My Homestead: Why We Are Discussing Ducks

We have been toying with the possibly of ducks joining our homestead- it’s always been a thing we briefly talk about, every year standing over the little quackers in the farm stores.

This year the discussion has been popping up more frequently with us leaning more and more towards yes.

Here are my reasons why

1. Have you seen ducklings?– No seriously-

That was literally one swipe down on a google search. So adorable.

2. Pest control in the garden– because of their super cute webbed feet, they don’t scratch up like chickens do.. and because they have a bill instead of a beak they don’t tear things up like chickens. So people use them for slug and snail control- bonus for us alpaca owners! Check out these cuties doing the farmers in Japan a solid by eating up their buggies…

3. A new type of food – duck eggs are considered superior for baking in a lot of cultures- duck meat and fat are also preferred in a lot of cultures. So three new foods to eat. (I know, I was just talking about how cute, but it is a Farm after all)

4. Friendly

one of the cutest things MrGillis and I have ever seen was a new duck being immediately accepted into a group of ducks. They literally swam to each other and after like two quacks acted like lifelong friends. This is just how ducks are. I’m going to get them to imprint on me and have little duckie best friends for life.

5. The Quacking

I am a straight up sucker for farm noises- if I need a calming moment, I go to the barn and listen to everyone talking to each other. I believe quacking would fit in quite well with out barnyard symphony.

6. The adults are pretty neat to look at too

In conclusion:

Yes- Give me all the ducks now!

But really, I think we’ll wait until next year. We already have a lot on our plate right now, and I think MrGillis might make me live with the animals if I give him another house to build this summer….

Anyone else thinking about ducks?

Do you have ducks already and want to chime in?

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “My Homestead: Why We Are Discussing Ducks

  1. I am so excited today. I am about, I hope, to adopt a Peking Drake called Huff. He is too amorous with the girls and even chickens so he needs a new home. Like you I really want a close friend too. My Tolouse are wonderful but too big now to hug easily but a big duck should be perfect.

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