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by Meredith Chilson One of the traditional summer highlights in our rural county has always been the County Fair. For a week in July one of our sleepy little towns becomes a center of activity. Up over the hill, and the first sight is always the Ferris Wheel; there are carnival rides for the very […]Read more »
Photos and story by Cherie Langlois Thinking about getting some Muscovy ducks around your place? Well, then, what could be more adorable than a flock of fuzzy little Muscovy ducklings? If this is your first foray into raising ducks, you can buy your first baby ducks from a local breeder, feed store, hatchery or animal […]Read more »
by Amy Grisak — Title photograph by Mark Vogel Ducks can be helpful, colorful little characters in your garden patch, providing a measure of truly natural garden pest control – and the eggs they lay taste delicious! Here are some fun facts about a few heirloom breeds. Indian Runners are comical-looking ducks that stand tall […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell One of the bittersweet things about raising ducks, specifically pekins, is that they grow SO fast. Ducklings are so adorable, and while my heart melts when they’re little, I’m not sad to get the brooders out of the house after they’ve grown. Our brooding time was about a third of what we […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The year after I got my first chickens, my dad told me that I had proven myself responsible with the care of our birds and that I could add a few more to our flock. How quickly the spring sunshine and collecting your first egg can cloud your mind with amnesia, as […]Read more »
by Margaret E. Kellogg They say you learn something new every day, and I find this to be so true. I didn’t know that it takes about five months for a mallard drake to look like a drake. Did you? My son, Stephen, is infatuated with mallard ducks. I just couldn’t understand why he thought […]Read more »
by Kimberly Furry I had to chuckle when Nora and I were watching the Cat in the Hat on PBS one morning. The Cat and the children were talking about bird nests and wanted to build one on their own. The fish smugly commented, “You don’t know how to build a nest!” In the sage […]Read more »