Curious about other farm fowl

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Seatrout00, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. Seatrout00

    Seatrout00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2012
    Melbourne Florida
    Are there any other birds, besides chickens, that produce eggs in quantity? I see a lot of farms have ducks, but I've never quite understood the benefit of ducks - are they raised for meat? In addition, my grandparents had peafowl but I never knew what benefits they gave either - peacocks are surely a horror - at least down here in Florida - they are a horrible invasive species that destroys everything - can't imagine anything good coming from anything with Pea in its name.
  2. 1cock2hens

    1cock2hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    well on the subject of ducks some lay really well// the khaki campbell lays 250-340 eggs per year on average according to the livestock conservancy website// I know some are used to weed gardens/ orchards same with geese

    I haven't ever had any other fowl besides guineas we got them specifically to control ticks/ I love them they eat snakes and all kinds of bugs and rodents
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  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    My muscovy ducks patrol the yard and eat a lot of ticks and bugs without destroying plants.
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  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Some ducks are wonderful layers. Some are good for meat. some are just garden patrol.

    Peafowl, allowed to run lose, are a horror, I agree.

    Quail are good layers, but you have to have the patience to crack a dozen eggs at a time [​IMG]

    Turkeys are more seasonal layers I believe. Same for geese.
  5. Seatrout00

    Seatrout00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2012
    Melbourne Florida
    I was always curious why folks got Muscovies! Thank you for sharing that.

    I've personally been chased by a few geese when I got too close to their nests in urban areas - I always figured these were someone's pet that ended up being released. MAN do they get angry! Seriously ... they'd do a better job protecting my house than any of my pit bulls ever did! (Of course, all my pits were useless lap dogs - never worked a day in their lives)
  6. nyrunner

    nyrunner Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2015
    I have muscovy ducks and they are a great dual purpose bird. I get great eggs from them and I get them often they also really don't need pools. The only thing with them is that they are also great flyers and will perch I'm trees or on top of barns.

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