Sara raised many varieties of poultry as a child and has always enjoyed having ducks. They are entertaining, hardy, and always seem to have a joyful outlook on the world - celebrating the loudest in the seemingly worst of the rainy and cold weather. In the fall of 2019, Madison showed a strong interest in raising waterfowl, and she started her flock with both Cayuga and Muscovy ducks.
The addition of ducks to our farm helps with insect control and naturally reduces the number of bugs on our farm. In addition to the larvae of flying insect, ducks love slugs and snails, which happen to be a host for a parasite called meningeal worm, or p. tenuis. This parasite can cause severe neurological damage to small ruminants, which is of particular concern for our llamas, sheep, and goats.
Madison with her waterfowl
We love our Cayuga ducks for their iridescent beetle green sheen, their hardy nature, and their calm temperament. They do well in our New England winters and are excellent foragers.
They are one of the largest in the medium weight class, with drakes averaging 8 pounds, making them an excellent meat duck. They are also good layers of dark shelled eggs.
Cayugas are listed on Livestock Conservancy's watch list as a heritage variety of poultry that is at risk of exctinction. They were once a very popular meat duck, but have been largely replaced by the all white Pekin ducks who are more suited to commercial production.
We were fortunate to have opportunity to get started with top quality birds from Duck Hollow Farm & Milliman Waterfowl in Branchport, New York. Madison looks forward to exhibiting her Cayuga ducks in APA poultry shows in the future and working to preserve and improve the breed.
We occasionally have exhibition quality stock available, especially in the fall. We also offer a limited number of straight run (not sexed) ducklings in the spring.
Our Black Copper Marans chickens are beautiful birds with feathered legs and striking black and copper coloring. Our hens lay beautiful dark brown eggs and we have found them to be very hardy. Our flock of layers does a great job aerating and fertilizing the soil, as well as eating all sorts of grubs, slugs, and insects. The result is healthier birds, healthier soil, fewer pests, and delicious eggs, loaded with omega-3, vitamin E and beta carotene.
We offer a limited number of hatching eggs from our free range Black Copper Marans flock. We guarantee the fertility of our eggs, but cannot guarantee hatchability due to the variables of home incubation and the sensitive nature of developing chick embryos. We select our birds to improve egg color and adherence to the standard, but do not guarantee our chicks will lay a specific color egg or meet APA Standard of Perfection.
We often have day old as well as started chicks available for those who would like to add to their flock. Our Marans chicks are started on feed and water when we let them go to their new homes and are lively and healthy. We cannot guarantee day old chicks will lay a specific color egg or meet the standard for the breed once they mature. We do not vent sex our chicks, so all chicks are sold as straight run as they hatch.
Muscovy ducks are the only domestic duck not descended from mallards, and are actually closer related to geese. They were domesticated centuries ago by different indigenous peoples in Central and South America. They are quite adaptable and thrive in cooler climates as well. Muscovy ducks feature a mask of red skin around the base of their bill and around their eyes, which gives them a very unique appearance. They also hiss and bob their heads to communicate with each other, instead of quacking like regular ducks.
Muscovy hens are attentive and protective mothers, hatching multiple large broods of ducklings every year, if allowed to do so. Muscovies are heavy, fast growing meat ducks who are excellent foragers and can fly very well, often choosing to roost on rooftops and in trees, if given the opportunity.
Muscovy drakes get very large and can reach up to 18 pounds, while hens are a bit smaller at 9-11 pounds. The taste of Muscovy meat has been compared to roast beef, while being leaner than the meat from a typical mallard-descended duck. They are sometimes referred to as "Barbary Ducks" in a culinary context.
If you are interested in adding some of these unique ducks to your farm or homestead, or are looking for drakes for your table, please contact us to confirm availability, as we sell out quickly.