Originally Posted by Wisher1000
To them, 30 is old (I know better) and you will fit right in!
Are you kidding me? 30 is old. I feel it every morning when I get up and creak and crack. I know many of you won't agree - but about 10 years of doing heavy gymnastics when I was young took its toll on my joints. That straightjacket of mine doesn't help much, either.
As far as geese go, I probably won't ever do that again. If I do, you'd better believe I'm hatching them out or starting as really young birds. I got maybe 6 week old birds a year ago. It was not a good fit. They hated me, I hated them. They regurgitated their food at me like that velociraptor in Jurrasic Park in the car scene... I was very glad when they ran away from home. I promise you if they didn't have webbed feet they would have proudly displayed "the bird" as they scooted off down the driveway to better pastures.
Ducks... ducks don't love you the same way chickens do. My chickens follow me around and flock to the gate when I come home. They're excited to see me. The ducks? Not so much. However, the ducks are a good player for the farm here. They eat their weight in slugs and their poop water is fantastic for my plants. And they are DELICIOUS. And really cute in their pool splashing around. I only have 1 girl but she is a better layer than a leghorn hands down. She started laying May 15th and has only missed 1 day of laying since then (and the day before laid a double yolker, so...). It's insane. I keep urging her to take a few days off. She won't listen. The worst part about ducks is the muddy, messy water. I've minimized that by letting them free range all day. It's worse in winter though because up here everything just freezes. Their run was an ice cube last year and I was hauling hot water from inside then having to break up their ice with a hammer... If I lived in a place with a more mild winter it wouldn't be a big deal, but it's really like 5 months of that... In the summer I have a hard rubbermaid tub that is easy to flip, unlike a flimsy kiddie pool (although we have one of those, too).