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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

Cycling With an Ostrich

Imagine you’re cycling down the road, and an ostrich joins in and runs along side you, doing 50 mph with no sweat. That’s exactly what happened to these cyclists, who had gone down to South Africa for the Cape Argus Tour.

To stretch out their legs they went on pre-race ride to the Cape of Good Hope on a road by the oceanside, which was quiet and pretty deserted… except for one excited ostrich. What a lucky coincidence that they happened to be taking video of their ride!

Thank-you YouTube Channel Oleksiy Mishchenko  for this thrilling video!

 

Happy Flyday! ~^v^~

 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kotWv4MCxNI

https://www.youtube.com/user/oleksiy13


Hardcore Dancer Birds

Going to a dance club this weekend? Let these birds show you how to dance to the many styles of music you will hear!

 

Many thanks to YouTube Channel Danielle Louise, who was in the same boat I was in! Thank-you for uploading this awesome video to YouTube.

From her video page: “*Not created by me. Couldn’t find it on Youtube after seeing it on MixMag’s Facebook page, so uploaded it myself*”

 

TRACKS:
1. [Deep House] The Avener – Fade Out Lines
2. [Latin House] Phunkjump – Onda Buena (Felipe C. Remix)
3. [Dubstep] Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
4. [Drum & Bass] Levela & Dub Zero – Messy
5. [Trance] Alex Torn – Nocturna
6. [Industrial] The Prodigy – Firestarter
7. [Trap] Riot – Enigma
8. [Big Room House] Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
9. [Minimal Techno] FiveAm – Showtime (Original Mix)

 

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7nUFa0Iz4g

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsVenCqmAiWkkllQ3Lvf2GA

 

Spring Arriving on the Wings of Ducklings

How can I tell that Spring is coming? Baby Duckies! Ducklings are hatching and learning how to swim, forage, and follow their mothers around in those adorable little queues. I know they say that the Robin is the Herald of Spring, but I submit that ducklings are the far cuter option.

These ducklings were born only four days ago!
Thank-you YouTube Channel Budgieman117 for this fantastic footage.

 

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmyjV3pLHydaDh0aHGA6EAg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEVwyaZA0sQ

 

A Penguin Named Bowie

In honor of rock legend David Bowie’s 69th birthday and just two days before his death, the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio named its newly hatched penguin “Bowie.”

Bowie the Penguin was the first birth of 2016 at the zoo. They solicited names on Facebook with “Bowie” and “Elvis” the most popular suggestions since the day was lso Elvis Presley’s birthday. The penguin keepers chose the name Bowie because the zoo already had a king penguin named Elvis.

Bowie is one of the zoo’s 33 members of a species known as little, blue, or fairy penguins, which are the world’s smallest penguin species and live in Australia and New Zealand. The Cincinnati Zoo’s colony of little penguins is the largest in the United States.

Little penguins prefer milder temperatures so visitors are not likely to see Bowie and the rest of the colony until spring… but the Groundhog said Spring was coming soon so…

 

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

http://cincinnatizoo.org/

https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/?fref=ts

http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2016/01/11/cincinnati-ohio-cincinnati-zoo-names-baby-penguin-bowie.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-bowie-penguin-idUSKCN0UP1XZ20160111

 

Curious Baby Owls

I’m seeing a popular baby owl Vine video all over Facebook this week, so I decided to post the whole 4-minute unedited video. Thanks to Sebastien Barrio for the fantastic footage!

 

Watch as a family of three adorable owls curiously investigate a GoPro camera left running outside of their tree hole home. One of the baby owls even decides to peck the lens!

 

 

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

https://rumble.com/v2zc19-curious-baby-owls-investigate-camera.html