I have processed one duck, about two years ago, and that was not easy. I decided that I would skin them, they are hard to pluck. After that one try I gave up on eating them. I did find a sale on wax, which is what helps extract feathers. When I try this wax process I will let it be known how it goes. The ducks seem to do well with the “nature tax collectors” considering how clumsy and slow they are. They are pretty cool to watch.
We have tubs and buckets that catch rain water from the barn. The ducks love those little ponds. I have hatched some ducklings in the incubator and raised them with chicks. The ducks make a big mess of the water when they are in a pen, they mix food and dirt with the water. Like most animals they have a pecking order.
A duck egg is about 20-25% larger than a chicken egg. Ducks eggs are supposed to make a cake many times moister than chicken eggs, I can’t speak to how moist a cake would be since we have eaten no grains for a year and cakes without flour and sugar are a bit different.
I had a pair of geese about 20 years ago. They got into everything that was not fenced. The geese would come up behind you and pinch your back end if you were squatting down. I used to grab them by their beak so they mostly left me alone. One of them used to go after Joette all the time, the gander would sneak up behind her while she would be fending off a rooster in the front. After a while they grew tiresome and I did not want to eat them so they had to go. I put the pair of geese in the back of my Ramcharger, grab a Guiness, and drove down a bunch of dirt roads until I found them a good home.
This spring I plan on hatching out a bunch of ducklings, if they leave their eggs where I can find them, unless they hatch their own.