Archive for the ‘Ducks’ Category

This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

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Every winter we work hard to ensure the animals have access to water. With several animal pens, this can be a challenge. It can be frustrating to refill a water bowl with fresh water only to have it freeze in a matter of hours. Here are some tips we’ve learned along the way that may […]

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We are excited to be a part of Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour this year! We have participated in the past two spring farm tours, and we think this year’s fall farm tour will be just as fun. As always, we’ll conduct tours of the farm so visitors can learn more about local agriculture. There will […]

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It’s been so busy recently, I haven’t had the time to post about all the amazing things we’re doing! The posts will come, I promise. Still, I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some homestead things I love right now. Roll Out Nesting Boxes If I could go back in time, I would have […]

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With so many animals and only two farmers, we are constantly looking for ways to be more efficient with our farm tasks. Efficiencies in daily tasks such as feeding and watering pay huge dividends. A customer recently shared a poultry feeder design that we’ve implemented with great success! Here are a couple links (Link 1, […]

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While we have all these lofty reasons for having a homestead, at the end of the day what keeps us going is that we get to eat amazing food. We produce some pretty delicious stuff! This quiche is one of our favorites in the spring and summer as it’s quick and easy, which is exactly what […]

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For all the diversity in this world, some things are universal. Like how children rub their eyes when they’re tired. Or how the minute they see a flock of chickens, they’re chasing after the birds. We have ducks in the front, and the minute children step out of a vehicle they’re tearing after the ducks. On […]

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The ducklings we are selling in April are now sold out. If you still want ducklings, contact us to get on the waiting list. We had 40 rabbit kits weaned at the beginning of March, and all of those have now sold! We will have another 3 litters available in mid-April, plus 7 more at […]

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Today’s Weathering the Winter series post details our winter management for ducks. This winter we have a flock of 16 Khaki Campbell ducks, which we use for egg laying purposes. The ducks are one of our hardiest animals, and seem to do just fine in cold, snowy weather. There’s a reason humans take their feathers to insulate […]

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This spring we are once again offering Khaki Campbell ducklings for sale! The ducklings will be available for pickup April 21-24, and are $8 each. There’s a limited supply of ducklings, so reserve yours now. We love our Khaki Campbell ducks. They supply us with plenty of delicious eggs, and they’re a joy to watch […]

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Along with much of the East Coast, we just endured a record-breaking snowstorm. When you live on a homestead with livestock, weather is a big deal. The livestock need to be cared for every day, and that means getting to them, and making sure they can get around, no matter what the weather. As we […]

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If you live in the area, you know all about the rain we’ve had this week! While some people may be longing for the sun, our ducks have been living it up in the rain! They absolutely love running around when it is pouring down rain. They find little pools of water and splash around, […]

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We experimented with a hoop house designs for our ducks over this winter and spring. Checkout our latest iteration… Did you know that we’ll have fresh, never frozen, pekin duck available soon? Sign up for our mailing list to be first to hear about this new offering!

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This spring we had a lot of chicks and ducklings to help expand our flock and to share with others. Here is a brief video of the new ducklings in their brooder. P.S. Don’t forget, today is Farmers Market day! Stop by our booth and pick up a dozen delicious duck eggs!

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Oh my goodness do we have some fun stuff going on at the homestead! All kinds of livestock fun has been going on, read about it below! Chicks! So Many Chicks! And Ducklings Too… Over the past few weeks we have had so many chicks! We’ve had laying hen chicks, meat chicken chicks, meat duck […]

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Chickens and Ducks

Sometimes I feel like we have quite the barnyard going on. When we had the ducks living in with the chickens, it was one of those times. This video captures the energy of a bunch of fowl at feeding time. Enjoy watching the antics of the animals! We have since moved the ducks out to their […]

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Raising Ducks 101

Here’s a quick post addressing some of the questions I get most frequently when we sell ducklings. Most questions apply to anyone who’s considering raising ducks, with some specific to the scenario of buying ducklings from us. For more information, I’d recommend checking out all our duck blog posts. Housing Ducklings Ducklings should be housed […]

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It’s been another busy week on the homestead. This morning we’ve been busy preparing for the pekin ducks that will arrive next week! Look forward to some delicious, healthy pastured duck meat to be available around the beginning of May. Love for Whispering Willow Lip Balm I recently tested the Whispering Willow Lip Balm we […]

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It’s been another chilly week here on the farm! While it feels like spring may never come, I remind myself that this cold weather means less pests will survive winter and be around to cause trouble in spring and summer. More Goats! This past week we added two more goats to the homestead! First I picked […]

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Even though it’s winter, we’ve been very busy around the farm! Here’s a summary of just some of the activities from the past few weeks: New Dairy Goat! Hello, my name is Adrienne, and I have a livestock problem. If you’ve been with us for a while, you may have heard us say 2015 is […]

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Duckling Update

Remember those adorable little ducklings that arrived in the beginning of November? We kept the ducklings in a brooder for a few weeks as it was so cold outside, and they didn’t have any insulating feathers yet. Overall the brooder worked fine, but if you’re considering ducks, be aware that they smell! They love to […]

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Ducklings!

We have a new species on the farm: ducks! We have discussed ducks for a while, but we didn’t want to commit to more animals unless they added value. Since our eggs are selling like crazy, we realized we could use more egg layers. I’m happy with the number of chickens we have and didn’t really […]

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