Simple Farming Joys: Raising Ducks in a Snow Storm

This winter so far has been the worst it has been, as long as I can remember, in our area for snow and cold. With the mild temperatures of southern B.C., we rarely see snow.  When we do have it, it stays for 2 days, everyone comments how pretty it is and the schools close and everyone goes tobogganing…  and then it melts away.  We all sigh and say how wonderful it was, and how picturesque,  and carry on with our normal lives in the cold and rain.  That’s the norm.

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Big Fluffy Farm dogs in the snow… at least they love it!

This year however, has been completely different.  We have had a ton of snow… and the snow has stayed.  And just won’t leave.  Our mild temperatures are currently sitting at about zero celcius, to a couple of degrees warmer or colder… and so it’s staying.  Add this to windy winter storms with power outages, and suddenly, you have horrible conditions for raising baby ducklings.

Of course, only an idiot would attempt raising ducks in the winter I have concluded.  Real farmers know better, clearly which I am not.  They probably know that if you have a power outage, the last thing you want to be doing is carting boxes of upset ducklings up from the barn so they can hang out in the house with you, quacking even more loudly in protest.  They probably also know that starting up a generator only so you can feed the electrical cord through the window to plug your incubator and heat lamps to, by candle light, is also ridiculous.

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A box of unhappy Pekin ducks… catching the shuttle once again from barn to house.

Of course, you would never  know all this was a crazy idea – raising ducklings in the winter – unless you tried it.  And I know it’s all my fault – I just look at a laid egg and I see potential – the potential to hatch out something amazing.  Watching the ducklings grow and develop right before your eyes!  I mean, how can you not love ducklings?

Of course, the novelty of carting a box of ducks back and forth to the barn wears thin, especially when the power comes back on, and then turns off again an hour later and the whole process starts again.  And the fishing the power cord back through the window, and unplugging and plugging in the incubator, sealing the window, putting more paper down for the ducks and so on… never mind figuring out what’s for dinner.  When will winter finish?

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Pekin ducklings… apparently the Shepherd’s Kryptonite.

I will say, we are getting the hang of it. I’m not saying I’m liking it, but we are getting the hang of it!  Will we do this again next winter?  Absolutely not… no way.    Well maybe… if the weather’s better…. because who can resist ducklings? They’re so fluffy!

Sigh…

Good luck and Happy farming!

The Shepherd

2 thoughts on “Simple Farming Joys: Raising Ducks in a Snow Storm

  1. John Johnson says:

    And that’s why we love you, Kristen.

    Cheers,

    John Johnson

    Macdonald Realty Ltd.

    22718 Lougheed Hwy.

    Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 2V6

    604-727-5531

    jj1946@shaw.ca

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  2. Connie says:

    I carted a box of older chicks back and forth while we finished building our chicken coop and I’m glad it was only for a few weeks because not only was it an extra chore, but the box got heavier each time I lifted it and they started to protest! It looks like your efforts are paying off- they are just so cute!

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