I READ once that every millionaire has more than one avenue of income. Not putting all her eggs in one basket so to speak. Making a little money from a farm is not too hard but making a PROFIT is near impossible. And laughable if the farmer were to pay herself hourly wages! But, I have developed a market and, ever an optimist, I have a new idea. A new string to my bow!
DUCKS! Or more specifically Duck EGGS.
Yes, I know what you are about to say. You tried ducks before Celi and Boo carried their dead bodies back to you after he found them ‘escaping’! But BooBoo has developed a very healthy respect for the electric fence so I can keep him away from them while they are little. And he is better trained now. Plus he is OK with adult birds it is just the babies that are at risk from him.
I sell my pork and have orders for beef but not every week. I need a weekly income.
I sell fifteen dozen eggs every week for 2.50 a pound. Duck eggs sell for SIX dollars a dozen to the chefs in Chicago. And Jake tells me they sell out on The List every week. So developing the duck egg market would increase my weekly sales.
Of course, this is not millionaire money. Scoff. Who wants that? said Nobody EVER. But with the right numbers it could join with the small profit I make on chickens eggs and become grocery money.
And speaking of this weeks grocery money I have spent it all on pasture seeds for the pig fields. (Lucky I have greens in the glasshouse and a freezer full of meat). Here is the first bag of seed. This clover likes it cool so it is will be sown with the first wave of pasture. Crimson And Clover! If it does get to maturity it has vibrant crimson flowers that the bees will love too. Though I so seldom see a bee here.
Half of this seed will be held over for a fall planting (this is a good cover crop) mixed with rye or wheat – you never know, we may have a mild winter then it will all pop up again in early spring. The pigs clear their plates every year! And I MUST get these cover crops in this autumn. But let’s get to spring first.
If this does grow for this season it is a lovely dense plant for the hogs to graze on and you know how I love flowering fields for pigs. I have more seed coming, whatever was cheap frankly! This time of year is financially tough on a little farm and the spring this year is SO LONG in coming I am having to buy extra hay. You will have seen in yesterdays line up of pages from this month going back over the years of TheKitchensGarden, that we often have green grass by now.
Anyway – I wandered off the subject there. So, I am investing in ducklings, specifically Khaki Campbells. They do well in our winters and are easy to house and are regular layers. The ducklings were $7.63c each. I have ordered twenty to start – well you can do the maths. And it will take 6 or 7 months before they start laying. More maths that I don’t want to do. They will arrive in the second week of April (I hope we have warmed up by then) along with this years replacement layers. Khaki Campbells are reported to lay for three years nonstop. I am told they are tough, friendly and reliable.
Ducks are pretty cute too! And think of the CAKES! And icecream! Oh my.
I hope you have a lovely day.
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