Monthly archives "February 2010"

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Confessions of a Duck Egg Addict 

by Sue
I met Khaiti at River Market’s CSA event where she was promoting a share of two dozen duck eggs and two bars of goat milk soap a month. Although I had never eaten a duck egg or considered an egg share I was drawn in by the curiosity of it all and some good karma. Before committing I asked to try one. A few days later I had a couple of stunningly gorgeous thick-shelled almost opalescent eggs cupped in my hands. I knew I was holding real food; the freshest eggs layed by healthy happy ducks living outdoors as nature intended. The eggs have an amazing eggy flavor and texture. They have a density and thickness that bespeaks of health and makes chicken eggs pale in comparison. After one fried duck egg on toast, I was hooked. Each egg is like an egg and a half making it the perfect portion size. I am now patiently waiting for the longer days of spring when these happy quackers start producing again.
The goat milk soap was another wonder. I had enough from my share to last the winter and to give as gifts. The big surprise was when I had the ‘ah ha’ moment and tried if out as shampoo. It works great, so no more plastic bottles with unrecognizable chemicals. One look at Khaiti’s hair and I should have known.
I was one of the lucky few with the honor of roasting a couple of ducks from Khaiti’s farm. These were the male ducks from the eggs that were hatched to increase the flock. They were raised with love and harvested with compassion and were one richest, most flavorful food experiences that I have had. I have Khaiti to thank for a summer of eating food that is delicious, healthy and locally raised!

My 22 lb Thanksgiving turkey that I was able to get up close and personal with this fall is another story…

sue and mary on turkey day!

sue and mary on turkey day!

 

 

the ducklings are all here…..

So, as of Wednesday, the entire flock of 160 girl ducks are together here. I moved the last bunch of 50 girl ducks, now 2 months old, from my friend’s farm to mine- in the back of the Subaru. It was a messy time, but they are very happy to be in the spacious hoophouse, all sunny and ventilated. The cozy milkhouse they were raised in was getting a bit stuffy, and cramped, so a very happy day to bring them home to their new spacious, sun-lit hoophouse quarters! Soon they’ll be outside -when they feel like it. They came out a bit today to enjoy and scope out the giant outdoors!

some of the ducklings venturing out into their wide world, but not for too long- still too cold!!!

some of the ducklings venturing out into their wide world, but not for too long- still too cold!!!

 

 

As soon as it is spring, they’ll be outdoors for the entire season, snacking away on greens, grass, bugs and enjoying the wide outdoors.The hoophouse feels like the outdoors, but protected from the worst weather. It is not heated, or even airtight- in fact the open-ness of it keeps the air in there well ventilated and my birds stay healthy and hardy this way. No eggs are being laid yet, but expect the first ones to come early March.

duck eggs and goatmilk soap, the base of my CSA offering, contact me for details! goatmilkwi@yahoo.com

duck eggs and goatmilk soap, the base of my CSA offering, contact me for details! goatmilkwi@yahoo.com

 

 

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I have two doe goats ready to kid very soon. They always keep me guessing. My running joke is that I know nothing about goats! Every year there are surprises. Vanessa and Metallika’s udders have grown tremendously in the last couple days, so I expect some babies to pop out any day.

me getting mauled by chicken and biscuit!

me getting mauled by chicken and biscuit!

 

 

Metallika has been with me three years, she has had twins the first two years, so this year it is very likely she’ll have triplets. She’s always been a great mom and has her kids without any troubles. Last year she had them when I was out with one of my sisters, and we returned to see one of her kids standing in the pasture balling his head off, and the other just born and she was cleaning him off. Those boys were named Chicken and Biscuit. Half La Mancha, half Boer. Nice chunky little guys with elf-like ears.

chicken, right after he was born! The one who stood there balling his head off.

chicken, right after he was born! The one who stood there balling his head off.

 

 

biscuit on the right, with December dozing on the left

biscuit on the right, with December dozing on the left

a “new” Farm Utility Vehicle (FUV)

 

my original FUV saw so much goat action!

my original FUV saw so much goat action!

 

also, the trunk served as a convenient duck plucker

also, the trunk served as a convenient duck plucker

 

 

 

Oh how sad to hear on Monday my trusty, lovely taurus car had a cracked engine head at almost 200,000 miles….a seriously life ending report for the car. She was a good one, after 6 years and almost 170,000 miles, we went through so much, traveled to may places, delivered so many goodies, had such great times. And this car had very few repairs needed. I hauled over 600 lbs/week of grain and feed in that car, went ice fishing with her, took my German cousin Anetta to Duluth, went to visit my friend Heidi in Decorah, Iowa, to visit family in San Antonio, TX, and even to North Carolina. Plus MANY miles driving to and from Stillwater and Minneapolis/St.Paul.

 

little blue can't resist a picture with the new FUV

little blue can't resist a picture with the new FUV

 

 

So in a panic, I had to find a new car to replace my unreplaceable car…and found a 2000 Subaru with 91,000 miles and more space for hauling than I could believe! She’s a sleek machine and I hope this car can surpass my previous one’s abilities. My mechanic said yes, so home she came. Next week she’ll get to haul the 50 ducklings home from the other farm- as soon as it warms up a bit.