In the November/December 2010 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” Amanda J. Kemp shares why she raises ducks instead of chickens. Not just any ducks though. She raises Khaki Campbell ducks. They make an excellent choice as egg layers, producing up to 300 eggs per year.
Ducks are easy to feed, and they keep the insect population down, which is helpful when you’re gardening. Of course, ducks can feed you, too. Khaki Campbell ducks not only lay an abundance of eggs, but they can produce as much meat as you’d get from a large chicken.
If you’re considering raising ducks as part of your survival strategy, check out the article excerpted below.
Khaki Campbell ducks
the other egg layer
By Amanda J. Kemp
Spring brings the pitter-patter of little feet in the mud, games of tag, and raucous quacks. While traditional advice would have you with a yard full of chickens, I heartily recommend Khaki Campbell ducks.
Living on a fifth of an acre in a development, I opted for raising ducks over chickens for several reasons. The drakes do not crow as roosters do, so it won’t bother the neighbors if I keep them around. That means we can hatch our own eggs at a later date. They convert feed to meat efficiently and grow quickly. Ducks are fun to watch, splashing in the water and waddling about, which, more importantly, the neighbors appreciate. This has been immeasurably helpful in keeping the peace. Given these factors about ducks, it was a matter of determining breed.
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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.