Ducks for Pest Management in the Garden


in today’s video we have a little
experiment ducks are gonna do garden cleanup you so I’m in the process of harvesting the
last of our garden we got some straggler Brussels sprouts there’s a couple of
pumpkins barn cat maybe a little bit of kale left over but let’s face it our
garden is done for the year no more growing no more food I hope you
got it all in jars of the freezer but it ain’t coming fresh anymore
we’ve already had two snows and so it’s done my plan is tomorrow I’m gonna
actually have the Ducks take over so what I’m gonna do is this
so that’s their duck house right out there and what I’m gonna do is drive
them along this shoot that I built and herd them into the garden and then
they’re gonna use the garden as their playpen for the next couple of days the
goal is to have the Ducks get one good meal of fresh green stuff before their
winter diet gets a little bit more flooring I also want them to poop all
over the place and help fertilize the garden for next year I’m also hoping
that they might root around and look for some insects that might have nested in
the soil and have gone dormant for the winter the idea being they can eat those
guys and reduce our pest problems next year so let’s see how this experiment
goes you’re doing a little something
different today Gary yeah there we go no reason to get freaked no
reason to get freaked it’s all good something just totally
startled these guys so they’re a little skittish right now they don’t
necessarily like the new setting which is understandable I thought it was gonna
be a real pain in the butt trying to get these guys into the garden space could
that actually worked out pretty well I’m gonna hold off on giving them their
grain this morning and a hope that it will encourage them to eat more of the
vegetables and leafy stuff right now I’m starting to see them peck around let’s
see how these guys do just left on their own for a bit so it’s been about two hours now and I’m
just checking on the Ducks they look like they’re doing pretty good you can see feather scattered here oops
let’s start to eat some of the kale down that’s for sure
I actually see they’ve been digging in here poking around looking for bugs whoo well the weather certainly has
taken a turn for the worse it’s been pouring rain all afternoon so
let’s go bring the ducks in and then we can go see what sort of effect they’ve
had on the garden let’s do this all ducks go to bed all ducks go to bed all
ducks go to bed Oh ducks go to bed
Oh ducks go to bed all ducks go to bed all ducks go to bed
Oh ducks go to bed Oh duh go to bed all ducks go to the
game all ducks oh hey whoo whoa wrong way
guys not Fred good deer hey all ducks go to bed all ducks go to
bed all ducks go to bed all dogs go to bed
all ducks go to bed there we go you were very well-behaved though hey
stay back woo that was perhaps not the smoothest putting them to bed but it
actually worked out pretty well I was really worried that lil was gonna go
pounce on him but she behaved herself she was a good cat ya know you can
definitely see an impact they’ve cleaned up a lot of stuff still some of the
higher kale you can see like the lower kale they’ve just totally nailed that
down you see those little holes right here boom is one there is one there
that’s from the Ducks going in they’re probably looking for insects so that’s
some good impact – they really did a number on these Brussels sprouts and
broccoli like you can really see it like they were in here
I’ll probably end up putting the ducks back in there again tomorrow hopefully
the weather clears up a little the more that they work in there the better it is
for the garden for next year if you guys want to see how I trained our ducks to
go to bed when I tell them to watch this video right here
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guys in the next video

100 thoughts on “Ducks for Pest Management in the Garden

  1. That's the way to do it! It works with chickens…why not ducks? They probably just don't scratch it up as much.

  2. Lots of people who raise chickens save 25% on feed by sprouting their seeds for 2 days. Sprouting longer than 2 days is not good.

  3. Geese were used for weed and insect control in cotton near Fresno in the 80’s New growth weeds follow the frequent irrigation. Geese go where tractors can’t

  4. Did you know that if you put a little bit of coconut oil on kale, it makes it easier to scrape it into the garbage.?!

  5. I'm in Minneapolis. I'd love to invite ducks to dine on the slugs. My spouse won't let me raise fowl. Is there a way to rent them?

  6. Funny when I tell my hen to go to bed they know it time to settle down especially for safety… I have a half acre lot in the woods so they are safe during the day from high flying birds but at night is the only issues I've had with owls and coyotes.

  7. Good show. I've followed your stuff. I first thought you had 1700, rather than 17 ducks. Whatever. Tiny tip: If they get shy, change your boots to a different dolor (look at yourself from their angle). Carry on, and good luck.

  8. I have something in common with ducks… We don't much care for kale. I need to get me some of these English speaking ducks.

  9. See teh video of Thailand. A thousand of ducks go to raice puddy and east all bugs. When the mater blow a whistle, all ducks come back to the truck.

  10. Doing the last of the harvesting… Brussels sprouts, kale, pumpkin..barn cat.
    🐈😄
    Ich leibe Enten💞🤸😃

  11. Should save the brussel sprout stalks for the pith.

    I split them into quarters, coat them in olive oil, and bake them in the oven. It's very savory, I like it a bit more than the brussel sprouts themselves.

  12. OK I just found your channel and I’m assuming you know a lot about ducks because I don’t. I have a question I am thinking about getting some ducks for our farm.We do have a creek and we do have chickens. What kind of ducks would you recommend, and is there any special treatment I need to do with them such as do I get them a pool since we have a creek do they live in the chicken coop and Is it OK just to have two to start with? Enjoyed your video new subscriber

  13. A fan of Jack Spirko, huh? (All ducks, go to bed.) I think this is a great idea for maintaining your garden area. I will do that when I get my "retirement" homestead. Perhaps keep the ducks on the garden during the day all winter? (Weather permitting, of course.)

  14. Those ducks are party animals up eating all their veggies and now they want to stay up all night they do not want to go to bed

  15. Hi. Love the group waddle! And it was hilarious to see them forage as one big unit— like watching a ballet. Too cute!
    —KGB

  16. What you need is a litter of rabbits. This is what I do and they eat everything. I grew 13 rabbits this way. They even chewed down corn stalks as well as huge melon plants. Of course you don't want your animals to eat tomatoes and pepper plants.

  17. Dont yell at them. You stress them out too much. Gees . Use flags or a long staff . Birds can't handle stress. Stop being an loud drunk.

  18. I just rototill it in with that years worth of compost.  I don't get to much goose poop or chicken poop in my garden, birds poop is really acidic.

  19. Mine snuck in to garden and ate all the crops one day, was both funny and frustrating at the same time.

  20. We've done that with chickens and ducks. The ducks seem to do less rooting than the chickens. Chicken can learn to go to bed on command too.

  21. Try pigs first they will root the soil up and poop. Then follow with fowl. The land will be better tilled up for the fowl to find eats. Larva in the soil and flies around the poop. Plus you get both pig and bird poo. “Seven Sons” has a YouTube vid.

  22. The two white ducks are so havy .so making them walk like that so fast will injure there legs . Because this are pet ducks they are so sensitive to that kind of movment and its stress them . You can try to catch the 2 white duck and move them smoothly by hand .

  23. I’ve owned ducks before and I can vouch they are great for pests. I had a hen duck that we would pick up and take around our rural home to pick slugs off the wall.

  24. Ducks, Cats, Chicken, Dogs. The only animals I need. I don’t want to be scraping giant cow and pig turds leave that to the giant mega farm factories with robots 😂

  25. How to train ducks to go to bed; 1. walk towards them. 2. Yell “all ducks go to bed!” Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all ducks go to bed 🛌

  26. Release the Quacken. hee hee I love your duck herding cat, too. She did a good job heading them off at the door.

  27. Just binge watching all of your duck videos. Just love your style and take on duck raising along with I'm learning a lot. I hope you will get the duck breeds I have some day so I can learn more from another keeper. Sadly not as many educational videos on yt of my breeds. Just thought I would note that. Thank you

  28. NOT AN EXPERIMENT….ITS A KNOWN FACT… WE HAD DUCKS WHEN I WAS LITTLE TO DO THE SAME THING OUT IN THE BACK 40.
    AND THEY DID! SO PUT THEM IN THE GARDENS AND LET THEM CLEAN OUT THE BUGS.

  29. YOU'RE YELLING ALL DUCKS GO TO BED…WAAAAYYYY TOO MUCH! ITS STARTLING THEM..ITS NOT NECESSARY… SOUNDS RIDICULOUS. STOP REPEATING YOURSELF… SAY IT ONCE, TWICE, WAIT…..SAY A LITTLE BIT LATER….AND SPACE IT OUT..YOU SAY IT IN A WAY THAT IS LIKE ITS AN EMERGENCY!!!! SAVE THAT FOR WHEN IT IS AN EMERGENCY. YOU SAY IT TOO LOUD, TOO MANY TIMES. COME ON.

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