Our House Duck

| 4/28/2015 10:37:00 AM

Amy ConleyMy duck adventure began a couple years ago when we decided it would be nice to have some ducks for our pond. They could keep it clean for us. We saw they had Rouen ducks for sale at the local farm store so we thought that would be a good breed for us. A heavy weight duck that we could butcher if we so desired. As they got bigger, we would lock them in the barn at night and then let them out during the day. One day they took flight and flew out over the cornfield, and I was standing there in shock thinking they weren’t going to come back. I thought that heavyweight ducks didn’t fly? They don’t! These ducks were Mallards. They came back and it took them all summer to discover the pond. In the fall, they all flew away except for one. We called him Ducky Momo.


Ducky Momo would fly up to our big pond and made friends with all the wild ducks. I always knew which one was him because the dog would jump in and they would all fly away except for one. Unfortunately one day he flew away too. We were hoping maybe he would come back in the spring but I don’t think he ever did.

We learned our lesson and last year we ordered 10 domesticated ducks that didn’t fly. They are so cute waddling around the yard and swimming on the pond. Right now, they like to make our backyard look like a giant mud puddle. We are getting about a half dozen duck eggs each day. Did you know that duck eggs are great for baking? They make my muffins so fluffy. This year we decided to incubate some eggs to hatch our own ducklings. My husband put a couple dozen eggs in the incubator. He was watching and candling them and weeded it down to about a dozen that looked like they might hatch.

duckling  duckling

duckling ducks at the pond

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