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    More babes this morn. Had 15 hatch out yesterday, so that makes 48 ducklings in the last week...and the grand total now is 95 Muscovies in our flock! We'll butcher some of the teens in mid March, but by May we should be in full swing business-wise.



    Feelers have been out for a year now, but by May we'll start the real marketing to restaurants in SJDS and Granada. Mmmm, can't wait to play with duck in the kitchen again!
    "Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing."

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    I could never be a duck farmer - they're too cute to kill and eat.

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    Duck will be the new beans in Nicaragua!

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    You'll have to change your name to tres patos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    You'll have to change your name to tres patos.
    Did you hear that Josh? John just called you a pato!

    Are you going to stand still for that? I t'ought yooze sez yooze is from Joisey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeh View Post
    Did you hear that Josh? John just called you a pato!

    Are you going to stand still for that? I t'ought yooze sez yooze is from Joisey!
    Not just that, a triple pato.

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    he can call me what he wants, I know what I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tresfrijoles View Post
    he can call me what he wants, I know what I am!


    Sticks and Stones, Welcome back 3F, Hope you enjoyed your trip and it was fruitful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Plain John Wayne View Post

    Hope you enjoyed your trip and it was fruitful.
    To make matters worse, JPW just called Josh a fruit!

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    Liar, Liar, your pants are on fire...
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    15 more little critters yesterday! That brings our total to 111.

    The neighbors keep telling us "bastante" and shaking their heads, like we're crazy or something.
    "Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing."

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    Ya'll are NOT crazy, you are making a visual effort that should be repeated on commercial levels.
    To be called a "Has Been" I must surmise, is much Greater than to be called a "Nevah Been"... JW...



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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula fan View Post
    15 more little critters yesterday! That brings our total to 111.

    The neighbors keep telling us "bastante" and shaking their heads, like we're crazy or something.

    What do you do with all the duck poop? Does Kevin buy it?

    Also what do they eat?
    Life's different here ... It's a whole 'nother pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom View Post
    What do you do with all the duck poop? Does Kevin buy it?

    Also what do they eat?
    1) Try not to step in it!

    2) Kevin will buy anything! Maybe he can use them like geese for security patrols. He could patrol with quack troops.

    3) Probably out of house and home!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mupitara View Post
    1) Try not to step in it!

    2) Kevin will buy anything! Maybe he can use them like geese for security patrols. He could patrol with quack troops.

    3) Probably out of house and home!
    Reminds me of a story... back to 2000. We were guests in a house in San Juan del Sur, setting in the living area enjoying our drinks and listening to stories. They had a collection of animals including ducks. Well you know when ducks walk it is like they are in command of where they are going. From the back of the house past the kitchen into the area we were sitting walked three ducks, our host yelled “Out Ducks!”. The ducks did a 180 turnaround and walked back out the back of the house.
    Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.

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    $hit,specially when your bed starts moving at night and you call it a quake, ain't no pato in that bud

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    he can call me what he wants, I know what I am!

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    What do you do with all the duck poop? Does Kevin buy it?

    Also what do they eat?

    Never raised ducks in our life and it definitely wasn't our plan when we came here, but Nicaragua WILL make you improvise!!!

    The duck poop goes to the raised beds in my garden. We add brosas (rice hulls) to the pens from time to time, them remove them after they are full of "good stuff" and add them to the garden beds. Turned into the existing dirt, it provides the drainage and nutrients for good maters, okra and squash.

    Our fowl are eating us outa' house and home for sure, I would say that half our retirement currently goes into the care of all our animals, horse, dogs, ducks. But that'll change soon. Good thing we have other money or I'd have to back off the Toña!

    We started on this project just over 2 years ago, with local criollo ducks ('Scovies) weighing about 2.5 lbs for the males and 2lbs for the females. Good feed, all they could eat, a pen system with one male to max 6 hens, breeding up the bigger males, killing off the smaller ones, culling the bad mommas out as well...we've now reached 5 month old males weighing out at 9lbs.

    These babies are gonna reach their full potential of 15 lbs, no problema. Our neighbors may think we're crazy, but there's a method to our madness.
    "Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing."

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    Ducks should be able to get 50% of their diet from foraging no problem. One trick to make them forage better is to not feed them one day per week. They will learn to rely on their own foraging ability and use it better even when they have feed.

    I often see trails of leaf cutter ants and I think: this is like the chocolate factory in I Love Lucy for poultry.

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    Ducks should be able to get 50% of their diet from foraging no problem. One trick to make them forage better is to not feed them one day per week. They will learn to rely on their own foraging ability and use it better even when they have feed.
    Ben, you got one h*ll of a guffaw from me on this one! Gracias!!!

    We're raising ducks in pens, something few people do; free-ranging is for folks who are hobby farming. We intend to make some money from our efforts, and that requires strict control of quality, and the ability to breed selectively.

    I would be interested in any information you have on your duck raising experience, if you wouldn't mind sharing.
    "Patience is a virtue, but persistence to the point of success is a blessing."

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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula fan View Post
    Ben, you got one h*ll of a guffaw from me on this one! Gracias!!!

    We're raising ducks in pens, something few people do; free-ranging is for folks who are hobby farming. We intend to make some money from our efforts, and that requires strict control of quality, and the ability to breed selectively.

    I would be interested in any information you have on your duck raising experience, if you wouldn't mind sharing.
    It depends on what kind of space you have. And what number of birds you are going to raise. I don't see how you could make money on ducks unless you get them to forage. They don't have the feed conversion rate of chickens... and corn is expensive here.

    I have used electric netting for ducks, and am really happy with the way it works. It gives you predator control, in addition to paddocks.
    http://www.premier1supplies.com/fenc...p?species_id=6

    My biggest problem with ducks is managing their water.

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