All of our animals are fed the same feed and when it is bread time they all come around.
Others: we currently have a few White Pekin and Roeun ducks that we raise for meat and eggs. Pekins (These are the AFLAC ducks) are the most popular duck in the world and nearly all commercial ducks you buy in a super market are Pekin. They are very fast growing and efficiently convert feed to meat. They lack a little flavor when compared to some heritage breeds, but when fed a wide variety of feed and grown more slowly; they taste much better than the store bought duck.
Muscovy: All domestic ducks are believed to come from the wild Mallard except the Muscovy. So they are not just a different breed, but a different species. They lived in trees in the jungle and still do in the wild today. The natives of Latin America domesticated Muscovy duck. The Spanish found them and brought the ducks back to Europe. In fact, there is a lot discussion on how they got a name that seems to imply they are from Russia. The best answer seems to be that they were called “Musco Duck” meaning mosquito eating ducks. They love all bugs, mice and creepy crawlies. These are their favorite foods, but they also like grass, weeds, grains and just about anything else they can get. Muscovy ducks are very efficient forages and can find most of their own food during the summer. They are not a good egg layer, but lay very large eggs and are great foster mothers for other ducks, geese and even turkeys. Best of all, these ducks are very quiet. They are great for city folks that do not want to have a noisy chicken. The meat of Muscovy is very lean and it is my favorite of all the barn yard animals. They do not grow nearly as fast as other ducks or chickens, but more than make up for that in flavor.
Welsh Harlequins: According to ALBC, Welsh Harlequins are a critically endangered breed. That means there are less than 500 breeding birds and less than five breeders with 50 or more breeding birds. It is surprising that this duck would be rare at all. It is probably the best “All Purpose” fowl. These ducks are prolific layers that will top any chicken. We actually had one lay 31 eggs in a 30 day month. A good duck will lay over 300 eggs in a year. Welsh Harlequins are also a pretty good meat duck. They are not large, only 5 to 6 pounds, but dress very clean with their cream colored down. They are very calm and excellent foragers. Harlequins will readily go broody, which is rare for an egg laying breed. Then to top it off, they are absolutely beautiful, maintaining a similar appearance to their wild Mallard Ancestor.
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Buff Geese; American Buff: There are only two breeds of geese that are believed to have originated in the United States, and the Buff is one of them. These are considered medium class geese, but are larger than the other medium breeds. Our biggest reason for this breed is that they are such a quiet goose. They are the calmest of all the common domestic breeds. Buffs are also categorized as "critical" by the ALBC. So preserving this friendly breed is very important to us.
DUCKS: We raise ducks for eggs, meat and entertainment. Ducks are very hardy, neither heat nor cold seems to bother them, and they really love the rain and snow. Even our blustery West Texas winds do not seem to bother them. Ducks are also extremely good at finding their own grub, which cuts down on the feed bill. Although we have raised several different breeds of ducks, we specialize in three; first is the Welsh Harlequin, Muscovy and Ancona. We currently also have a few Pekin and Rouen ducks for meat and eggs.
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