Because our legal battle has taken two years to make it through the court system, our plans were put on hold all that time. We were told we needed a business license to sell birds or eggs but that was also a lie. We did sell some of our hatches at times but we limited sales to the frequency that would be consistent with yard sales or selling household items on Craigslist. We also made sure to keep any birds we wanted grandfathered in because Covington repealed the code entirely ansd the code enforcement officer rewrote the code with a limit of 5 chickens or ducks and no roosters - tnere was nothing outlawing roosters in the original code which mirrored the King County code except to omit the line about 1 square foot per chicken.
As a result of our battle with the city, we kept far more chicks and ducklings than we ever wanted to keep and now that we have grown out our hatches to see how they look for breeding, we have some serious flock reduction to do before we are drowning in eggs. We have built a cabinet incubator from an oak cabinet so we can try hatching more duck eggs this year but we have excess breeding pairs to sell that will still leave us with our largest flock yet. I believe we need 30 birds to get NPIP certified and 50 ducks to get on the breeder list but we have more than we need to proceed with those goals. My daughter did earn her Girl Scout Silver Award with her service project that we have continued as a non-profit hobby but she was not able to see her goals completed yet.
If there is anyone considering getting ducks and wants the best foraging and laying bantam ducks, we have breeding pairs of Australian Spotted ducks available in all three colors - greenhead, bluehead, and silverhead. We ended up with Silkies to use as incubators before we realized how easy it is to hatch duck eggs in Little Giant incubators so we are raising BBS bearded Silkies for the fun of it and we have a few nice roosters tnat need homes or they will go to the auction. We also have BBS English Orpingtons since we fell in love with the breed when we hatched them to help buy feed year round since they lay non-stop and we hatch them year round to pay for feed. We need to clear out some roosters before we can start selling pullets but we have already decided to sell most of the hatches we kept because we don't need very many when the ducks are really what we love the most. They were worth fighting for but it sure used up alot of resources to fight city government and the judge hired by the city and paid for with our tax money.
I know alot of you have not realized the many benefits of having backyard ducks with your backyard chickens but if you are considering getting ducks I can help you out!