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Daffy Duck, of Warner Brothers fame, is probably a Black Swedish - the only difference is that Daffy has white on his neck and a Black Swedish has white on its chest.
All Runners were originally bred in Southeast Asia for high egg production and excellent mobility. There is evidence of their ancient ancestry from stone carvings in Java that are over 2000 years old. These ducks are still being used as they were then. Flocks of ducks are herded daily from field to field eating waste rice, weed seeds, insects, slugs and other bugs. They are then put in a bamboo pen at night where they lay their eggs and are released the following morning to clean other fields. During the course of their lives the ducks may cover hundreds of miles in their travels. Therefore, a hardy mobile duck is absolutely necessary - you will not find a better foraging duck than the Runner.
The greatest nutritional needs of newly hatched birds are water, carbohydrates and protein. We have found a product, GroGel, that has been especially formulated to meet these needs. It also aids their immune and gastrointestinal systems. We will prepare it, place it in a Dixie cup, and attach it to the inside of the box so your birds can eat it during their journey to your home. When your birds arrive, normally all that is left is an empty trough and green droppings. GroGel is a super hydrating gel (sort of like ground up jello) that is bright green to attract the birds and will hold the nutrients and moisture until consumed. Providing GroGel is an excellent way to give your birds a healthy start and helps protect them if there is any delay along the way. GroGel Bird Starter is included for all ducklings and goslings at no charge.
The Khaki Campbell is one of the more famous and popular duck breeds due to its excellent egg production. It was introduced in 1901 by Mrs. Adele Campbell of Gloucestershire, England. She experimented with Runners crossed with Rouen and Mallards but never revealed the exact genetic makeup of her Campbells. The advantage over the pure Runner was a more useful carcass for meat and improved egg production. Though they have been turned into an exhibition type breed, she was adamant that her birds were designed for production, not the exhibition hall. Commercial Meat and Egg Production Brochure
One of our most popular duck egg products is our balut (Filipino) or hot vit lon (Vietnamese). This is a duck egg that has been incubated for 17 days and removed from the incubator for boiling and consumption. It is considered a delicacy and highly nutritious. We remove the eggs from the incubator on Thursday, candle them to ensure quality, and ship or mail them the same day. If you have a party for which you need the eggs by Friday or Saturday, contact us as we should ship by Express Mail to ensure they arrive on time. We do not cook the balut. Please Note: We cannot accept orders on the site for duck eggs shipping to Hawaii . If you live in Hawaii, please phone us to order salted eggs or balut.
We are now selling our duck eggs under a new brand, Olinday Farms. These are the same great duck eggs you are used to eating but with a new name. We feel it is important to keep our Metzer Farms' brand focused on day-old ducklings while developing a stand-alone brand for fresh duck eggs. Olin Metzer bought the first flock of ducks in our family over 60 years ago and we wanted to celebrate him and the "all day egg" with Olinday Farms duck eggs.
As with the African goose, the Chinese goose originates in China from the wild Asiatic Swan goose. The most distinguishing feature of the Chinese and African geese is their raised knob. Interestingly, the wild Swan goose does not have this feature. It must have been developed after domestication. As the knob is soft skin and not scaly, it is warm to the touch. White Chinese are the most prolific egg laying geese and it is not unusual to have them lay in the fall or winter. Earlier records have egg production of 50-60 eggs per year, with exceptional birds laying 100 eggs. This is now extremely rare, with most Chinese geese laying from 30-45 eggs.
NEW!! Fresh Duck Eggs from Olinday Farms! Our same delicious fresh duck eggs, with a new name and free shipping! ORDER FRESH DUCK EGGS FROM OLINDAY FARMS We are now selling our duck eggs under a new brand, Olinday Farms. These are the same great duck eggs you...
Albumen - The egg white. Blood Feather - The stage of growth in a feather where the vein in a live quill carries nutrients to the growing feather. Blood Ring - Circular blood remnant visible when an egg is candled, signifying that the embryo has died at a young ag...
DRAFT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR USE OF DUCKS AS APPLE SNAIL CONTROL IN LO`I KALO. On January 25, 2005 a meeting was held with taro farmers, duck breeders, snail specialists, avian biologists, Division of Forestry and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives i...
Duck Eggs Booming in the US An article about Metzer Farms' Duck Egg Production in Poultry World Magazine, November 2019 Issue Why Not Duck Eggs? An article by John Metzer for Chicken Whisperer Magazine. <!-- The Advantages of Ducks and Their Eggs Sioux Nation Ag - Wint...
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{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "We grow more than ducklings at Metzer Farms. We grow families." }, { "type": "copy", "value": "Many companies boast that they have a family-friendly atmosphere, but few can back it up with proof of their commitmen...
{"contents": [ { "type": "image", "value": "blog/Art72Pic1.jpg" }, { "type": "copy", "value": "The Rouen has gone by a few contested names. Initially it was named after \u201cRhone\u201d, an area in France known for its food and wine (though what part of F...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": " Hatching your own eggs is a wonderful experience. Caring for the eggs, making sure the temperature is just right, ensuring there is enough humidity, and then going through the nerve wracking experience of watching the chicks\u2019 strug...
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{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "NPIP stands for the National Poultry Improvement Plan and is a cooperative agreement between the federal government and poultry producers. It was started in the 1930s to eliminate Pullorum disease by encouraging farms to test and elimina...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": " We all want good clean feed for our birds, but sometimes mold has a tendency of appearing. Knowing what is dangerous, how to identify it, and how to treat it is a priority should you come across a mold problem in your feed.\r\n\r\nThe m...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Around mid Autumn we get a lot of questions on egg laying. Many duck owners do not know why their ducks have slowed down or stopped laying all together. The simple answer is that ducks are similar to chickens as laying is heaviest during...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Less than one year ago, a company from the Netherlands, Hatchtech, introduced a new type of hatcher. What is so special about this hatcher? It has food and water in the hatcher so the birds can start eating and drinking immediately after...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "The following blog was written when the USPS was considering increasing the postage drastically for live animals in 2013. They did not act on this proposal. We have no idea if or when they will reconsider it.\r\n\r\nThe Post Office is ...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "We blood test annually for pullorum for our NPIP membership, quarterly for Avian Influenza and for other diseases as required for exporting to different countries. The following directions will work for taking blood samples from chicken...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "All our ducks are in buildings that are 40' wide. Along one side we have a 5' wide concrete pit that has a wire floor over it. Nipple waterers run the length of the building, centered above this pit. Most of the nests are on the opposi...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Some poultry develop a habit of eating freshly laid eggs. We have never seen it in geese but have with ducks. It can be prevented if you follow these steps, with the most important first." }, { "type": "image", "v...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "We have started a new contest on our website that we hope you enjoy. We have hidden a black duck somewhere on the website. Everyone that finds the black duck and registers their find will be entered in a drawing each month for a $40 gi...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "I was given an opportunity the other day that I couldn't pass up.\r\nMost people are familiar with Roman Tufted geese, a smaller white goose with a tuft of feathers on their head. But more common in Europe is the Plain Headed Roman goose...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Normally people would like to use a local veterinarian if their birds are sick. We do have a list on our website of Recommended Veterinarians that specialize in avian species and/or have been recommended by customers that have used them ...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Spring and early summer are extremely busy times for all hatcheries. We work overtime to get everything hatched and shipped during those frantic months of March through June. We hatch year round but two thirds of our business is in this ...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "We export ducklings and goslings around the world. Within the past twelve months we have shipped to:\r\n\r\n North America: Mexico, Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec,New Brunswick & Prince Edw...
{"contents": [ { "type": "copy", "value": "Many of you produce your own eggs and may be wondering how the current chicken egg recall might affect you. Demand for your eggs may go up as more and more people are turning to locally produced eggs. But locally produced does not nece...
I just wanted to post a testimonial on your website. I ordered 10 ducklings and they arrived happy and healthy. This is the first time I've ordered from a hatchery and I'm very pleased with my new baby ducklings.
We bought 10 Welsh Harlequin duck eggs from you a couple of years ago. Arrived in Alaska beautifully and 10 were fertile (you sent 12). Almost 3 years later, we have adored our ducks and this breed is the sweetest.
I want you to know I've spent hours on Metzer Farms website, learning all I can, to make my duck's lives better. Thank you for all your info you put out there to help those of us who need it! Metzer Farms is the greatest!
Most of your testimonials are from new owners, but we wanted you to know that years later, we still appreciate the help and advice on breed selection and if I could convince my partner to get a third goose, you will have our business again.
Thank you so much for all of your kindness and help. I'm taking measures now to test and fix the incubator. Thank you for everything.
I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know my geese arrived this morning healthy, happy and ready to go! They are doing wonderfully and have the greatest little personalities! Thank you for my beautiful babies!
I received 5 Silver Appleyard ducklings two days ago. I just wanted to let you know that they arrived safely and they are the sweetest little birds! They are all healthy, eating, drinking and of course pooping like crazy. Thanks for my feathery cuties!
I found Metzer online to ship us 3 new Pekins as the stores around us were out for the season. They shipped them in this perfectly figured out box. They were the 2nd cutest things I've seen (my kids are the 1st only by a hair). They were healthy, happy, and gloriously wonderful.
We bought 10 Welsh Harlequin duck eggs from you a couple of years ago. Arrived in Alaska beautifully and 10 were fertile (you sent 12). Almost 3 years later, we have adored our ducks and this breed is the sweetest.
I just wanted to post a testimonial on your website. I ordered 10 ducklings and they arrived happy and healthy. This is the first time I've ordered from a hatchery and I'm very pleased with my new baby ducklings.
I bought my 8 mallards when they were less then a week old from a local feed store. My thought was I would raise these ducks so I could give back to the earth what my husband (a avid duck hunter) has taken away. The store had only 8 left so I bought all 8 expecting some of them not to make it sin...
She's my little white duck and I love what I got. <br><br> I have a little duck named Sofy Sue<br> The sweetest little Pekin that never flew<br> She has orange webs flapping on the floor<br> When I think she's...
Oh, don't get me wrong, I love my little flock of 10 geese. But they are trying at times, particularly when they got into my garden patch and ate all my pumpkin, watermelon and sunflower starters to the ground. They even went for the pepper plants but stopped short after a few bites. I don't herd m...
I purchased "Pong" in the Spring of 1995, when I was in third grade. My father had found a stray and lonely Rouen duckling wandering in the roadway, and brought it home for me to raise. I decided "Ping" (Yes, like the Duck in the book) needed a companion. Ping and Pong became the best of frien...