Poultry

Why your ducks are turning white

There’s little question color plays a large role in selecting a breed of poultry to own. Ducks are no exception, and come in a wide array of beautiful colors. So, some people are taken by surprise when their duck grows new feathers for the year, horrified to find their lovely dark-feathered duck now has white spots. What happened?

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Why providing a roost is so important for Muscovy ducks

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of Muscovy ducks is the fact they roost, like chickens. Even clipped Muscovies will find a way to perch on the highest surface they can reach. Your Muscovies will greatly appreciate being provided with roosts to fulfill one of their strongest natural instincts.

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Should you keep your hens confined or free range?

The decision to keep chickens confined or allow them to roam free can be a difficult one. For some people, the choice is obvious–many cities do not allow chickens unless they are kept within small coops or chicken tractors. But for those who are allowed to let their chickens roam, they are often left wondering if they should.

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Holderread Waterfowl Farm 2015 Duck Order

Holderread Waterfowl Farm has a long-standing and well-deserved reputation as breeders of high quality ducks and geese. The farm is owned by Dave Holderread, a celebrity in the duck world due to his major contributions to duck breeding and exhibition. I was very excited to order 20 Runner ducklings and 10 Welsh Harlequin ducklings from the famous farm this May.

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Breed Profile: Muscovy Ducks

Muscovy ducks are a unique duck you should definitely consider adding to your homestead. They are entirely different from other domestic duck breeds, since Muscovies did not originate from Mallard ducks. Muscovies are also quite distinctive from other breeds.

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Breed Profile: Light Brahma

Light Brahma are my favorite breed of chicken. They are gentle giants, lay large eggs, and are gorgeous to look at. If you want a large breed of chicken that will look stunning in your barnyard, you can’t go wrong with Light Brahmas.

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10 Tips for Planning Orders of Baby Chicks

Stuck planning your next order of baby chicks? Don’t despair! The bleak, cold months of winter can be the perfect time to plan out your baby chick orders for the coming spring. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with the number of varieties of baby chicks available.

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Using sand in the brooder is worth it!

Brooders can become incredibly smelly in just a day or two under the wrong conditions. Using a thin layer of sand in the base of your brooder can eliminate odors and provide an easy way to clean up–like scooping out a cat’s litter box. This keeps your chickens healthier and is a breeze to maintain.

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Breed Profile: Fawn & White Runner Ducks

Fawn and White Runner ducks are one of the most commonly sold hatchery varieties of ducks. While they lack the upright body type of exhibition-style Runners, Fawn and White Runners are distinctive in appearance, with slightly concave, expressive heads, brilliant coloring, and wine bottle-shaped bodies.

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