Raising Pekin Ducks: A Rewarding Commitment


Tamara WilmRebecca Jackson and her husband Dan live in unincorporated Harrisville, Wisconsin on a 130-year old farmette. They purchased the land in an effort to return to her homesteading roots growing up.

Working from home, and the property's chicken coop, gave Jackson the opportunity to raise livestock. Once the farmette had more than twenty chickens she decided to expand.

Jackson says, "I decided on ducks because they were less likely to be aggressive, and [they were] smaller." After going through learning curves with drake (male) ducks — who didn't get along well with the resident chickens — she received a box of three peeping babies.

An early morning call from the Post Office signaled their arrival. "I found a hatchery in Missouri where I could request all females in a small quantity, and they were overnighted to me the day they hatched!"

Photo courtesy Rebecca Jackson
Photo courtesy Rebecca Jackson

The Pekin ducks are named Adelaide, Luna, and Pudder. These days, the three-year old birds live with the chickens in the coop, but they started out in the house.

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