Hey folks, Basically a new member.
Eric - Double Dog Farm, Like to join in if I may.
I've raised several different breeds of mostly egg laying ducks. Khaki Campbell, White Layer, Golden 300 and Muscovies. Currently I have 26 Ancona ducks. I was influenced by Carroll Deppe's book Resilient Gardener. They will be 13 weeks old tomorrow. I must say of all the breeds, I have raised, the Ancona is the most handsome. Here are some pictures.
The Ancona are not finicky eaters. Here are some of the things I have tried on them.
, After reading that their leaves have about 24% protein, I pruned off a couple branches and threw them in the pond. They didn't go for it right away, but by the end of that day, the branches were stripped.
, Two berms in my orchard have comfrey on them. They are roughly 5ft wide and 20ft long. The ducks chewed the plants to the soil line. I have low fences around the berms now.
, peaches, plums, tomatoes, asian pears, gooseberries, currants, marionberries.
, Boiled potato and squash, lettuce and most leafy greens.
They are also very good at bug and slug control. It's amazing they can swallow a huge Pacific Banana slug.
Anyone have a Pellet mill? My brother and I are thinking about buying a PTO driven model. They are about a $1000. This mill produces about 400 to 600 pounds of feed pellet per hour. It also could be used for fertilizer and wood stove pellet production.
Good to be here.