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  •  I live in Wichita, Kansas, and I checked (5+ / 0-)

    to see if it's legal here to keep chickens,
    and it is.

    I've not yet checked
    to see if it's legal to keep ducks.

    A person needs to do his homework,
    do the research online,
    and make a commitment.

    I posted several diaries,
    calling them the
    Build a Chicken Coop movement,
    BCC
    diaries.

    I may start that again.

    It's mostly symbolic,
    since I don't own enough land
    to grow all the food for even one or two ducks.

    I would still be relying on farmers,
    farmers using diesel fuel,
    which will soon be costly,
    then short in supply.

    I tried to stay back a little,
    and not get too deep into the likely scenario
    of Americans killing each other over food.

    I hope I'm wrong about that part.

    Anyway,
    thanks for your comment.

    Oh,
    and back to the specifics of the price of ducklings,
    a local feed store has them advertised
    for about $5 each.

    The price of the ducklings is a very small matter,
    the big investment is
    the chicken coop,
    the chicken yard,
    the duck feed,
    the daily chore of tending to the ducks.

    I'm looking forward to it.

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 01:09:43 AM PDT

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    •  The daily chore of tending to the ducks (3+ / 0-)

      is no more of a chore than the daily tending to a cat. Ducks need food in their food pan and water in their water dish. I did this when I was a kid, before going to school. Takes about ten minutes, and the ducks love you.

      Find some kids. Let them do it. It's fun, when you're a kid.

      Chcikens are more of a problem. Chickens like to roost off the ground. When they can't, when they are on the ground, they get nervous and flighty and run around a lot. Ducks don't mind being on the ground.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 07:08:39 AM PDT

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      •  Thank you so much for giving me another (1+ / 0-)
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        reason to raise ducks,
        rather than chickens.

        I already do just what you said for
        three dogs and one cat.

        I need to pay attention to the weather,
        to care for the dogs,
        since I haven't built them dog houses yet,
        so if it's raining,
        I bring them inside.

        Then I must take them back out,
        when they need to potty.

        The ducks sound easier than the dogs.

        Thanks again.

        Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

        by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 11:30:25 PM PDT

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        •  We raised chickens and ducks (1+ / 0-)
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          at one point. Had some cats, too, but no dogs. The chickens and ducks lived inside a fence, and had a hen house they all used at night. We got chicken eggs and some duck eggs (duck eggs were larger) but I don't recall duck eggs tasting any different. Maybe my mom didn't feed us kids any duck eggs.

          We only kept the birds a year or two, then we ate them. I'm not sure why we stopped raising them, I was just a kid and didn't pay attention when those adult conversations happened. I don't recall any of the eggs hatching into chicks, so maybe we just didn't have any male ducks or roosters.

          Twenty years later, after my parents divorced, my mother raised another flock of chickens in the piney woods in Florida. These guys only had a little fenced in pen to stay in at night, and spent a lot of time under the house or sitting (and pooping) on the steps. She had a dog at the time, who liked to chase the chickens around for fun, so they grew very tough and stringy.

          Ducks are nicer. I think chickens are more productive, if you are raising them for eggs and meat, but ducks are just nicer birds to be around.

          "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

          by Orinoco on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 07:15:12 AM PDT

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