Waterfowl Pictures

By FarmrGirl · Jan 11, 2012 ·
  1. FarmrGirl
    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:

    • French White Production Muscovy
    • Welsh Harlequin
    • Indian Runners
    • Black Cayuga
    • Khaki Campbells
    • Holderread American Lavender-Ice Geese.
    I also have a few mixed breed ducks recently adopted to supply eggs while I'm breeding my purebred stock in the spring.

    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.

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    "Henry" Holderread American Lavender-ice Goose "Henry" & "Rusty" watching over their duck flock

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    "Big Boy" Muscovy Drake (15+ lbs)

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    "Shadow" Holderread Black Cayuga drake

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    "Duck Dogers" Welsh Harlequin drake

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    "Duckman" Holderread Black Runner drake

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    "ReRun" Holderread Penciled Runner hen "Cindy Lou" & "Daisy Lou" Metzer Fawn & White hens

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    "Blush" my only Welsh Harlequin Hen

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    "Darkwing Duck" Holderread Black Cayuga hen

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    Muscovy Juvenile Hen Muscovy evening stroll

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    "Little Miss Faith" my sweet lone Khaki Campbell girl

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    "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

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