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Muscovies are not related to any other duck, in fact, some believe they are possibly descended from geese rather than ducks. They are amazing additions to any homestead or farm.
Muscovies are a silent duck (Yes, you read that, they.do.not.quack) and they have amazing caruncles on their face and necks. They also have long claws and will roost in trees if they want, unlike other ducks that I have raised over the years.
Ducks eggs are the richest, creamiest, smoothest eggs going. We use duck eggs in our baking and it tends to make cakes rise more and be fluffier. Muscovies, however, are not year-round layers, so if you are looking for year-round duck eggs, this is not necessarily the breed for you.
Muscovy Ducks Used for Meat
Muscovy meat is dark and very lean. It’s worth knowing that the boys weigh in much heavier than the girls and can be up to twice their weights.
In the summer months our birds will require very little extra food as they forage plenty even on our little homestead in Northern Arizona, but in the colder months they’ll need feeding a duck or chicken feed daily. My do like to forrage through the Kune Pigs’ Alfalfa feeder in the winter time as well.
He is a 1-1/2 year old, proven and registered purebred moonspotted Nubian Buck. He is from a closed clean herd and has given us many, many beautiful babies last season and will again this season. (several of our girls have been bred with him this season already).
He does throw spotted babies and we are keeping both a male and a female off of him for our own herd.
We raise Nubian goats, kunekune pigs, yorkshire meat pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, heritage breed turkeys, coturnix quail and rabbits. Visit our homepage at www.krisandlarry.com.
We have been blessed with beautiful weather this February. It is not always the case and the rest of the country seems to be hit HARD with cold weather and snow. We are taking full advantage of this warmer weather. We have been working on a “plethora” of projects as supplies arrive.
#1 Goat Playground – The initial tires have gone in, but we have more to go. Elwyn has also built one platform for the goats to climb on. We have the base and a few extra tires stacked on top to make a pyramid.
#2 Our Goat Pallet Barn – We picked up some pallets off of Craigslist for REALLY CHEAP! And are off to the hardware store later to get corrugated steel for the roof. We screwed in all of the base pallets for the frame. – One side for the female goats and one for the males. Once we pick up the roofing, we will make a peak in the center and then add that roofing on. Then, we will be adding plyboard on the inside and a hinged door. We have cattle panels to make a separate pen for the our billy so that he won’t be with the girls.
#3 Aquaponics Greenhouse and System – Aquaponics is growing fish and veggies in a single unit. The fish eat and poo in the water. That water is pumped into grow beds that is providing lettuce and other plants. Those plants filter the water clean, using the poo as fertilizer. The water then goes back into the fist tank, clean for the fish. Griffen dug out the 16×8 ft location to make it even (on a slight slope) added 6 railroad ties, 4 cattle panels forming a bow and zip tied them together. Later we are drilling in 2x4s over the base of the cattle panels into the railroad ties to make the base stable. We have ordered the plastic cover. Next, we get to work on the system itself. (He has already picked up an IBC tank and 2 blue barrels. He also has some of the PVC pipes that he will need along with his pump. Watch for a future video for Griffen’s aquaponics system. (We will post is here and on our facebook page as well. – www.fb.com/krisandlarry
#4 Newest Baby Goat. – Mor Dubh is 2-1/2 weeks old and is LOVING the kids, especially the ones who bring his bottle to him. He is going to be our herd sire for the future and is ADORABLE. We bought him from www.westcreekfarmstead.com.
#6 Hatching more chicks and baby quail. – We have our own eggs from chicks… and have quail eggs arriving later today to put in our incubator… We are hoping to get this going too.
#7 Our new bunnies – We picked up 3 new bunnies last week also from West Creek Farmstead – Here is their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WestCreekFarmstead The kids named them Angus, Elinor and Merida. We are hoping to get an additional female as well. They will be ready to breed in about 6 weeks or so. These 3 are our pets… but their babies will be “food”.
We still need to get building a larger chicken coop. We have moved 5 hens and a roo over to the goat yard, but have about 30 more to get moved still… We need a bigger coop for them over here (rather than on the other side of my parents’ barn in that coop.
Our goal is to be self-sufficient from May – September this year… I do NOT want to go to the store at all.