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Adding Ducks and a Goose to Our Homestead

August 27, 2019


They all have bands.
Are they all boys? That one has a band on the other foot.
They’re very floofy. most have bands on the left feet
except this one has a band on the right foot so i’m assuming that’s the boy. Ed’s already causing trouble. She thinks I have scrambled eggs. They love scrambled eggs. You’re crazy. Ok. Just skydive. They’re a lot more active and curious and crazy than chickens. But they are cool look how cute he is. You takin a little break? What are you doin Ed? Trying to swim and there’s nowhere to go I think they’re actually
bathing. Like cleaning themselves. Make sure you get behind your ears. You guys all done? How to dry your duck. Yeah, stay here. No I’m not smooshing, he’s trying to escape. Wants to go back in the water. No don’t do it. Don’t high dive, no.
Come on. We need to dry you off. I’m going to need assistance. So today we moved the ducklings in
with the baby chicks and this is their first time in here. Over here are the
ducklings and the goose. And they’re in a separate cage. We’re monitoring them.
Right there’s our monitor in the purple shoes. Big chickens… are not really liking this.
They’re all having a chicken meeting about it. They’re not really digging the newcomers. And these guys are just all over here chill and pretty much taking a nap
cuz they don’t really care. So assuming they continue to just not
care we’ll leave them in. They’ve been here
for a couple hours, we’ll watch them and we might open the gate and then see how
they integrate with each other. Right now over the next couple hours we’re gonna keep them in this cage. and just see how they do… keep an eye on them. These guys really are happy to be
outside. Where you think? All right so we are going to open the
door and see how the chickens the big chickens and the little chickens and the
ducks all mesh together, but first we’re going to turn the fence on so
hopefully the chickens learn what the fence is all about. And ilaria is going
to release the chickens. All right go ahead. Watch that string in front of the
door. Oh maples a little curious. Here comes Ed. I don’t think Truffle knows what to make of
Ed. All the big chickens are going in to their old coop. Oh there’s a
little tif there. So far it’s pretty anti climatic. I think Mushroom
is afraid of the duck. They’re only about two and a half weeks old at this point, and
seems like Ed rules everybody. These guys need to figure out what the fence
is all about. So all the big birds ran into the coop
cuz that used to be their home, so they’re all checking it out and eating the food
in there. Ducks are over here by themselves in a
pile of peas, and these guys, I don’t know what these guys are doing but they look like they’re about ready to get zapped. Awfully close. Someone just got zapped.
Fence is charged. Don’t go near the fence. These Dorkings ended up being so
sweet. They’re really lovable That little Welsummer just kind of
hangs out by herself. Just kind of free roaming, and you can see Elvis,
that’s the male with the white breast, and that’s a girl, and Ilaria is holding a girl. One of the babies is gonna get zapped. Uh Oh. There we go. One of the ducklings just got zapped. It’s
really important that they do understand the fence and that is fully charged and
that they understand that that is the boundary. Otherwise they could very
easily squeeze through this hole and we don’t want that to happen. The big chickens are eating the baby food.
The babies are eating the big chicken food Ed and the ducks are eating grass. But everyone for the most part is getting along. A little bit of pecking going on. Let me introduce you to
the newest members of Guildbrook Farm. We have Quackers, Cheese.. which are two Khaki Campbell Ducks, and then we have Ed with the fabulous hair.
Also known as King Edward with the Fabulous Hair. Ed is a Tufted Roman
goose. Now the reason we went with Khaki Campbell
Ducks… one is male and one female… is because we really really like duck eggs.
and with having a male a female we’re able to breed them and hopefully we have
more ducks and more eggs and we might be able to sell the Ducks as well. and I’m
getting the evil look like “What do you plan on doing with me?” So that’s why we have these guys. We went with the Khaki
Campbell’s over other ducks because they’re really good layers and right now
we don’t really want to raise ducks for meat. We’re really
interested in the eggs so that’s why I went with the Khaki Campbell’s because
they’re really really high quantity layers. Now as far Ed… Ed’s a Tufted Roman goose and to be perfectly honest I did not want to get a goose.
I don’t like geese, I think they’re loud and they can be very very mean and I had
no desire to get a goose. It wasn’t actually until I watched a video by Art
and Bri… and I’ll link to their channel above…
but they have a Tufted Roman named Donald on their channel. Now they did
a video on Donald kind of explaining how he sort of is like the guardian of all
the chickens and they had some trouble with him as far as he can be really
mean but he also can be very protective. I looked into Tufted Roman Geese
when I saw that because that was a breed that I hadn’t heard of before and it turns out
that they’re the most gentle of the geese so I wanted to give it a try in
particular because right now you can see that we run these mason lines above our
run and this is to protect our chickens from hawks. Now we’re very very quickly
going to be outgrowing our fenced in area and at some point we’re going to want to
free-range a little bit more or put them in a larger area such as in with the
goats and we’re not going to be able to string mason line above something like
that so we need some sort of protector of the chickens to help protect against hawks, we have a lot of red-tailed hawks that fly over here that nest over here
and so the reason that we wanted the goose was for some sort of hawk
protection. Now they don’t actually fight off hawks but they do make a whole lot
of noise, like that except the adult version. They do make a whole lot of noise
and they tend to scare off hawks. So we figured we’d give him a try and see
how he does. We do know that there is a risk of him being mean to the
chickens. I’ve read a lot of stories where people have had some really mean geese that would hold chickens heads under
water and drown them or pick them up and slam them down by the neck and so
I’ve read a whole bunch of other case studies where people have raised chickens and ducks and geese side by side and
they work perfectly well. So we figure it’s a case by case basis and so we are
willing to give it a try, and so here we are with Ed with the Fabulous Hair and Quackers and Cheese. So a quick little story about Ed. Ed is about two and a half weeks old. So are the ducks. Probably about a week after we got him we noticed that Ed was laying down a lot. He was just laying next to his water
bowl and drinking. Just seemed really weak and so after doing some research I
thought it might be a niacin deficiency. Now there are a lot of people
who say that you can raise ducks and geese on chick starter. It has to be
non-medicated chick starter and you must supplement with niacin which can be
found in either brewers yeast or nutritional yeast, so I was using
nutritional yeast to supplement for the niacin and I was putting it in their feed every
third day. The reason I was doing it every third day is because nutritional yeast
has a much much higher level of niacin than brewers yeast. It’s really high so I
didn’t want to overdose them. But after seeing that Ed was pretty weak
I was a little concerned I might not be dosing him correctly. So I upped the
dose I also added some B12 to his water and I started giving some cod liver oil.
All these things were things that I read that people tended to do whenever they
had a goose or ducks with weak legs. I noticed a slight improvement in Ed and
then I would say probably a day or two later he just completely collapsed. His
neck was weak, his wings were saggy. It wasn’t just his legs. and I got the impression
that it wasn’t a niacin deficiency. At that point we thought that it was
probably a virus and so again I’m online trying to do a
whole bunch of research and figure out what was wrong with Ed and what I
could do myself and I read a whole bunch of case studies on that and anybody that
brought them to the vet basically just splinted the leg together and gave him
antibiotics and that worked I would say maybe five percent of time. A lot of the
time the geese just ended up dying. What we ended up doing was we splinted his
legs together above the hocks, so right above this joint here, we splinted
his legs together with vet tape and then his legs started curling under and we
used painters tape actually and spread his little foot out like this to
make sure he had flat footing. And we did that for about three days and for about
the first day he face-planted pretty much constantly. We tried to help him get
to the water and the food. He was still eating and drinking. I was still
supplementing with cod liver oil. I was putting it in his food. I was putting
b12 in his water and then I switched over to a waterfowl feed just to make
sure that I wasn’t doing anything wrong with the niacin. And after about three days
the tape fell off of his foot and I believe it was the morning of day four
that the tape fell off or he picked it off of his legs, and he was
walking perfectly fine so I’m not sure if that was it, the cod liver oil, the b12 in the water, the correct feed, but he’s doing really fine right
now So we moved him outdoors with the baby chicks who are about six weeks old and he’s been
terrorizing them ever since. He’s very very much bonded to the ducks and he
is very very protective of the ducks. He sticks out his neck and goes
after the poor baby chickens and grabs their tail feathers.
But the reason that I stuck him out here so early… he’s not feathered out yet
but it’s really really warm days… the reason I stuck him out here so early
with the chickens is because I want him to get bonded to the chickens. I
don’t want him to be constantly just protecting the ducks so my goal here is
to try and bond them with the chickens as quickly as possible so
that he doesn’t end up being a mean goose. Time will tell on that one. If he
ends up being mean well we’ll end up having to sell him or or something. But right now he’s really really sweet he’s doing what he’s
supposed to be doing he’s just only doing it with the ducks and he’s not doing
it with the rest of the chickens so you can see he’s also bonded to us. He’s very sweet
he’s just not so sweet to the chickens.
Even the big chickens are scared of him. Like they run away from him he just has
to put out his neck and the big chickens run away but he’s a very sweet goose.
I’ll put him down with his family. These are little Dorkings. They about five and a half, six weeks old something like that. They’ve been out here locked up in this run separate from the big chickens. We haven’t opened the
door today is the first day that they are integrating with the bigger chickens.
For the last three days we put the ducks in there with them and like I said Ed was kind of terrorizing them a little bit they kind of stayed
their separate ways. We have the ducks on one end and the chickens on the other
and then they would swap. They just basically avoided one another and today
we decided let’s kind of get them merged out here with the other chickens and see
what happens. We made sure that the fence was fully charged because we want them
to get accustomed to that fence having a bite to it. And we had everybody in here
to make sure that there was no escapee’s and nobody was getting
significantly hurt. There’s going to be some pecking on the head
so establishing the pecking order with the different birds and that did happen
but so far nobody has gotten significantly hurt or anything like that.
Just a little bit of pecking. Basically everybody has been avoiding the ducks
and nobody goes near them. You see in the background they’re working on
establishing their pecking order. A little bit at a time we’re just letting
them out for a couple hours and just seeing how it goes. So our setup in here
this is going to be our grow out pen for our birds. We have the baby chicks in
here now and we have the ducks and Ed. We’ve introduced Ed and the
ducks in here and Ed immediately chased the baby birds away from the food so we
ended up putting separate food dishes in here. My pyrex cooking ware because I
didn’t have enough rubber bowls. As you can see they’re super messy. We just
literally cleaned that out. And we have separate bowls over here so that
they’re on opposite sides so that if Ed chases the chickens away from the food
at least they can go to this other side and still eat. The feed that we’re using
in here is the waterfowl feed. We’re going to continue using the waterfowl
feed, which is a high protein feed, until the end of week 3 which is coming up
here in the next couple days. After that we’ll switch them over to a lower
percentage because ducks and geese do not need to be on a high percentage
food past three weeks. And then everybody will be on the same feed. I’m
not too concerned about the babies eating a higher percentage of protein
right now, just want to make sure that Ed and the two ducks are getting what
they need because they’re the youngest. And then when we switch over to the
lower percentage of chicken feed I’ll just supplement again with the
nutritional yeast. At night the ducks and Ed have a little bit of trouble
getting up into the nest box. I am keeping the babies together, the chickens
and the ducks together. So I will just… the chickens will go up themselves but with Ed and the ducks I’ll just pick them up and put them in there and they’ll just nest on the floor and all the chickens will go up in the roost, and now we just
close them up for the night. We also found that the ducks like to swim
in the water bowl so we’ve ended up putting a little container of water in
here. There is a brick inside and a little walkway so they don’t get trapped in
here. The ducks will go in and swim, the chickens will go and stand on this
little brick here and peck at the water and so everyone seems to be happy
with this setup so far. That’s about it guys, just a quick little update on our ducks
and our goose. Quackers, Cheese and Ed with the Fabulous Hair. Everyone’s still
getting settled in – Everyone’s getting used to each other.
We’re by no means experts on water fowl or on chickens but this is what we’re
doing. So far seems to be working for us. We’ll keep you posted. If anything’s not working we’ll let you know. See you in the next video.

100 Comments

  • Reply Locks Bog June 3, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Maybe try taking the ducks away from Ed for a few hours a day & maybe he'll bond with chicks more, just a thought. 🙂 The farm is growing fast! Lol

  • Reply Cog Hill Family Farm June 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    We currently have & have had geese over the years, & some are mean as the devil & some are just loud angels….Guess they are a lot like people. But the good thing, we have never had an issues selling a mean goose

  • Reply R S June 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    at the beginning of the video you had more than two ducks. Were those somebody else's or did you just not show them off

  • Reply seagnat prepper June 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    you guys are such loving parents to ALL you children … the human kind and the not human kind … God will bless you on your journey into prepping homesteaders

  • Reply Marica Plasmans June 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Geese where known to guard the property arround the 1500's. Hope Ed can worn your chickens faster for an eminent attack. Some friends bought a very small chickenbreed which can outrun a hawk.
    I do love your new addition. Considering them for my list aswell.

  • Reply Pat Champion June 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    What a great video. So sweet loved the ducks, Ed is adorable. I saw the video you mentioned about Donald at Art and Bri, he does do a good job of guardian goose. But your info own feeding and caring is very good had no idea about the different supplements they need. tyfs Pat Big Thumbs Up

  • Reply Blue Wave June 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Another great video, thanks!

  • Reply Jenifer Fillyaw June 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    What company did you order them from, please? Love your videos.

  • Reply Steve Harris June 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Well you guys everything looks in order and all looks happy!!!!!)))🦆🦆🦆🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐐🐐👍🏼😊

  • Reply Cynthia Fuller June 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Ducks are so goofy! My best friend had ducks. Though I may have already told you this story, they'd head across the rural country road, single file, but across there was high grass and coyote dens and other hazards. She'd yell, "DUCKS! BaaAAAAD ducks!" and they'd all turn on a dime and come back across the road, still single file. All that weekend I visited her in KY, they were entertainment. I never wanted ducks, knowing they are quite messy, but I have thought about Khaki Campbells if I ever changed my mind, them being more of a land duck than some other breeds. But, I know you're enjoying that bunch! You're doing great on the integration "games", Jaime. I'm having to work 15 week old Brahma, Cora, into the adults now because it appears, as of this morning, that Pooh is going downhill fast.

  • Reply Joan Koser June 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I just love your channel, & the names you choose for your feathered friends. How precious they are. I am a senior, living this life through you & enjoying it tremendously , also loving your family. Your videos are so interesting. Keep up the great work.

  • Reply michael adams June 3, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    great family you have there.

  • Reply avonleanne June 3, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    so stinkin cute!!! love them all, watching them was so relaxing!!!

  • Reply Rivka Flashner June 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    what electric fence did you buy? What size? How do you like it? Thanks!

  • Reply Henrietta L June 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Well, that was like $150 in therapy! Lol made my day to watch all this farmyard happiness. Appreciate you guys spreading it around 🙂

  • Reply glenn anderson June 3, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    all I can say is ok everybody into the pool.

  • Reply BrewDaddy1911 June 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Curious to see how this works out with the mix… My understanding was that for the most part as long as they didn't have to compete for resources that they would get along fine… Not being all that familiar with geese but I knew they could be aggressive but didn't know they could actually go after and harm other things like chickens… Obviously you won't get eggs w/ Fabulous Ed but I was recently given a couple goose eggs and they were to die for… I am seriously giving thought to having geese on the homestead or at least finding a source for the eggs… p.s. I should send you a pic I took of one egg in a 10" skillet and how it took up pretty much half the pan… 😉

  • Reply Sue Leigh 101 June 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    My heart!!♡♡♡♡ I can hardly find the words!!
    Thank you for this adorableness and your lovingness!
    I appreciate, too how you research everything so carefully. I love the vicarious pleasure of holding and stroking those warm little feathered folk! Thank you for the beautiful production values; thank you for how CLEAN AND ORGANIZED your little piece of heaven is kept!!
    And THANK YOU FOR NO ADDS!!!! 13 THUMBS UP(they call me the girl with something extra…)FOR YOU!!!!! Keep this up and you could figure prominently in The Will!! Big hugs and love for you, Dears!!♡♡♡XOXOX

  • Reply Tina's Tiny Living Tiny Family June 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    So cute, those ducks in the sink, it's like they have their own whirlpool spa sanctuary. I'm believing with you, that they will all get along and love each other

  • Reply Chris Bruinsma June 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I'm not familiar with your breed of ducks…..but I know the wild ducks on my pond sure do appreciate when I stock minnows in the pond. the ducklings go crazy when they manage to catch a minnow.

  • Reply Nature's Cadence Farm June 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Totally adorable!! You guys win the best fowl names award!!

  • Reply LifeGoesNorth June 3, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Ed has amazing hair. They sure love the water. 🦆 💦

  • Reply karen catalano June 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    They are so cute and fun to watch

  • Reply cynthia brennemann June 4, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Heh…now go watch True Facts about Ducks by ZeFrank, and you'll never look at the ducks the same again. lol

  • Reply Lisa Booker June 4, 2017 at 2:19 am

    Hope your goose turns out to be a SUPER-GOOSE (SG) lol and protects everyone!

  • Reply Farm_In_The MiddleOfTheWoods June 4, 2017 at 3:18 am

    We have always given free feed nutritional yeast for waterfowl, may be what Ed needs and may need as you all move forward. They will only eat it if they need it. Glad that he is doing well. Best to you all.

  • Reply vkarr154 June 4, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Ilari is my mothers name….never heard of another. …till now

  • Reply Vee Mack June 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    that's so cool I have a love hate with mine. but mostly love an a wtf when they mate. lmao. where did you order or where can we. thank you!

  • Reply bushcraft2012 June 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Fantastic.. You guys are blessed. I've contemplated adding ducks to my flock for awhile now. I've not pulled the trigger on that idea simply because a lot of info out there about how the presence of ducks can negatively impact egg production of the chickens. Also, ducks seem to be a lot more messy than chickens making a mess of their feed and water. What do you think?

  • Reply Autumn Oaks Farm June 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Awesome video the sink deal was hilarious.

  • Reply Barbara K. June 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    As a novice who never raised chicken or ducks, 1) how much room do they need 2) how many eggs do they produce and 3) how long do they live? Thanks and love your videos

  • Reply The Green Eyed RAM June 5, 2017 at 1:46 am

    They are adorable. I loved watching their first swim. So stinking cute.

  • Reply Part-Time Permies June 5, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for that one! I have 3 goose eggs under 3 hens (with a few chicken eggs each as well) and I'm still learning what they will need! They should start hatching next weekend! We'll only be keeping 1-2 geese, one per flock of chickens. Any extras or any who don't get along will be Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

  • Reply Rowanne Hagen June 5, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Ed is quite a charmer. I hope he ends up fitting in well with the chickens.

  • Reply Chick-a-Woof Ranch June 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    So glad Ed pulled through so he can protect his buddies. Those are the kind of situations that are super difficult… thank goodness for the internet to do all the research. Nice job you guys are awesome!

  • Reply Case_Farm June 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome stuff guys! Love Ed!

  • Reply Kara Bee June 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    I love how you care so much for each of your animals. ❤

  • Reply d walsh June 6, 2017 at 2:00 am

    What will you do with the ducks ?Eat them ?

  • Reply David Exton June 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I've never had duck eggs before, but I hear that they are more nutritious than chickens eggs.

  • Reply Cooper Acres Homestead June 9, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I was gonna ask- we don't have a bath tub, so if I get ducks and geese as chicks wasn't sure how to get them water time

  • Reply Tiffany Serena June 20, 2017 at 12:58 am

    they are fun asking

  • Reply Dotty June 20, 2017 at 2:54 am

    How do you feed the goose and ducks etc. separately?

  • Reply Leia Daniels June 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I rescued a Canada gosling. Now he is almost full grown. He is kinda mean but I love him anyway. I hope he learns to fly and goes and gets a family. I named him Howard. He was given to the neighbor girl for Easter with a sibling. The sibling died and Howard was covered in poop and mud. After a bath and some TLC he lives with my chickens.

  • Reply machc1234golf July 4, 2017 at 11:57 am

    lol how insanely CUTE 🙂 thanks for sharing

  • Reply Anna at the Farm July 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Aww. Cute. You'll love 'm. Plus side to having them will be the rich eggs for baking (hard to find locally here)

  • Reply Kellie p-b_FAM July 15, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Hi y'all have such big hearts, and really give time to helping your animals integrate with the others which I think is awesome as you just started out kudos to both along with the girls I think it is a great learning experience for you all! I raised Indian runner ducks, ruebons I believe they were called, AKA non flying Mallards and turkeys, but was given a young male goose and…yeahhhhh he bit Hubby and myself, because he became mean, well you can figure out a holiday mean came about 😞but our turkeys were 4mons old and one guy from the electric company checking if Pole needed replace swore our turkeys were 3yrs old even by their spurs aka over 1in. long and I laughed say nope 4mons old so that made us very proud growers! he was shocked when I showed the purchase papers on our ducks and turkeys. I had hubby watch your Barn wall fixing he thought was great…..but concerned about the floating corner block, as you see all the blocks are showing the holes… not on its side, which is the weakest part even though you placed a cap block, Hubby said you May want to slightly lift that corner flip the block cap it with the cap block so it doesn't break on you guys. just a friendly suggestion he had… please take no offense about the comment, just wanted to help, Hubby did say Jeremy did an awesome job! 👍👍👍👍👍😉

  • Reply Zomb1e Pudding July 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    ~* its elvira not elvis lol ELVIS IS A FEMALE MOM~*

  • Reply Daisy Springfield July 17, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Hi! I'm thinking about raising ducks with chickens, like you! I was wondering if you could make more videos on how to raise them together, with lots of details. That would be super helpful to me! Your channel really helps a lot! Thanks, Ed really does have good hair 😉

  • Reply Hunter Reames July 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    You need to raise the chickens with Ed and he shouldn't be mean

  • Reply Joe k jr. July 26, 2017 at 1:01 am

    I just started raising chickens, my daughter got an incubator and a bunch of eggs and whalaaa, we have chickens 🙂
    We split the chickens, I have 4 RI reds, a white female chicken, and a red rooster with a marvelous tail. I just started getting eggs this past 2 weeks. The rooster is doing his job every day. But, he is starting to be a rooster and I am worried about our neighbors with the noise that he is now making. The chickens get along with the cats and dogs. I love watching your video's. I learn so much from the both of you. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Reply diane hall August 28, 2017 at 10:54 am

    OK, it was nothing short of wonderful to hear that whistling gosling coming down the ramp! In the 1980s, I owned a small waterfowl hatchery in NH. Hatched mostly Standard  Toulouse Geese, Call Ducks and Indian Runners. Used a redwood Sears 400 egg wet hatch incubator. My hatch rate was 98%. Hatched hundreds of geese on straight chicken un-medicated grain and sunshine ( vitamin D). Never had a your problem, but I sometimes tied the ankles together at birth to encourage straight legs, with a small space inbetween, for a couple of days, until their bones set. Had to keep the ducks and geese in separate incubator trays ( high walled for geese) and it was a blast!! I had a customer back log every season for the Toulouse, as they were so TAME. I used to carry them around, but they will protect you, if you hatched them. They are an excellent meat bird, but 99 % of my customers raised them for pets or for show. Call ducks are perfect for children. All you need is a small dog house, a plastic kiddie pool and un-medicated grain. My geese hated the chickens! Had to keep them separated. The geese would sneak into the chicken coop to steal their grain, but it was the same grain. They geese were just making a statement.. Yes, duck eggs make for beautiful cakes.

  • Reply BrittanyDaine September 12, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I love how they keep going back into the water when you take them out, too cute

  • Reply jock364 October 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    You have encountered imprinting. "There is one unique ability limited to birds alone that makes geese, the first, and ducks, the second, most natural animal companions to humans. That ability, which is one of the strongest forces in nature, is the imprint." http://www.thegoosesmother.com/id6.html

  • Reply Dotty October 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    My goose, Goose Leigh, is scared of the chickens and guineas here lol.

  • Reply trinhcuong 1964 November 1, 2017 at 3:30 am

    They're so cute n lovely, seem they know you're their foster parents ayh!

  • Reply April Hill November 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    What happen to all the other ducklings that were in the box?

  • Reply Donald Miller December 10, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Look ma , no hands !

  • Reply D Yoc December 17, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Good job with Edd..You should change his name to Forest..Like Forest Gump. He had some messed up legs for awhile.

  • Reply Suzi SaintJames December 22, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Will you be getting another guard goose? I'm thinking of getting one and would like to get your advice. xoxo from Arizona.

  • Reply mi gr January 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    🐣🐥🐤🐔🐓

  • Reply ZWATER1 January 11, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    lol pretty cool

  • Reply Pinkenstein January 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    How cute! I can't wait to get my first ducks. Thank you for chronicling your journey; I'm learning so much from your channel.

  • Reply TheGUARDIAN™ January 23, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Have you ever considered a livestock guardian dog such as a Great Pyrenees? They would protect against any 2 legged, 4 legged, or winged predators that you may have.

  • Reply tri kien February 1, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Where can I oder duck eggs & what state you’re living. Thank you.

  • Reply Marie Sheppard February 26, 2018 at 4:48 am

    Love Ed I need another one our goose of 19 1/2 years passed away and is so missed He lived with chicken ducks and sheep. Never hurt a child or Female but hated Males and would put the run on them , Even Ram s ,

  • Reply Mahealani W February 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Kinda off subject but I love tattoos too. I only have 6 but wld like to gt more.

  • Reply BeauSC4Ever March 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I love your channel, but you should never put hatchery fowl into the water so early. In nature, the mother duck/goose produces oil from her oil glands that cover the babies when she is sitting on them which makes them “water-tight”. Babies without that oil on them are more prone to bacterial and fungal infection…..

    So, the big question: What happened to all the other ducklings?

  • Reply shanah Tovah March 8, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    in Washington state, we had hawks scoop down on our babies and also a 5 lb. Australorp and bam! She was killed by hawk beak jab in the eye

  • Reply farooq ahmed March 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    You could get a rooster to protect ur chickens

  • Reply Hollyhock March 17, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    So much fun seeing their first swim. I love all their names too.

  • Reply Cheryl Galleran March 18, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I'm really enjoying. I'm a new subscriber. However….. please tell me why you need to have an electric fence? Have an issue!… there are other solutions. I'm concerned and want to continue to support your channel. So please, as a major animal supporter… I need to know. Now, you might not care how I or others feel. I hope that's not the case.

  • Reply Erin Mollie March 26, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    what type of goose is Ed

  • Reply Stacy Groff March 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Can I feed my ducklings non medicated starter feed for chickens to start them out?

  • Reply Pamela Bratton April 2, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Perhaps isolate Ed with the chicks, keep the ducklings totaly out of sight or on the other side of a fence he can't go through?

  • Reply VIP Piggy Girl April 5, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Very cool video. Love it!

  • Reply Flots45 April 13, 2018 at 1:30 am

    very cool , love your tatts

  • Reply preachersdtr1 April 19, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    love love love! this. I get so much useful practical information, about all these little folks, from your channel. This is an "eye into" daily life off-grid animal husbandry and inter-species relationships & co-existing, which I would, now, have no other way to see and enjoy – and enjoy, I DO! I hope you guys never ever take your channel down. I know this is, all of it, for both of you and your delightful daughter, a lot of work; but you're living an amazing & satisfying life, as a result. I'm happy for you all, and I feel blessed that you share these portions of it with us. My heart is so hungry for what the three of you "bring to the table" here, and how you do it, the kind of people you are. Having watched your video in which you told us about your educational backgrounds and work lives to this point, I'm absolutely in awe of both of you. Your daughter is a lucky little girl, in addition to being a sweetie, herself. Thank you.

    P.S: Is there ANYthing that Jeremy DOESN'T know how to do?!!! The man is a revelation! (:

  • Reply Holly Dyer April 21, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I love watching ducks play in the water! They're so cute

  • Reply Dana Rae April 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Day late and a dollar short Im sure but it doesnt hirt to point out thst day old's should never be handled so carelessly. That lottle fall at the beginning could have cripple it or worse. They are very, very, delicate when shipped from the hatchery, while dofferent ball game when compared to feed store ducklings.

  • Reply AudentiaGlow April 28, 2018 at 3:10 am

    Such cute duck babies! Enjoy following your farm adventures! I hope you have nice chickens or they will bully the ducks with bottom of the pecking order. They might be happier separated from chickens if they get pecking dents on their bills.

  • Reply Marie DeLozier May 4, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I wanna get me some khaki campbells to get after weeds and snails and get duck-aigs…

  • Reply Tsetsi May 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Very cute babes

  • Reply Sam Finn May 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    good info

  • Reply Mary Prather June 4, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Lol love it!

  • Reply Biscuit Bunnies June 4, 2018 at 5:29 am

    what happened to all those other ducklings

  • Reply Salobrena Smith June 14, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    so cute

  • Reply Renee Moncrief June 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Your'e so good with animals. Darling creatures!

  • Reply Chima FNClips July 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Why do you have an electric fence for the birds?!?

  • Reply Marcus Engstrom August 31, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Cheese and Quackers 😁

  • Reply marianne froholdt September 13, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    When they live in nature,they eat the right things.so maybe see what There natural food is.

  • Reply Nouredine Mahmoud September 24, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Very very good and beautiful

  • Reply Missy Rabbit January 16, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    our goose is sitting on a clutch of eggs. When she got off, a couple of ducks snuck in there and laid theirs. Lazy ducks letting the goose do all the work…

  • Reply Googie’s Fairy Farm April 21, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Wow! So glad to see that Ed is so much improved!

  • Reply Krattle Rattle April 25, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Geese make great guards for chickens.

  • Reply Krattle Rattle April 25, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Make sure you handle that goose daily so he likes you

  • Reply Krattle Rattle April 25, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I also accidentally gave my geese medicated chick starter for weeks. They were perfectly healthy but as soon as I found out that was bad I ordered duck starter. They are perfectly healthy now but I guess it's case by case.

  • Reply Mary Thibault April 25, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    I laughed through this one. My husbands name is Ed so that really quacked me up. They were so cute. I raised ducks when I was a kid, they were so much fun and I love the rich eggs.

  • Reply new2 countryLIFE May 24, 2019 at 6:34 am

    How does Mason line repel hawk?

  • Reply ii Marquise ii ii Marquise ii June 4, 2019 at 9:39 am

    What breed were those young chickens?

  • Reply Margarita Melamed June 23, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Look cute… like Brooklyn hipsters playing country games.

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