7 Reasons Why You Should Have Ducks In Your Backyard

I’m a beginner with ducks but a big fan. My wife prefers them to our hens and I can see why. They are awesome and just like Twin Acres Homestead I’d want to encourage anyone thinking about getting ducks to go for it.

Twin Acres Homestead

Ducks are what started us on our homesteading journey.  Three little Rouen ducklings came to live with us six years ago, and we’ve never been without them in our backyard since.  They are a constant enjoyment, and a useful addition to any homestead, big or small.


Here are some reasons why you should consider adding ducks to your backyard.

  1. Ducks are amazing foragers.  Given the opportunity, ducks can dig and forage for most of their own food.  They are great to have in the garden to eat up slugs, snails and other garden pests.  They will also eat mosquito, flies and have been known to eat small rodents.  Ducks graze on top of the grass (unlike chickens that scratch and dig the ground), leaving excellent fertilizer as they go.
  2. They provide eggs.  Duck eggs are bigger than chicken eggs and some people would say tastier.  The eggs are amazing to bake with and…

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