Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Just Ducky!!!



Here are a few pics of our ducks... They are Muscovies. The big ones are 6 months. I think to drakes and 2 ducks. Female ducks are called ducks and males drakes. The little ones its hard to tell yet.. The little ones are 5 weeks old. Muscovies are a big duck.. They are also good fly cotrol.. I know they have cleaned up the edge of the pond too... I will have to show those pics.... They dont quack but the males make a hissing noise and the females are a little more vocal.. But not loud. At first they would run from us!! But now they come up when they hear us and so we started giving them a little treat when they come closer.. I had them eating out of my daughters lap and out of the can in my hand. The girls wanted to let them eat out of their hands but they didnt realize their beak would probably pinch really hard!! They are neat to watch. They are suppose to be good mommas and hopefully will brood more next year! Oh and also suppose to be tasty!

8 comments:

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Im asking this with curiosity and kindness. how can you and the people that leave comments say how cute the cows and other animals are and then eat them. I eat meat but not my pets.

Mrs.Ruiz said...

My husband said that was a dumb question I asked. I guess farm life isn't for everyone. Although I would love to live on a farm, but would just buy my meat from the grocery store. Im sorry I have bothered you:)

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Thank You for explaining that to me. Now I understand. I think I will be looking for an organic alternitive to buying meat. I have seen primetime specials on television on the care and slaughter of the meats we eat and must say your way sounds humane and Im sure healthier and tastier:)

Evelyn said...

Mrs. Ruiz,
You are making a common mistake. What would happen to cattle, chickens, goats, sheep & all the other livestock in the world if we did not eat them? Would there be a place for them to live? Or, would they be in the way & be 'gotten rid of'? Imvho, they'd be considered pests & exterminated.
Many of us consider it much kinder to ensure that our meat has a wonderful life, in accordance w/ the way that Nature/God made them to want to live. Then, to ensure that they have the kindest, quickest, most respectful death that we can give them.
Every animal on Our Farm lives a life as close to the wild as we can give it. The biggest difference is that they are protected from predators & illness.
One thing I always wonder is... where do you think the meat in the market comes from? The lives those animals lead is horrible. Merely buying organic meat is not going to help those animals. Animals raised in the National Organic Program are not treated much (if any better). Places like Whole Foods don't have meat any better either. They have meat from overseas. When their buyer purchases the meat, it's from a broker. That broker must sign an affidavit cert'ing that it was raised in accordance w/ their protocol. Now, understand that this broker has owned these aniamls/meat for a day or so... if that.
Can you imagine the meeting? WF, "In order for us to buy your meat (& pay you a premium for it) we need you to sign this paper saying that you raised it in accordance to our protocol." Broker, "Ooooh... yea! I did that! Suuuure..."
When you buy something that originated overseas... you have to accept what the originating country decides is enough to certify... if they even have inspection. If they do have inspection... are the inspectors corupt?
The only way to ensure that the meat your family eats is to "Meet the meat you eat!" Find yourself a farmer, visit the farm to see how your meat is grown. You can find them at http://www.localharvest.org/
or http://www.naturallygrown.org/
Don't be one of the blind sheeple that just believes the USDA lies. They are not a consumer protection agency. They are the marketing department of BigAg. BigAg is not trying to do anything for you & they couldn't care less about the animals. They are just a product.
No one blames you for not knowing this. You are the same as so many people living in the city. If you want to do something for the animals... talk to people. Go to http://nonais.org/ learn what the USDA is trying to do to you!

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Thanks for the info, I really do appreciate it and Evelyn is right. I am from the city and dont know better. so when it's stamped Organic that really doesn't mean anything? And what about the eggs that advertise being cage free and no hormones or antbiotics? I have alot of research to do. Thank You for respecting my questions.

Pine Pod Farm said...

We have Muscovies here but it is not the kind of meat we eat though, we hardly eat dark meat at all though.

Evelyn said...

Mrs. Ruiz,
To be Organically Cert'd an animal merely needs to be raised on Organically cert'd feed & given no hormones or antibiotics. So, an animal can life it's entire life in a tiny pen, never seeing the sun. As long as they are fed Organic feed, they're Organic. The new "Natural" standard means that it could be fed hay it's entire life, but kept in a filthy little cage. We wouldn't feed grain at all, it's not a part of the Natural Bovine diet. We don't confine our animals... God wouldn't have them spend their lives in a little pen. Our animals life life out on the pastures... as God intended.
As to "free range"... It's the same as cage free. That doesn't mean either are raised Naturally in accordance with God's plan for their lives. Those animals live in huge houses, on bare dirt floors. They have 40,000-100,000 birds per house, often without room to turn around. Imagine how foul the air must be! "Free Range"? "Pastured"? Their house has a tiny dog door in the corner. That door is locked for the first 4 weeks of their lives. Then, at the begining of the 5th week, the door is unlocked, so they can go to their pasture. But, no one ever tells them the door is there, nor that it has now been unlocked. Imagine how big that house is & how tiny that door is. They never even know the door is there. Good thing too, because the pasture is only about 10 ft X 10 ft. Imagine what would happen if that many birds tried to get into that little "pasture"!
Look at the sites I ref'd you to. Look at http://eatwild.com/. There's lots of good info there! Also get & read the Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; (here's a review http://www.progressivebookclub.com/pbc2/viewArticle.pbc?aid=2752) or any of his other works. Those are really great places to start. If you have more questions, Tonia knows where to contact me. I'd be happy to help you learn... as long as you help others learn. I found out about all this about 3 yrs ago when I bought my farm. I didn't buy it to grow food. I bought it because my (now ex) husband wanted to full-time in our RV. We wanted to have a home base, so I could cook for the freezers, to make cooking on the road easier. (He left because I wouldn't put his name on all my investments. The money we lived on was all mine.) I thought it would be nice to grow a couple steers for our freezer, being as the farm was 50 acres & had houses 50 cow/calf pairs. I started researching how to raise the steers. I was sickened by what I found. That's when I decided to grow healthy food for my children (12-31) & grandchildren.
I couldn't help what I had fed them when they were younger. (The Moving Finger Writes; and, Having Writ moves on. -- Omar Khayyam.) I could however do something about what they & their own children are going into the future. You can't do anything about what you fed your children in the past. The past is done with, you have no control over it. You do however have a great deal of control over the future. If you change your direction, moving toward a better way... you carry no blame into the future. It's up to you. You've stumbled onto a way to improve your families health. Do the reading I've ref'd you too & you'll see why I'm so evangelical. Then, get evangelical yourself. I guess I should tell you that I am also from the city. The current population of the city I live in is 208,000. We're a suburb of Los Angeles. My grandfather was Chief of LAPD, I come from a family that is vested in city life & doing as the government says. We've been that way for many many years. That doesn't mean I have to swallow, hook,line & sinker the garbage from BigAg. Remember... the USDA is NOT your friend!

(Did you know that the 'grading' system for meat -Prime, Choice, Select etc.- is really just a measure of fat in the meat? I won't buy Prime meat, I don't see a reason to pay extra for fat, but fat animals ate corn & the USDA wants you to buy corn!)

Good Luck

Evelyn said...

Mrs. Ruiz,
Here's a good link for you. This explains one way for you to buy food. It's about Community Supported Ag. That's a farm where you buy a subscription for your food & have a relationship w/ your very own farmer. This one is in Illinois, but there are many throughout the country.
http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1184417269/bclid1519676900/bctid1873026457