Goodness gracious, great balls of fluff!
Khaki Campbell (a heritage breed) babies have arrived on the urban homestead. This batch will be our third go around raising Khaki Campbell ducks and we ordered more than we needed but we’ve split the order with two other people. Heck if we had more land we’d keep all of them. Can never had enough critters.
Khaki Campbell’s are an excellent duck breed for the urban homestead. Medium size, they are relatively quiet, good layers (they don’t go broody) and are consider land ducks so all the need is a shallow tray of water to be happy.
Was it eight or so years ago when we raised our first batch of KC’s? I can remember how scared and intimated we were wondering were we going to screw up somehow. Anxiously watching their every move, were they warm enough, etc, etc. The second batch came four years ago and our anticipation of screwing up was lessen and with this batch it’s like “ho-hum.” However, one still worries over the little girls but it’s not a big to do! Instead it’s more comfortable, been down this path before routine. Even our kitty seems bored…. I have to admit I did wake up 1/2 dozen times last night to check on the babies!
Check out these cute lil quackers. Everyone say “ahhhhhh”
Ok you can stop drooling over the keyboards now.
Out of the twelve that arrived yesterday, only four will join our expanding backyard barnyard menagerie. Five left with newbie urban homesteaders yesterday afternoon and three will leave us this morning to join another urban menagerie.
We’ll start bonding with the four right away – it’s really a good idea to handle them at an early age. And if it warms up (yep still wearing a sweater – can you believe that?) we’ll bring them out for a swim. Jordanne’s non conventional way of raising poultry is not something you read about in books but it works!
Now what to name them?
In between us peering over the brooder ooohing and ahhhing over these fluff balls, Jordanne’s mixing her natural duck supplement in the organic starter mash that contains brewers yeast and tonic herbs. You can now purchase it online – great for grown duckies and there’s also a mix for chickens too.
Make sure to support Jordanne and her new efforts. What “effort” is that you say?
Remember the other day when I said she was working on something and think now is a good time as any to make a HUGE announcement. Jordanne’s launched a new social network just for animals called Barnyards & Backyards. There’s still a bit of dust as the site is a work in progress; however, there’s no need to wait — come join this free community!
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