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Friday, December 1, 2023

Welcome to the Farm


Welcome Lucy and Ethel to our little farm at The Little Garden That Could.

Lucy and Ethel are Muscovy Ducks. I began to research adding ducks to our little garden during the winter months. I read how several gardeners added ducks to the garden because they eat pests. Muscovy are a fantastic breed for pest control.

Lucy and Ethel will also provide us with eggs. They will start to lay in February.

My husband built a larger run so we could add the ducks to our little farm.


Lucy and Ethel and the Olly girls... Lolly, Polly, Dolly and Holly.


 Wanting eggs during the winter months, and with our hens taking a seasonal break, my dad gifted me two young hens that just started to lay eggs.


The white hen is Wilma.

The brown hen Betty.


New friends on the farm.




Love from your Crazy Chicken Lady with two ducks. 



  1. Love it Carla. I have to say Duck eggs are the best. I love them better than Chicken eggs. For baking they are fabulous. They are yummy too to eat. I have a friend that has a farm and gives me fresh chicken eggs and duck eggs and I have to say I am so spoiled now. There is a big difference between store bought and fresh. Happy Weekend. Kris

  2. Good luck with the new family farm members. The number of your critters continue to slowly increase. Fresh eggs in the winter is an added bonus.

    Hugs, Julia


  3. Welcome Lucy and Ethel. You have so many to take care of and it all sounds wonderful. So they can handle the snow and cold weather???

  4. How fun! I can't imagine keeping ducks and chickens, but the eggs would certainly be welcome. :)

  5. I love Muscovy ducks!! Lucky you!! Ps- Lucy and Ethel...and Wilma and Betty? Sounds like you're in for some hijinks on the farm!! Keep us posted!!

  6. Oh wow you are getting quite the collection! Have they all settled in well together? My cousin has chickens that have been retired from commercial farms so they are in quite a state when they arrive and their expected life span is only 2-3 years but they have to be careful when they introduce new hens - there is definitely a pecking order that has to be established between them.

  7. Welcome Lucy and Ethel. Will there be more critters coming in such as goats? If we lived on a farm, Bob always wanted fainting goats. Janice

  8. Lucy and Ethel and Wilma and Betty - I love it! Thanks for sharing news of your fun little flock!

  9. How kind of your dad to bring you two laying hens! And how fun to have the Olly family, I love it! I learned that I can have eggs in the winter by leaving light on for 2 hours each morning and evening. Just an LED light on a timer, and I have eggs. Amazing. They need 12 hours of light to produce eggs. I love that you've got ducks. I don't have any. May need to look into that - pest control is a good thing! Blessings to you :)

  10. Did your old gals accept the new chickens? Job well done, mine were old bitties that didn't take kindly to new hens. Loved having ducks - yours are very cute!

  11. Oh, you have new additions at your small farm, Carla. That's really something that you get fresh eggs often. I like the white hen, Wilma. Now, you have two ducks. Welcome, Lucy and Ethel. Love those names, by the way. ; )

    A Merry Christmas season to you, Carla.


  12. Lovely to see your new additions Lucy and Ethel. I'm sure they will soon settle down with your other hens/chicks.

    Happy December wishes.

    All the best Jan

  13. Hahahha I love their names! And what cuties they all are! I can just hear the gossip now, hahha! xoxo

  14. I love the names! We have 13 hens and one rooster but I only remember a few of their names! Would love to have ducks some day. Keep us posted as to how they all get along!

  15. How exciting! We have debated on adding ducks, and still haven't. Looking forward to hearing how Betty and Wilma do for you!


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