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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
or you can watch something else or as always be sure to subscribe I’ll see you
guys in the next video

Reynold King

100 Replies to “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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 .

  5. 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.

  6. 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 😂

  7. 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 🛌

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. You don't have to train ducks to go to bed. When I was a kid in Vietnam living with my grandma some 40 years ago, the ducks would leave our premise and come home at dawn. They tuck themselves in and we just close the shed door.

  13. Big domestic ducks are also very efficient anti-frog patrollers; frogs and their spawn are summarily dredged out and pumped down the hatch and disposed of.

  14. Thank you for creating these videos. It's a joy to watch the ducks and geese, and to have you explain your thought processes.

  15. The rain was helpful for them to be able to dig and swallow what they find. Next spring if you get a pair of goslings and pen them near the garden you can throw weeds you want to be removed to them. Geese are herbivores and will earn the tasty stuff. After a month or so when your vegetables are little bigger you can turn the geese loose in the garden and they will weed and fertilize. A good duck-herding stick is helpful. A 5 or 6-foot section of cane with a loop of plastic-coated cable attached to the thinner end- Mine was large enough to put both ends of the cable into the cane and glue it in with a wrapping of tape to secure it while it dried. The loop should be put in so that it is slightly curved, and being flexible doesn't hurt the little guys. If you make the loop just a little smaller than the ducks' bodies you can use it as a safe catchpole in case you need to catch one to medicate or clip its wings.

  16. Ducks were proven to be useful towards Farming and Agriculture in Japan. There were Many Farmers that noticed a drop off in their Rice paddies yields over a decade or more of Modern Farming techniques ( using pesticides ). What they did was to Return to the Old School pesticide technique of using Ducks to kill/eat the pest!!! Within a few years Yields were skyrocketing agian because the pesticides did not ruin things anymore, and the Ducks were better for the Soil because of their shit which acts as a natural fertiliser to improve the soils quality! Also in the paddies because of the Ducks there were small ( fingerlings/ fish ) that started to return to the flooeded rice fields which further improved the water and soil quality. Mother Nature Knows what it's doing!!! Our use of chemicals etc undoes a lot of what mother nature does for free!!! Allowing mother nature to do her job means you dont have to waste money on pesticides or fertilisers and can make your Balance book look a lot more healthier as well as increasing a dwindling yield.

  17. IMO. Listening to your "go to bed" command diverted a lot of their attention from watching where they were going. My mother would complain that she couldn't see while driving if there was loud music on the radio or her passengers were screaming. May she RIP.

  18. Our Duck Zeke just last week was attacked & killed 😓 something got into his cage & your videos are bittersweet. We rescued him with a broken foot kayaking this summer on my birthday. Got him healed up. He was THE BEST. Followed us around everywhere. Hung out in the bathtub with the kids. HE had just started laying eggs (so SHE) the week before…miss her so much.

    We really thought it was a boy.

  19. All ducks go to bed. Hahaha . Wish this worked with kids too. Accept for that one wrong turn , they were pretty obedient .😃

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