks and about problems I have had with Rowan being a duck bully. I have also posted numerous photos of my ducks on our Twitter and our Facebook page. The bottom line is that I’m the tiniest, itstiet, bitsiest bit over the top about my ducks. I think they are so much fun! Of course, our chickens are the mainstay of our farm. We got them first, and they provide us with most of our eggs. But if I had to choose between ducks and chickens….oh forget it! I could never choose. And fortunately I don’t have too. There is plenty of room in the barnyard for both. (and maybe some turkeys too – but that’s another post).
So, when spring finally rolls around, I plan to add a few more ducks to our mixed-up flock. Here are some questions I have about the hows and whys of choosing ducks….
- What is your favorite breed and why?
- Is there a breed most likely to go broody?
- Do you buy your ducks as chicks or do you hatch your own?
- If you do hatch your own, have you ever had a duck “imprint” on you? Does that even happen? (I think it would be so much fun)
- Do you supply a pool or water source for your ducks? Do you think this is a must or just a fun option for ducks?
- Do you prefer ducks or chickens? (It’s okay, we wont’ tell)
- Do you prefer duck eggs over chicken eggs? Why or Why not?
And finally, we’d just like to hear anything you have to share about ducks – photos, stories, tips, or questions of your own!