Moose Manor Waterfowl
I know that I'm biased but I believe I have the most entertaining characters of the waterfowl world living in my barnyard. I do enjoy watching them run around acting silly, all the while honking, splashing, quacking, and hunting for bugs. I think it's hilarious that the ducks and geese are so much bigger than the chickens but still allow those bossy hens to bully them. I keep saying to my big ol' American geese "you outweigh that chicken by 15 pounds... don't let her push you around!" LOL!
I have a bit of variety in my waterfowl. I currently raise 27 splashy little goofballs; there are 6 different types, many of them are on the American Livestock Conservancy's priority endangered list. Some of the birds are raised specifically to produce meat and some only for eggs, a few for both.
Today I have:
I also have a few mixed breed ducks recently adopted to supply eggs while I'm breeding my purebred stock in the spring.
- French White Production Muscovy
- Welsh Harlequin
- Indian Runners
- Black Cayuga
- Khaki Campbells
- Holderread American Lavender-Ice Geese.
I attempt to have as much sustainability as possible by raising high quality breeding stock to produce more birds for my barnyard. We all have to start somewhere and once in a while new stock has to be introduced. I sometimes order my new ducks as hatching eggs to put in my incubator and sometimes as day-old unmedicated ducklings from a certified hatchery. My preferred hatchery for heritage breeds is Holderread Waterfowl Farm & Preservation Center. For my Muscovy I like the high quality birds sold at J.M. Hatchery.
From time to time I have ducklings for sale, twice a year I have duck meat for sale, and now I should always have a ready supply of duck eggs for sale.
The photos below are of the birds I currently have in my barnyard, they were all taken this in the last 12 months. I have new additions and will be adding photos of them soon.
"Henry" Holderread American Lavender-ice Goose "Henry" & "Rusty" watching over their duck flock
"Big Boy" Muscovy Drake (15+ lbs)
"Shadow" Holderread Black Cayuga drake
"Duck Dogers" Welsh Harlequin drake
"Duckman" Holderread Black Runner drake
"ReRun" Holderread Penciled Runner hen "Cindy Lou" & "Daisy Lou" Metzer Fawn & White hens
"Blush" my only Welsh Harlequin Hen
"Darkwing Duck" Holderread Black Cayuga hen
Muscovy Juvenile Hen Muscovy evening stroll
"Little Miss Faith" my sweet lone Khaki Campbell girl
"Spot" a cutie pie Ancona girl (lookit those feet!)
"Houdini Duck" Black Swedish is quite excitable but a reliable layer of very round bluish eggs