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Regarding the duck vs chicken dilema
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Paula    Posted 08-06-2003 at 10:38:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It looks like I'm going with duck vs chicken. They are
messy with water, but by all authorities, hardier and
more disease resistant in general than chickens.

So the question remains: what breed? I've been
reading about the campbells as egg layers and rouen
as meat birds. I think as a single person the campbells
would lay more eggs than the dogs and I could use
reasonably. The rouen averages about an egg every
other day. So maybe a flock of rouen would suit me
better - they would be mostly for meat, but would give
me a few eggs a week.

Any thoughts? Oh, and with regards to slaughtering - I
may just take a few at a time to the butchers and
replenish the flock as needed. Found a hatchery on the
internet, but they're in Iowa. Do we have any Rouen
breeders in PA or MD?

Of course I'm well ahead of myself. The house isn't
even done. I'm thinking this project takes off in about
2years. Still researching.

Oh and the whole goat thing: not even close on that
decision. May have to take some extension courses.

Cheers,
Paula


Tom A    Posted 08-06-2003 at 11:16:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't have a catalog here with me, but I am pretty sure Clearview Hatchery in PA (I think it is in Gratz) carries them. We've dealt with Clearview for 4 or 5 years now for our chickens and have always been very happy.

I'm not up on the goat discussion, so what are you deciding? Not sure where you are, but the Frederick County (Maryland) Extension agency has a number of great courses including several new ones coming out real soon.

tom


Paula    Posted 08-06-2003 at 12:27:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom,

I'd be much happier getting my ducklings in-state so I'll
definitely look into Clearview. That website I mentioned
in another post, The New Agrarian, got their campbells
there, I don't know why I didn't remember that.

Here's the sticking point with the goats. I don't eat a lot
of red meat in general but as red meat goes Goat is
superior in sat fat, protein, calories to any other red
meat. So if I were to have some red meat it should be
goat. So coupled with the fact that I'm not a milk drinker,
if I were to raise goats it would be meat goats. So on
my half acre I would raise 3 goats.

I'm really concerned with slaughtering them (having
them slaughtered). That would be my intent, but I'm
afraid that when the time comes I'll have three pet goats
- pets I didn't really plan on. I like dogs and cats, but
they also have a purpose. I don' t know about having a
pasture of goats for little reason other than cutting the
grass.

I'm a little intimidated by their maintenance. I take care
of horses so cleaning, feeding, health assessing isn't
the issue. But with horses the smith trims the feet. It
seems with goats you trim the feet.

Also, if I'm going to keep a meat herd that means there'll
be lambing (or is it kidding lol). That's a whole nother
complication I'm not sure I'm ready to take on.

Like I said, need more info. Will keep reading.

BTW, where are you in PA?

Cheers,
Paula


Tom A    Posted 08-06-2003 at 14:14:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goat maintenance is easy, but you have really named the big issue for us: they turn into pets. Our goats are better pets than our dogs, I'm afraid...in fact, I'd put 'em up against the kids, too. heh heh.

I see the boer goats sometimes, and hear them, and don't believe I would get attached to them as I have our others, but I don't know. Now that we have enough chickens where I can't identify them all as individuals I will be butchering this fall and I won't feel bad, but the goats are another thing.

I'm actually in western-central Maryland, but I can be in PA, VA, or WV all within just a few minutes drive...it is a beautiful area, except for all the development that began in the past 10 years or so.

good luck,
tom


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