Meet the Quackers - The Ducks of Fresh Eggs Daily


The same day we brought home our very first baby chicks back in 2009, we brought home two ducklings as well. We brooded and raised them with our six baby chicks and that was our very first flock. However, I quickly fell in love with the ducks, and our flock expanded. 

Initially, I only raised Pekins and Mallards, but currently I am concentrating on some of the rare breeds on the Livestock Conservancy endangered list to try and help those breeds thrive. In coming years, I hope to add some more drakes to our farm and start mini flocks of several different breeds. But for now, these ten ducks make up our current flock.


Name: Gregory
Breed: Pekin
Hatched: 2009
Egg Color: N/A

Gregory is the patriarch of the flock. He's an awesome drake who looks out for his ladies and is always a perfect gentleman. He is the last to go in at night, after they girls are all in their house, and he stands watch while they forage for bugs in the pasture.


Name: Sonya
Breed: Pekin
Hatched: 2009
Egg Color: White 

Sonya was one of Gregory's hatch mates and at nearly six years old still lays an occasional egg. The only way I can tell her apart from her sister Penelope (below) is by her 'flippy' tail.


Name: Penelope
Breed: Pekin
Hatched: 2009
Egg Color: White

Penelope is Sonya and Gregory's hatch mate and like Sonya still does lay eggs.


Name: Custard
Breed: Saxony
Hatched: 2011
Egg Color: White

Custard is a beautiful Saxony duck who lays large white eggs.  She was a wonderful mother to her surrogate egg that hatched (Ginger) back in 2013.


Name: Gretel
Breed: Saxony
Hatched: 2013
Egg Color: White

I enjoyed Custard so much I decided to add another Saxony to our flock. Gretel hasn't developed her nice dark coloring like Custard yet - but I think with her next molt she will.


Name: Maggie
Breed: Blue Magpie
Hatched: 2013
Egg Color: White

Maggie has been a fun addition to our flock. Magpies are active, funny ducks, a bit smaller than our other breeds, but they still lay nice large eggs.


Name: Cutie Pie
Breed: Blue Magpie
Hatched: 2013
Egg Color: White

Cutie Pie is Maggie's hatch mate. She's crested, which is technically a genetic defect, but shouldn't cause her any health problems.


Name: Ginger
Breed: Silver Appleyard
Hatched: 2013
Egg Color: White

Ginger is the clear fan favorite. She was the only duckling to hatch from a clutch of a dozen eggs that Custard sat on in the summer of 2013. The hatch was besieged with overwhelming heat - and several eggs were stolen by a black snake. As a result, lone duckling Ginger bonded strongly with her Mom and she and Custard still pal around most of the time together.


Names: Penny (L) and Pepper (R)
Breed: Ancona
Acquired: 2014
Egg Color: White

Penny and pepper are always together. I got them from a friend in the summer of 2014 and they are inseparable. I don't think I've ever taken a photo of one that that other isn't in. They are about the size, and energy level. of my Magpies and do hang around with them most of the time.

So those are the ducks. They all lay white eggs, although both Magpies and Anconas do sometimes lay greenish eggs. Duck eggs are larger and higher in nutrients and taste richer due to the higher fat content than chicken eggs. Delicious!


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4 comments:

  1. Sure, all your ducks really need is a kiddie pool to be happy. You could put a water tub for them inside the run on a daily basis and then fill the pool a few times a week.

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  2. We will be getting our first chicks (20 buff orpingtons) and have been considering getting 2 pekin ducklings at the same time. Just wondering about housing them together...same brooder? When they are older do you house them in the same coop at night or do the ducks have their own house? Any info you could pass on to me would be greatly appreciated! We are so excited to add to our fur family.

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    1. Hello Chelsea! I have seven chickens and one duck and they get along great. They are all housed together and spend all their time together and we haven't had any issues. Ducks are very wet so when housed along with chickens I've found a deep wood shaving bedding to work very well. My duck has a harder time using ramps so I've learned any she would have to use can't be steep.

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  3. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your ducks. I really like Ginger. She is so pretty.

    We had two black Swedish ducks last year. We called them Black & Decker. This year, we have five Pekin ducks. We started off with six, but a predator got one. I like Pekins much better than Swedish. They have such mellow personalities.

    We are thinking of Moscovy ducks to add to our flock. I know, it's not really a duck. I read a lot of good things about them though.

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