Ascites in Ducks – Treating Miss Emerald for Water Belly

Ascites in Ducks – Treating Miss Emerald for Water Belly

In fall 2018, we noticed that one of our runner ducks, Miss Emerald, was lethargic and having difficulty breathing. On closer examination, we suspected she had ascites, also known as “water belly”. We made the diagnosis in early October, and treated her over the course of the next several months. Her condition improved, and her…

Duck Pest Control – Working with Ducks in the Garden

Duck Pest Control – Working with Ducks in the Garden

I read a permaculture article that said slug issues in the garden weren’t due to too many slugs, but to a lack of ducks. That’s what triggered the purchase of the Duck Patrol. Some of you know our duckies from other posts or their Instagram feed. In this article, we’ll talk specifically about using duck…

The Resilient Gardener – Grow Potatoes, Corn, Beans, Squash, and Eggs
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The Resilient Gardener – Grow Potatoes, Corn, Beans, Squash, and Eggs

“The Resilient Gardener – Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times” by Carol Deppe came onto my radar while reading Harvey Ussery’s book, “The Small-Scale Poultry Flock“. Harvey mentioned Carol’s approach to feeding her ducks using garden crops to dramatically reduce purchased feed consumption, and I wanted to know more. Coupled with the duck information…