Originally Posted by pigtail21
Well our blue swedish is really loud!!! She was raised as an only duck then lived with Call Ducks and we thought she learned her noisy mouth from them but I think it is Swedish!! But I only have one so not sure!
Hope to see you at the swap! :)
I'll have to get a few more opinions before I commit to one. We live in the old Southwest, where I have a big yard but very close neighbors. This is our first experience with ducks ever, though, so we're still going to see how it goes. Both cayugas and harlequins are supposed to be fairly calm and quiet.
Well, I had a huge talk with the kiddos today. Getting them to help out has been like pulling teeth lately. I told them, I realize I've taken on a lot of extra projects that take a lot of extra work. I know they would rather play. Paid employment and schoolwork are mandatory, but gardens and chickens are optional things that we do to make life better. And I asked them if they felt it was too much work, if I needed to drop some of my endeavors to produce things ourselves. It would mean spending more money on food, and less on fun. The chickens are my babies, and I'll do the work myself if I need to, but that means they can't eat or sell the eggs. They said they'd try harder to pitch in, because they enjoyed the benefits and realized the importance.
Last year, we had a problem with Sahara's refusal to work in the garden when asked. So we told her that she couldn't eat out of the garden until she helped with it. And since I cooked with garden produce every day, that meant she had to cook her own food. Luckily, I taught her how to cook a few years ago. She held strong for two weeks, complaining about it, until she finally gave in and started helping again. She admitted that the benefits were worth the work, and she wasn't going to coast on the benefits without offering help.