My wife and I got our first batch of fine feathered friends a couple of months ago. We have 2 grey geese, 6 muscovy ducks and 3 chickens. We started with more but suffered a loss in each "department" along the way. Everything from sickness in a chicken to a gosling that we found unharmed but not very much alive... Our Golden Retreiver showed her lineage and proved that slow ducks don't fare very well. And lastly, one of our poor chickens found out how efficient hawks are. We've learned the hard way and I think we've gotten past the worst of it and now provide a safe habitat for our new flock. Living on the fringe of a city and 2+ acres that are heavily wooded, our first attraction was a natural means to pest control. And boy do we now have pest control!! Just last week the wife and I stood frozen in our shoes as we watched a young duck discover, give chase, make contact and then consume a small garden snake like it was absolutely nothing. I used to really dislike the huge ground spiders we have, but now I pity them. Amazing!
Anyhow, I'm looking forward to learning all that I can from all of you willing to share and likewise pass along everything we've learned and will continue to learn along the way.
Thanks and warmest regards,
Troy & Tina