We raise livestock to grow our own protein, but we also enjoy sharing our lives with beautiful, healthy animals. Chores are never really chore when they involve conversations with ducks or snuggles with young rabbits. Slaughter day is never our favorite, but we feel really good knowing we are accountable for the meat and eggs we eat and we KNOW are animals lived a great life and were treated with respect. Our muscovy ducks are hatched and raised by their mothers, our laying ducks are free to splash and play in our winter-flooded field, our Freedom Ranger chickens kick and scratch on fresh pasture daily and our rabbits are housed in safe and sanitary cages and provided plenty of seasonal weeds and treats.
We practice rotational grazing to keep our ducks and chickens on fresh grass and to slowly improve the soil. We also share our farm with predators. Our poultry are kept within electric poultry netting that keeps the beasts on their side of the fence. Our pasture is riddled with voles and we count on the coyotes, bobcats and kestrels to hunt them. We seek to live in harmony with all the wild animals, from bees to birds to bobcats.
We have been raising Muscovy ducks since 2013 and added the first ‘quack duck’ around 2 years later and were hooked. We currently keep around a dozen breeding Muscovies and 22 laying ducks. Our flock of layers include a mix of purebred ducks and their Indian Runner-cross children who were hatched on-farm summer of 2017. Whenever we feel down, all we have to do is flip over a bucket and watch the silly waddlers go about their days. The fresh eggs and delicious meat are just icing on the cake.
Not familiar with cooking rabbit or duck?
Visit our blog for our favorite recipes featuring our meat, eggs and vegetables. Print one of our free PDFs with simple tips and recipes for enjoying our meats and eggs: Duck Egg Tips, Rabbit Tips, Muscovy Duck Tips
Need even more culinary inspiration? Pick up our favorite chef/hunter/angler, Hank Shaw’s wonderful books: