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The Molt

The Molt

The ducks have officially started molting, the period of time in which they replace their feathers. There are feathers EVERYWHERE. It looks like a down comforter was ripped to bits out there. The ducks themselves are looking pretty haggard. What feathers they do have are misshapen and sticking out at odd angles. I’m looking forward to this being over. This also means that they have temporarily ceased laying… the protein and the energy that it takes to grow new feathers…

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Strange Conversations

Strange Conversations

We’ve had a lot of strange conversations since we started living here. So strange that it would be hard to explain to someone from the outside looking in. Conversations that I couldn’t have ever imagined having. So for your entertainment, here they are:   Rachel: What do you think the leash laws are for goats in town parks? Steve: Umm, there probably aren’t any.   Rachel: (spinning) You know, there are people who spin the fibers that they get from…

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Eating Crow – I Mean, Duck?

Eating Crow – I Mean, Duck?

I have to admit, the ducks have grown on me. So much so that now I feel compelled to write about the superiority of ducks over other barnyard fowl. I suppose most of it has to do with the fact that we now have Silver Appleyards rather than Cayugas. Silver Appleyards lay more, and they’re far quieter than the Cayugas were. They’re just as messy, but that’s forgivable considering the number of eggs they supply us with and that they’re…

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New Arrivals

New Arrivals

There have been several animal departures over the last few months. With the sale of all of our Cayuga ducks, Marianne’s death, Mowgli & Maxwell’s decision to take off, and the fact that three of our four wethered bucks already have homes, we had room for a few more additions! Steve already let you all know about Peony, but we have a few others that have joined us recently. First came Gabe’s ducklings. Gabe earned $50 for participating in a…

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