We received our first group of baby ducks from Murray McMurray Hatcheries May 15th, 2017. We got 6 Hens and 1 Drake...Khaki Campbells. Khaki Campbells are a good egg & meat duck. We also chose Khaki Campbells because they are a land duck, that isn't totally unhappy if it doesn't have a large pond or lake to swim in. We do not have a pond or lake. They are reported to be happy with a small pool of water. This group grew quickly and layed beautiful eggs! We sell our eggs at the local health food store, Health Trail Natural Foods. At first noboby wanted the duck eggs, but very soon, we couldn't keep them on the shelf! Duck eggs are wonderfully rich and delicious! We incubated and hatched our second group April 2017. Ducks are so different from Chickens, they are very messy! They are all about the water and splash it around constantly. Ducks are also very wary of people. We tried to socialize them, but they do not like to be handled. We have heard from other farmers that Ducks are just that way. They do love their wading pool....and quack with joy whenever we fill it for them! We fill it often!!! We will continue to keep a flock of ducks....around 20. They are a great addition to the farm. We feed our Ducks an Organic, non-GMO, Soy free quality feed from Sunrise Farms located in Stuarts Draft, VA sunrisefarm.net/the-sunrise-farms-difference/ as well as wheat grass fodder we raise hydroponically. Don't miss the interesting information below or the picture slideshow!
Posted below is also a breakdown of the nutritional differences between duck and chicken eggs. Did you know that Chicken Eggs are Acid and Duck Eggs are Alkaline? So if you are trying to get your body's PH level more Alkaline, you should eat Duck eggs. Very interesting! Now I understand why you can put Duck manure right on your plants without burning them, while Chicken manure is hot and will burn your plants if you don't compost it for months before applying.