Duck, Goose & Chicken Hatchery

Blog: Duck And Goose Management

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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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: 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>