Genuine Faux Farm
Ducks at the Genuine Faux Farm are pasture raised and provided with shelter that they may or may not take advantage of when they wish it. Birds are given a base diet mixed by a local producer (Frantzen Farms) who has organic certification. Their diet is supplemented by foraging and organic produce that is no longer fit for sale or distribution. We do not hatch our own chicks, we are a 'finishing' operation only at this point. Our duckling provider has changed over the past couple of years.
Our order of Muscovey ducklings usually arrives at the end of May and we raise the birds through September. Ducklings are kept in shelter until they are old enough to be outside full-time. They need to be big enough to regulate their temperatures and be able to seek shelter when there is a threat. We keep birds in a pasture that is fenced in to prevent them from getting into the vegetable gardens. It helps us to protect them if they are inside an electric fence and we know where they are.
Our ducks don't particularly care to be handled, but we also don't care to handle them. They do have some sharp talons on their feet that can easily cut a human hand. This does not mean that they are agressive. Rather, they tend to simply 'ease' themselves around us when we are in their pasture area. They know we are the bringers of water and food and they don't see us as a threat that require extreme measures. All in all, it is generally a mutually tolerant relationship between the ducks and the humans.
The photo above is Yogi, the duck. Yogi was with us several years ago. She was too small to process for meat, so we opted to try to get her through a winter with the chickens. Ducks are 'sloppy' drinkers and love to dunk their heads into water, so ice tended to build up on the front feathers of this bird. It would get so heavy, she could not walk more than a couple of steps at a time. As a result, we brought her into the house and placed her into a carrier to defrost. As a point of interest, she did not make a sound while in the house - but she told all of the chickens about us once she was brought back out.
Preparing For Eating
Muscovy are preferred by many chefs due to the low fat content and excellent flavor. In fact, Muscovy duck have less fat content than Peking duck, turkey, lamb, beef and pork. These ducks also have higher protein levels than other ducks, lamb, beef and pork. Muscovy's have an average of 50% more breast meat than other ducks.
Duck meat is darker than chicken or turkey and has a very consistent quality. Texture is somewhere between turkey and pork and it has a richer flavor than chicken or turkey. We recommend roasting duck in the oven, sticking to the philosophy of lower temperatures over longer cooking periods.
The drakes (males) are usually about twice the size of the hens (females) at maturity. Hens tend to average 4 pounds processed and drakes that average 8 pounds. These are available to all who are interested. You may reserve a bird and indicate whether you would prefer a hen or a drake. Price for hens is $6.75/lb and drakes are $6.50/lb. You may reserve a duck by signing up at Hansen's Outlet or by sending an email to email@example.com
Our birds are sold directly to the consumer and are first come, first served. If you wish to reserve a bird with us, please contact us via email or in writing. Do not asssume you have a reserved bird unless you receive a reply from us! At this time, we do not ask that you place a deposit with us to reserve the birds. But, we do ask that you work with us to take possession of the bird soon after processing. We ask that you pay at the point of delivery. We also ask that you honor your commitment with us so we can continue to take reservations without deposits.
background photo copyright L.E.Bartel 2005