Our first foray into ducks didn’t quite end up how we envisioned, but that’s how farming goes sometimes. We ended up only having 1 female so we culled the males down to 1 also. When she grew to breeding age we were very excited and waited for her to begin laying eggs. Unfortunately, when she created a nest and began laying eggs, a predator found her. We found the nest with 1 egg in it, but our female duck was no where to be found. End of the duck experiment part 1. We ended up having to cull the last lonely male.
Ducks part 2. We purchased Pekin ducks this June. They are much more tame than the Rouen ducks were.. We currently have we believe 3 males and 10 females. We are hoping that this has a better turn out than the Rouens, and next spring we hope we will have ducklings and some duck eggs to sell.
Laying Hens- Golden Buff Comets
The Golden Comet is also known as Golden Buff, Gold Sex Link, Cinnamon Queen, and Red Star. They are a hybrid cross of various types. That includes the leghorn and Rhode Island red. Their coloring is typically reddish-brown. Sex links mean that their coloring denotes the sex, so when you order them you know that there will never be a mistake in the sex of the chick you are sent. It’s a hardy bird that does well in cold climates. This variety is famous for their prolific egg production which is why we purchased them. So although we do not have a wide variety of colors and plumage, what we are getting is about 18 eggs a day out of 24 birds. After all, if you’re going to pay the extra price to raise organic laying hens, what you really want are the eggs, not a bunch of pretty birds that only lay a couple of eggs a week.