Deciphering Duck Terminology for Homesteaders

a duck enjoying some blueberries

No matter what you do in life, if you want to get good at it you’ve got to pick up a new vocabulary. Call it lingo, shop talk, vernacular, whatever. Sometimes it’s complex enough to border on a different language! Surprisingly, or maybe not, it’s the same with ducks. If you’ve ever listened to two … Read more

So, Exactly When Do Ducklings Start to Quack?

blue Muscovy duckling

Understanding various developmental benchmarks is also crucial for timing when your ducks can go outside and for how long. Speaking of benchmarks, ducklings don’t cheep and peep for very long, either. When exactly do ducklings start to quack? Ducklings will start to quack anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks old. Various breeds develop at different … Read more

10 Domestic Duck Breeds for Your Farm

two Pekin ducks drinking water

Ducks are always in chickens’ shadows when it comes to poultry. Though they’ve been domesticated for ages, the greater productivity of chickens in terms of meat and eggs saw ducks relegated to the specialty market for a long time. That status is slowly changing today since folks are coming to appreciate the richness of duck … Read more

How to Easily Sex Pekin Ducks

Pekin ducks foraging

If you want to raise ducks, keeping the right ratio of males to females is crucially important both for the well-being of your flock and your own sanity. If you want lots of eggs, you’ll need plenty of females, but getting a good return of meat is best done with a flock that has more … Read more

How to Care for Baby Ducks on the Homestead

Ancona ducklings in brooder

I don’t know about you, but I can honestly say there’s nothing cuter than an adorable baby duck. That’s reason enough to get them if you ask me! But ducklings will eventually grow up into adult ducks, and if they’re going to get there, they need lots of help from you… Ducks are notable for … Read more

Question: Can Pekin Ducks Fly?

Pekin duck in pond

The one question I hear over and over again from prospective duck keepers is how they can keep their birds from flying away. It makes sense, of course: we watch ducks fly all over the place out in nature. But it’s different for domestic ducks, as most of them cannot fly. Most, but not all! … Read more