Let me just start by saying ducks are awesome!
Josh first took ducks seriously as part of our homestead last summer. He had seen some Runner ducks at a friend’s and had heard they were easy to take care of. Josh picked up 2 Khaki Campbell’s because they are the most consistent egg layers in the duck world. To be honest with you, I had no clue about duck eggs and was a bit nervous about even trying them. I even made eggs separately the first few times we cooked with them and then slowly started using them more and more. But to my surprise, you can’t really tell the difference.
Ducks are pretty cool. The Khaki Campbell’s (Lois and Lily) are very quiet. It was really neat to sit our back and read as they would waddle around our middle yard foraging for bugs. Then when we got baby turkeys, it was funny to watch the turkeys follow the ducks around like they were the mothers. Once, I accidently trapped one of the ducks behind a wheelbarrow during a turkey fiasco. It was so sad to watch the other one mope around the yard that I almost went out and got another duck (which is saying a lot because I have a strict no animal rule for my car). Luckily, I found the duck, patiently and very quietly waiting for me to release her from her prison.
Interesting enough, ducks don’t need a pond. They just need fresh water. Our Muskovy ducks are good examples of this, however Lois and Lily (the Khaki Campells) love pools of water of any sort (lid, puddle, bucket, wading pool). Our plan is to build a pond this year for the ducks. I am so excited because I really wanted a pond and I get to have one because Josh got ducks. So…don’t tell your husband’s that ducks don’t need a pond.
Here are a few short points about owning ducks: