Here on our little farm we have our first three farm animals: Indian Runner ducklings.
The ducklings came home on October 30 at 1 day old, and have grown a ton already!
We picked ducks to start with over chickens as they are quite quiet (we are in a suburb with neighbors nearby), and they are excellent at foraging, which will make them a great add to our organic methods of gardening. They will spend their days out picking bugs off of our plants and splashing around in a small pond that we made them!
Ducks also lay excellent eggs. They lay about as many as chickens, and the eggs are larger and notoriously good for baking.
We picked Indian Runner Ducks because I wanted an heirloom breed known for high egg production and good foraging ability. As a side bonus, runner ducks have a really fun very upright posture, and they’re very fast moving!
Since they’re just babies, they’re set up inside our kitchen in a brooder right now. We are working on their coop and run, which we should have completely ready by the end of January.
Meghan Buckley is the co-founder of Stargazer Hollow, and is the business end of the farm.
Meghan handles the website and marketing, accounting, farmers markets, conference planning, and all the other little admin overhead that a farm needs.
She also loves getting her hands dirty, and helps with duck care, vegetable harvesting, and lots of cooking and canning!