Today I have a guest blogger post up over on Liz's blog. It's the first time I've done anything like that so I was a bit nervous but really it was just like sitting down with Liz, having a cup of herbal tea and answering a few questions.
So today is all about ducks. I'm no duck expert, not by any stretch of the imagination. What I do know is that they are easy to keep. My ducks are anyway. I should say that my yard is large, very large, and the ducks can wander wherever they like during the day (not the vegetable garden... no way!) so I have never stepped in any 'mess' that they might make.
Why do I have ducks? If truth be told, I would probably have at least a pair of every type of farm animal so ducks were a natural progression from the chickens and turkeys that we have had on the farm. My next progression is going to be geese and a meat-breed of duck.
|Duck egg and chicken egg.|
Apart from the fact that ducks are waterfowl and really do need at least some water for dunking their heads in if not enough for wading, the biggest difference between chickens and ducks are their eggs. How nice of my ducks to comply and lay me the first egg of the spring this morning. The shells on the duck egg to me are stronger than chicken eggs, less brittle. That could possibly be an adaptation to keep them safe from big, clumsy duck feet.
And the eggs really are mostly yolk. I think that's why they are favoured by a lot of bakers for sponges and other cakes. I like to use them to make pasta, it gives it a really nice taste, texture and colour.
When it comes time to pluck a duck to ready it for the table, you'll also find that they have a lot of feathers. It feels like a never ending job, more time consuming than plucking a chicken or a turkey.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about ducks or whatever you like, I'll do my best to answer them.
Thanks again Liz for asking me to be a part of your blog series on ducks and for giving us such a great, informative blog to read.