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Why Metzer Farms Chooses Priority Mail over Express Mail When Shipping Ducklings USPS
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
We ship our duckling via United States Postal Service because the USPS is the only agency that will ... continue reading >>
Where to Find Adult Ducks to Replace the One I Lost?
Thursday, March 28, 2024
If you own 2 ducks and you lose one duck to a predator or illness, you most likely will find yoursel... continue reading >>
Ducks as Pets
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Tips on Keeping Your Coop Safe from Predators
Wednesday, August 30, 2023
No matter how diligent you are, it still seems to happen from time to time, nature inevitably wins a... continue reading >>
Keeping Your Ducks Cool During A Heat Wave
Monday, July 31, 2023
Ducks can thrive in very cold temperatures – as low as 20 degrees. In addition to being extremely co... continue reading >>
Breaking Broody
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
How to Break Up Your Broody Ducks & GeeseDucks become broody when their hormones tell them it is tim... continue reading >>
Metzer Farms Statement on HPAI Oct 3, 2022
Thursday, February 2, 2023
Written on October 3, 2022Dear Customers and Friends of Metzer Farms,This past weekend was a tough o... continue reading >>
Foods Ducks Should Never Eat
Monday, January 30, 2023
Some items are just not good for your ducks to ingest. We are sending out this PSA so that you can b... continue reading >>
Guard Geese
Tuesday, January 3, 2023
“What are guard geese, and do you carry them?” We get this question quite a lot from customers and w... continue reading >>
Responsible Duck Ownership
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Metzer Farms advocates responsible waterfowl care. Domesticated ducks should never be released into ... continue reading >>
DIY Waterer Solutions for Keeping Your Pen Clean & Dry
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Everyone knows ducks love water, but water + dirt…. That creates a big mess! For ducks & geese, wate... continue reading >>
Metzer Farms - A Family Business
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
We grow more than ducklings at Metzer Farms. We grow families. continue reading >>
Guinea Fowl
Friday, August 28, 2020
Guineas are a wonderful addition to any flock or farm. They have some unique characteristics that a... continue reading >>
Friday, March 20, 2020
If you find yourself wondering about Coronavirus and poultry, you are not alone. You may be asking y... continue reading >>
Geese As Adoptive Parents
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Geese can make great adoptive parents for orphaned goslings or ducklings. While we have no scientifi... continue reading >>
What Ducks and Geese Are Good For Foraging?
Friday, March 29, 2019
Ducks are your typical omnivores. You will find that your yard will have less of a problem with pest... continue reading >>
Sebastopol Geese
Friday, March 22, 2019
Other characteristics of the Sebastopol include orange feet and bill and the eyes are commonly b... continue reading >>
Tufted Buff
Friday, March 8, 2019
We sadly no longer carry the Tufted Buff, but we thought this information would be good to share jus... continue reading >>
How Much Will My Ducks Eat?
Friday, March 1, 2019
A question that a lot of people have, including those that have been in the waterfowl community for ... continue reading >>
Introducing Your New Ducks and Geese into Your Existing Flock
Friday, February 1, 2019
When getting new ducks or geese to add to your flock, always take into consideration the introductio... continue reading >>
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Metzer Farms
Monday, December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Metzer Farms! We hope that 2018 has treated you well and tha... continue reading >>
Christmas Project 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Merry Christmas everyone!! We are in the business of ducks. As with all things, however, it’s g... continue reading >>
Christmas Egg Recipe - Yorkshire Pudding
Monday, December 17, 2018
Happy Holidays everyone! This time of the year is all about the food (and the presents, but a lot ... continue reading >>
Rouen Ducks
Friday, November 30, 2018
The Rouen has gone by a few contested names. Initially it was named after “Rhone”, an area in France... continue reading >>
Duckling to Duck in 60 Seconds!
Friday, November 23, 2018
Ever wonder how fast your duckling grows? Ask us and we’ll say that at about 8 weeks they are 90% gr... continue reading >>
Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 16, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving from Metzer Farms! continue reading >>
Getting Your Ducks and Geese Ready for Winter
Friday, November 9, 2018
As the wind cools and the pumpkins start to smile, you know that winter is coming. Time to prep for ... continue reading >>
Happy Halloween 2018!!!
Friday, October 26, 2018
Next week is Halloween! That means lots of trick-or-treating, dressing up, and having fun. Not a lot... continue reading >>
How Much Space Should I Have For My Ducks?
Friday, October 12, 2018
Bigger is always better when it comes to duck enclosures. This holds true at all stages of a duck’s ... continue reading >>
Broody Ducks
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Any experienced waterfowl owner has seen the signs of their females going broody. To new owners, h... continue reading >>
Male to Female Ratio: How Many Males and Females Should You Have for Ducks?
Friday, October 5, 2018
Every now and again we receive orders for one male and one female of just about everything. Then 5-6... continue reading >>
Hatching Process and When to Help
Friday, September 28, 2018
Hatching your own eggs is a wonderful experience. Caring for the eggs, making sure the temperature ... continue reading >>
Flight Training for Ducks and Geese
Friday, September 21, 2018
One of the most common question we get from customers is if their ducks are going to fly off when th... continue reading >>
Duclair Ducks
Monday, August 20, 2018
A very good multipurpose duck would have to be the Duclair. It was first developed in France and was... continue reading >>
Bird Shippers of America and Salmonella
Friday, August 3, 2018
Shipping poultry across the US is a very big industry. All across the nation, people are ordering b... continue reading >>
Improving Mobility in Older Geese
Friday, July 27, 2018
A customer contacted us about how she improved the mobility of her older goose, Oliver, with Cosequ... continue reading >>
Indian Runner Ducks
Friday, July 20, 2018
Indian Runner ducks are named as such as it was believed they had originated from India. They first ... continue reading >>
Khaki Campbell Ducks
Friday, July 13, 2018
The Khaki Campbell was first bred in the late 1800s by Adele Campbell in Gloucestershire, England. S... continue reading >>
Hardware Disease
Friday, July 6, 2018
Ducks and geese are omnivores. If they think it looks interesting, they will try to eat it. This esp... continue reading >>
Male vs Female: How to Identify Adult Ducks
Friday, May 25, 2018
A common question we get is if a duck is a male or female. This can be determined using a few differ... continue reading >>
Golden 300 Hybrid and White Layer Ducks
Friday, March 23, 2018
Golden 300 Hybrid ducks The Golden 300 Hybrid was developed by us in 1996 in order to meet customer... continue reading >>
Feed Mill
Friday, March 16, 2018
For both commercial farms and backyard hobbyists, feed mills are a necessity of life. Feed mills are... continue reading >>
Mallard Ducks
Friday, March 9, 2018
The most popular and well-known duck is probably the Mallard. They can be found just about anywhere ... continue reading >>
What Causes Runts?
Friday, March 2, 2018
The word ‘runt’ has a lot of negative connotation to it. Runts are thought of as weak and sickly. I... continue reading >>
Pekin Ducks
Friday, February 23, 2018
Pekin Ducklings The Pekin duck has a long history with records in China going as far back as the 13... continue reading >>
Are My Eggs Fertile?
Friday, February 16, 2018
A common question that we get is if the eggs, whether they are the eggs they receive from us, eggs t... continue reading >>
Swedish Duck
Friday, February 9, 2018
Records of the Swedish duck begin in 1835 in Pomerania which comprised parts of the current Germany... continue reading >>
Determining How To Supplement Your Duck’s Diet With Niacin
Friday, February 2, 2018
There are four easy ways to supplement your bird or flock’s diet with niacin (vitamin B3) if you fee... continue reading >>
Buff Ducks!  What are they and Where are they from?
Friday, January 26, 2018
William Cook is the father of the Buff duck. Born in 1849, he specialized in Orpington chickens and ... continue reading >>
Niacin: What is it and Why do my ducklings and goslings need it?
Friday, January 19, 2018
Niacin is also known as Vitamin B3and is vital for good health and growth in waterfowl. Compared to ... continue reading >>
What is the NPIP and a Form 9-3i?
Friday, January 12, 2018
NPIP stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan and is a cooperative agreement between the fed... continue reading >>
2018 New Year's Letter
Friday, January 5, 2018
Dear Waterfowl Enthusiasts! I first want to thank you as a very valuable customer. It is only wit... continue reading >>
Mold in Your Feed
Friday, December 29, 2017
We all want good clean feed for our birds, but sometimes mold has a tendency of appearing. Knowing ... continue reading >>
Why Has My Duck Stopped Laying Eggs?
Friday, December 22, 2017
Around mid Autumn we get a lot of questions on egg laying. Many duck owners do not know why their du... continue reading >>
How We Make Blown Goose and Duck Eggs
Friday, December 15, 2017
Blown duck and goose eggs can be used to make beautifully decorated egg art. To see examples, see ou... continue reading >>
What is Blown Egg Art?
Thursday, December 7, 2017
A blown eggs is an egg that has a hole drilled in it and the white and yolk are removed from the egg... continue reading >>
Ammonia Causes and Effects
Friday, December 1, 2017
Where there are ducks, geese, and other poultry, ammonia gas will be produced and can be harmful to ... continue reading >>
Different Types of Feed - Mash, Crumbles and Pellets
Friday, November 24, 2017
For first-time duckling and gosling owners, going down the feed aisle can be a frustrating experienc... continue reading >>
Treats Your Ducks Will Love!
Friday, November 17, 2017
Whether they are farm animals or pets, treats are enjoyed by all. Ducks are no different. Want to ... continue reading >>
Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Other Items to Consider
Friday, November 10, 2017
Welcome back to our series of posts to help you get ready BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arrive!... continue reading >>
Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Heating
Friday, November 3, 2017
Welcome back to our series of posts to help you get ready BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arriv... continue reading >>
Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Feed and Feeder
Friday, October 27, 2017
Welcome back to our series of posts to help you get ready BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arrive!... continue reading >>
Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Water and Waterer
Friday, October 20, 2017
Welcome back to our series of posts to help you get ready BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arrive!... continue reading >>
Getting Ready for Your Ducklings and Goslings: Brooder and Bedding
Friday, October 13, 2017
BEFORE your ducklings and goslings arrive, there is a lot to do and we understand that prep can be... continue reading >>
Supplying Food and Water in the Hatcher?
Monday, March 2, 2015
Less than one year ago, a company from the Netherlands, Hatchtech, introduced a new type of hatcher.... continue reading >>
Insuring Poultry Flocks In Case Of Catastrophic Disease
Monday, January 12, 2015
Funding was included in the 2014 Farm Bill to determine the feasibility of insuring poultry producer... continue reading >>
Sebastopol Geese Hatching and Raising Their Own Goslings
Thursday, January 1, 2015
The following story was written by Susan Valdina and is about her pair of Sebastopol geese that succ... continue reading >>
Comparing the Nutrients of Duck Eggs and Chicken Eggs
Monday, December 15, 2014
People often ask how duck eggs compare nutritionally to chicken eggs. Basically, duck eggs are pack... continue reading >>
Fresh Duck Egg Survey Results
Friday, November 28, 2014
As explained in our prior post, we emailed a survey on fresh duck eggs to 93 of our customers that h... continue reading >>
Post Office Proposing 75% Increase in Postage for Day-Old Poultry !!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The following blog was written when the USPS was considering increasing the postage drastically for ... continue reading >>
Geese and Children
Thursday, March 8, 2012
The following is a guest blog from Cheryl Walter with her recommendations on raising geese with chil... continue reading >>
Are Your Ducks and Geese Overweight?
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Waterfowl have a tendency to put on extra fat if given the opportunity. A reasonable amount of fat ... continue reading >>
A Picture of Metzer Farms!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have always wanted a picture drawn of our farm as I am sure many of you would like to see our layo... continue reading >>
Want to Watch Ducklings Hatching On Your Computer?
Monday, January 16, 2012
We have a camera set up in our hatcher so you can watch our birds hatch each weekend. Just go to ou... continue reading >>
Nine Steps for Effective Building Cleanout - Continued
Friday, January 6, 2012
Juan is cleaning where most of the nests are - opposite the waterers - notice the drier litter.Keep ... continue reading >>
Nine Steps for Effective Building Cleanout
Friday, January 6, 2012
Every year in November and December we have several buildings that have to be emptied, cleaned, disi... continue reading >>
Hints for First Time Poultry Exhibitors
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The following blog was written for us by James Konecny, who is the president of the International Wa... continue reading >>
9 Steps for Taking Blood Samples from Ducks and Geese
Friday, December 16, 2011
We blood test annually for pullorum for our NPIP membership, quarterly for Avian Influenza and for o... continue reading >>
The Livestock Conservancy - A Valuable Organization
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 180 breeds ... continue reading >>
Can Medicated Feed Be Used for Waterfowl?
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Can medicated feed be given to ducks and geese? Many people say No. I will explain why I feel the ... continue reading >>
Can You Move Laying Ducks During Egg Production?
Friday, November 25, 2011
If you move ducks that are laying eggs into a different pen, will it adversely affect their egg prod... continue reading >>
Crossroads Poultry Show Report
Friday, November 4, 2011
I attended my first large poultry show this past weekend - the Crossroads Poultry Show in the Indian... continue reading >>
The Absolutely P.C. Calendar
Friday, October 21, 2011
I was recently intrigued by an advertisement in Practical Poultry, a poultry hobbyist magazine publi... continue reading >>
Will Incandescent Heat Lamps For Brooding Be Banned, Too?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I am sure you have read that many incandescent lamps have been banned. But I am also sure many of ... continue reading >>
Will Postal Changes Affect Mail Order Hatcheries?
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We are extremely dependent on the US Postal Service (USPS) to ship our ducklings and goslings throug... continue reading >>
Sources of Poultry Flooring
Thursday, September 8, 2011
In my last blog I wrote how much easier your life will be if you use plastic or wire flooring around... continue reading >>
How Do I Keep It Dry Around My Duck & Goose Drinkers???
Friday, September 2, 2011
For ducks, water is more than a nutrient. It is a source of entertainment, a way to keep clean, a m... continue reading >>
"Domestic Duck Production, Science and Practice" - The Book
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I didn't know about this book until a customer told me about it. I am happy he did as we are changi... continue reading >>
Best Bedding Materials For Waterfowl
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ducks and geese use more bedding (or litter) than chickens as their droppings are wetter and they ma... continue reading >>
What Temperatures Kill In An Incubator?
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We all know the ideal temperature for incubators range from about 98 to 100.3 depending on the stage... continue reading >>
How Do We Know Pekins Originate from Wild Mallards?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
We have read that all domestic ducks (with the exception of Muscovy) originate from wild Mallards. ... continue reading >>
Two Duck Breeds Only Available July 18 and 25 This Year
Friday, July 15, 2011
For two weeks every year we hatch Silver Runners and Silver Swedish. For 2011 it is July 18 and Jul... continue reading >>
Metzer Farms at Crossroads Poultry Show in October
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I am going to the Crossroads Poultry Show in Indianapolis in late October. This is one of the large... continue reading >>
Metzer Farms' Traveling Catalog
Friday, June 24, 2011
Our catalog has been to five continents - we are only missing Australia and Antarctica! I am bumpin... continue reading >>
What Is So Special About A Constant Incubator Temperature
Friday, June 3, 2011
Most of you have incubators that have several different ages of eggs in them. And you have your inc... continue reading >>
An Experiment To Reduce Cracked Eggs
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
All our ducks are in buildings that are 40' wide. Along one side we have a 5' wide concrete pit tha... continue reading >>
Mixing Medicine for Small Flocks of Ducks and Geese
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Oftentimes there is confusion on how to mix commercial sized packages of medicine or vitamin supplem... continue reading >>
Six Steps to Keep Ducks From Eating Their Eggs
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Some poultry develop a habit of eating freshly laid eggs. We have never seen it in geese but have wi... continue reading >>
Time to Prepare Those Duck and Goose Nests!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Now that spring is approaching, it is time to prepare your nests! Whether you have 2 ducks or 1000, ... continue reading >>
Clipping Duck and Goose Wings to Prevent Flight
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Clipping the wings of your birds is really very simple. Some things to keep in mind: 1) Clip onl... continue reading >>
How To Improve Your Duck Egg and Goose Egg Hatch Rate
Friday, March 11, 2011
Modern hatcheries are now adopting the ways of Mother Nature. Only one age of eggs are put in an i... continue reading >>
Announcing New "Hidden Duck" Contest on Website
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
We have started a new contest on our website that we hope you enjoy. We have hidden a black duck so... continue reading >>
Our Pekin Duck Breeding Program
Monday, February 21, 2011
All my Pekin breeding stock comes from Grimaud Freres, a French poultry breeding company. I have man... continue reading >>
Is Your Feed Company On Our List?
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Can you buy feed that is made specifically for waterfowl? Probably not. Most of our customers cann... continue reading >>
A Friend's Great Duck Poem
Friday, February 4, 2011
Our county has three Farm Days each year. These enable all third graders in the county to have a fi... continue reading >>
Classic Roman Geese
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I was given an opportunity the other day that I couldn't pass up. Most people are familiar with Rom... continue reading >>
Are My Ducklings' Leg Problems Due to a Niacin Deficiency?
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Niacin is a critical vitamin required for the correct development of ducklings and goslings. In fac... continue reading >>
The Popularity of Christmas Geese in England
Friday, December 24, 2010
Most people in the US do not eat goose at Christmas. In England, however, fresh goose is a very popu... continue reading >>
Salted Duck Eggs - How to Prepare, Where to Sell
Saturday, December 18, 2010
In the United States, few duck eggs are eaten. In other parts of the world, however, duck eggs are a... continue reading >>
Do Ducks Prefer Showers or Baths? Research Results
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Research was conducted in England on the best way to provide cleansing water for ducks being grown... continue reading >>
How Do Our Ducklings and Goslings Actually Get To You?
Friday, December 3, 2010
The logistics involved in getting our ducklings and goslings to you are fascinating. But first I wa... continue reading >>
Best Blog Ever!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
One of the proudest moments of a father is when his beautiful daughter marries a wonderful young man... continue reading >>
Using Lights to Maximize Duck Egg Production - Part Two
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In last week's blog, we talked about how long the day length should be to maximize duck egg producti... continue reading >>
How to Use Lights to Increase Duck Egg Production
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The use of artificial lights is very important in extending the egg production of ducks. An increas... continue reading >>
Proposed Regulations for Muscovy Ducks
Friday, November 5, 2010
On March 1st of this year the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a final ruling that inc... continue reading >>
Announcement of USDA Webinar "What You Need to Know About Raising Healthy Backyard Poultry"
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The USDA is producing a webinar on Backyard Poultry Health on Friday, November 5th at 12:00 noon Eas... continue reading >>
How You Can Use Your State Veterinary Laboratory
Friday, October 22, 2010
Normally people would like to use a local veterinarian if their birds are sick. We do have a list on... continue reading >>
No Ducks Allowed in Hawaii???
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Hawaii has only one native wild duck, the Koloa and it looks much like the North American Mallard du... continue reading >>
Six Fall Projects at Metzer Farms
Friday, October 1, 2010
Spring and early summer are extremely busy times for all hatcheries. We work overtime to get everyth... continue reading >>
How Do You Make Duck Egg Yolks More Orange?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The color of a duck's egg yolk is strictly dependent on their diet. Xanthophylls (pronounced zantho... continue reading >>
Seven Steps To Reduce Salmonellae in Your Ducks and Geese
Friday, September 10, 2010
Many of you produce your own eggs and may be wondering how the current chicken egg recall might affe... continue reading >>
The Growing Demand for Fresh Duck Eggs
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What more can you ask for than endorsements from articles in Time and Sunset magazines? Metzer Farms... continue reading >>
Our Purchase of the Holderread Buff and Pilgrim Goose Flocks
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Dave and Millie Holderread own a waterfowl hatchery and preservation center and have over 60 breeds ... continue reading >>
Mixing Your Own Duck Feed and Goose Feed
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Finding the appropriate feed is one of the biggest problems for a hobbyist or small flock owner. As... continue reading >>
Results of Duck Breeder Flock Culling
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Last week we went through our Rouen, Cayuga, White Crested and Fawn and White Runner breeder flocks.... continue reading >>
How Do I Know Which of My Ducks Are Laying Eggs?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
There are several ways to determine which of your ducks are laying eggs. No one indication is proof... continue reading >>
How to Differentiate African and Toulouse Goslings
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Oftentimes we are asked how to differentiate Toulouse and African goslings because their appearance ... continue reading >>
Testimony to US Postal Commission on Mailing Day Old Poultry
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This week I spoke in front of the US Postal Regulatory Commission. As you may have heard, they are ... continue reading >>