Around the beginning of July, it was as if a flip was switched within our little ponds — the duckweed
started growing like crazy! Our ducks are too big to be worth
moving back to the ponds to dine, so I figured — why not bring the
duckweed to them? It only took me a couple of minutes to scoop up
about a gallon of duckweed, tadpoles, and water bugs, and after the
ducks realized the bucket wasn’t going to bite, they dived in with
relish. Within minutes, every bit of greenery was gone.
I wrote last week that our ducks are too lazy to produce good-quality eggs since they don’t forage much.
However, my duckweed bucket suggests that I’m just not embracing the
duckness of ducks (as Joel Salatin would say). Although you can raise waterfowl on dry land,
that’s not the role they’re best suited for. Perhaps a bucket of
duckweed a few times a week is a happy compromise that will keep our
ducks healthy and make them a more sustainable part of the homestead?