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Are Ducks the New Chicken?

The number of people and families that are homesteading is on the rise. Whether it’s due to wanting to know where their food comes from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or to go back to the basics, keeping farm animals is very popular these days- especially backyard chickens.

a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens#sthash.fbxwVOuH.dpuf
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage. – See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens#sthash.fbxwVOuH.dpuf
Whether it’s due to families wanting to know where their food is coming from, a desire to be more self-sufficient or merely wanting to experience the sense of satisfaction that comes with going back to the basics, it seems that backyard chickens have become all the rage.  – See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens#sthash.fbxwVOuH.dpuf

Chickens are relatively low maintenance, produce eggs pretty much daily and can be a source of meat- when the time arises- but recently there have been more and more accounts of how ducks are becoming the new chicken.

Source: http://www.avianaquamiser.com/archives/2014/01/

Ducks can be a perfect addition to your backyard flock if you like to garden, and love eggs. Duck eggs are even richer and contain more protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and pretty much more of every major mineral than chicken eggs. They are  perfect for baking, due to their high fat and low moisture content.

Source: http://huntsvilleeats.com/2014/10/farm-to-table-duck-egg-cream-puffs.html

Ducks spend a lot of time in the water. This makes them less susceptible to parasites than chickens, more cold-hardy- due to that extra layer of fat they have to stay buoyant in water- and more heat-hardy, since if they get too hot, they just go spend time in their favorite watering hole.

Source: http://www.animalintelligence.org/2006/08/04/duck-and-chicken-raise-family-together/

Ducks make wonderful pest control, as they will try their darnedest to eat every insect in your yard. While they’re aggressive to bugs, they aren’t aggressive to each other, and are very welcoming to new ducks into their flock. Chickens can be more aggressive to newcomers, as they have a stringent pecking order in place, especially if there is a rooster around.

Source: http://styleblueprint.com/sb-guide-landing/

Whether ducks or chickens strike your fancy more, both ducks and chickens are wonderful birds to have around. They’re fantastically entertaining to watch, make adorable babies, and lay delicious eggs. Chickens are generally the goto bird for the backyard, so I think it’s important to weigh all the feather friend options we have to us.

Source: http://www.animal-photos.org/keywords/chicken?skip=5

Someday I’ll have a farm, and I’ll have chickens and ducks, and maybe some quail too.

 

1. Ducks are generally healthier

Because they spend so much of their time in the water, ducks tend to be far less susceptible to mites and other external parasites than chickens.  Any parasites that might be tempted to latch on will drown.   Ducks also have hardier immune systems, tend to stay in better general health and are less likely to contract disease than chickens.

- See more at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens#sthash.fbxwVOuH.dpuf

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

http://www.shtfpreparedness.com/10-reasons-raising-ducks-might-better-chickens/

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens

 http://www.avianaquamiser.com/archives/2014/01/

http://www.animalintelligence.org/2006/08/04/duck-and-chicken-raise-family-together/

http://www.animal-photos.org/keywords/chicken?skip=5

 

http://www.hgtvgardens.com/ducks-and-geese/raising-ducks-or-chickens

Rescued Baby Otter Loves Her Stuffed Animals

A river otter pup was found alone and crying by the side of the road earlier this week in Tampa, Florida. She is now being looked after by Kris Porter, a licensed and experienced rehabilitator with Owl’s Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife.

Kris told The Dodo that the five-week-old otter, who hasn’t been named (yet?), is unusually affectionate for a river otter. Usually, Kris explains, “they’d be tearing my hand up,” but this little otter loves belly rubs and cuddles with her otter stuffed animals.

She also, apparently, likes to leave the stuffies in her water bowl. Other reports have concluded that she is trying to “drown” the stuffies, but I would like to submit the hypothesis that she is simply trying to teach them to swim.

The sanctuary has to keep back up toys on hand, in either case, since they keep getting so wet, which is, so cute. ^_^

Porter said tha tno matter how attached she’s gotten, her greatest satisfaction comes when they are well enough to return to the wild, and that’s what she hopes for this otter too. However if she is just simply too nice for the wildthen she won’t be released back there, because liking humans that much would make living without them too dangerous.

In that case, she’ll be donated to an aquarium or wildlife center, and become a species ambassador. Then, she’ll finally get a name.

Happy Ottersday :#)

 

https://www.thedodo.com/otter-stuffed-animals-rescue-1624794661.html

http://metro.co.uk/2016/02/26/rescued-baby-otter-loves-her-cuddly-otter-look-a-like-teddies-but-keeps-drowning-them-5718792/

http://owlsnestsanctuaryforwildlife.com/