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Why you should raise ducks!

Move over backyard chickens, here are my top 5 reasons why backyard ducks are just as awesome to raise!! 

Duck Eggs

Did you know, duck eggs are larger, taste excellent scrambled, hard-boiled or fried and have a high-fat content which makes them wonderful for making all your favorite baked goods? 

When it comes to egg production, ducks lay year-round (and before sunrise), ducks molt several times throughout the year and the molt doesn’t affect egg productions like a chicken’s. Duck eggs are more expensive than chicken eggs (supply and demand) so if you sell eggs, you can fetch a higher return for your work. 

Robust Birds

When it comes to adapting to cold or warm weather climates, ducks are easy peasy. They are very cold-hardy and also heat-tolerant. Their complex circulation system keeps their feet from suffering frostbite like combs and wattles sometimes do in extremely cold climates. 

Tired of mites, fleas, and ticks? Because ducks spend so much time in the water, you don’t have to worry about those. More importantly, ducks are seldom bothered by Marek’s, Avian Flu or Coccidiosis, which can wreak havoc on chicken flocks.  

Lastly, ducks love to gobble up mosquito larvae, slugs, and all those pesky garden pests so you can enjoy a bug-free backyard while you watch the sunset. :-) 

Ducks Love Urban Backyards! 

Domestic ducks are quiet (most of the time), they can’t fly and even clearing a low fence isn’t a worry once they are fully grown. They also don’t take dust baths or scratch up your flower beds. Overall they are less destructive than chickens so if you’re worried about landscape destruction, I think ducks would be the perfect fit for you. 

Fun fact - A male duck is called a Drake

Low Maintenance

Ducks don’t need to roost and don’t require nesting boxes (they build their own nests). This means a duck can sleep on the floor or a bed of straw. Basically, all you need to do is love them, provide them food, clean water, access to a pool/tub of water and a secure place to live. Ducks Are Great! 

Ducks love the sun, rain, and snow. They are in a good mood 365 days a year!! 

How many videos on the internet have you seen of chickens being aggressive towards each other or towards people? Ducks aren’t like that, period. You never have to watch your back when in the presence of drakes. 

Ducks are easily entertained too. Give them a head of lettuce or a handful of FLYGRUBS in their water tub and they will have themselves a fun-filled afternoon. 

There you have it. My top 5 reasons for why you should also have ducks in your backyard! Let me know what you think or share your duck stories in the comments below.


We are very aware of the problems with pet treats imported from overseas and understand ever BYC farmer’s concern.

As Americans, we specifically chose to raise FLYGRUBS on farms in China because of its advanced methods and centuries of experience in producing insects. We would love to source FLYRGUBS from within the USA, however, this is just not possible. We can't source enough to satisfy the demand, unfortunately.

To ensure we deliver the highest quality product to our customers, we closely monitor each phase of the BSF lifecycle to ensure quality and consistency for our customers and follow strict regulatory standards, enforced by US regulatory agencies.

Please feel safe knowing that FLYGRUBS are fully USDA and FDA approved. There are very strict rules in place when it comes to importing dried black soldier fly larvae into the United States. Our suppliers are registered with the FDA and every shipment comes with certificates of origin and veterinary health certificates. This documentation needs to match the stipulations on our import permit. Otherwise, the shipment will not be allowed into the country. All of the documentation has to be checked and verified by the FDA, US CBP, and USDA, along with physical inspections and checks that are also carried out on a regular basis. We also test for MDV, AIV, and IBV. Our goal is to go the extra mile for our customers and their pets. 

We work hand in hand with our mentor, and member of the EVO ConsortiumDr. John Hu, to consistently raise healthy and high-quality larvae for our customers. We don't just sell the product, we also use it! Our chickens LOVE FLYGRUBS and we look forward to hearing about how your ladies love them too!

We strongly recommend growing your own BSF, but if you don't have the time FLYGRUBS is your next best option :-) 

They are fast! How do I catch my chickens?

Have you ever seen Rocky? In one of the movie’s legendary training scenes, Rocky is shown chasing a chicken. Be it great exercise and training for a boxer, it’s not something BYC farmers normally like to spend time doing. Below are a few of our favorite tips on how we catch the girls that love making us look silly running after them.

Before we begin, never hold a bird by its neck, its wings or upside down by its legs. Please make sure you hold your birds so they feel secure and safe. A great way to handle a chicken is to place one hand between its legs and the other hand over each of its wings. Hold the bird close to your body with its head facing forward or backward.

Classic Lure

Grab some of their favorite treats (FLYGRUBS) and sprinkle them in front of a chair. Sit down in the chair and wait for the chickens to start feeding on the treats you just lay down. Once the chicken is preoccupied with the feed, you will easily be able to bend down and scoop her up.

Trap 101

You’ll need to spend a bit of money on buying or renting a trap for this one. Cages for raccoons typically work best. Make sure they don’t hurt the chicken once it’s been trapped and you should be ok to use it. Simply put some treats in the trap and wait patiently for the chickens to get curious about this new object in their backyard. Please note that if you have a large breed, you might need to ask for the largest trap your local store provides.

Family Fun

Because chickens can dodge a few people easily, maybe catching these pesky pets would be best with a larger group of people. If you’ve got a family of greater than 4 people, put them all to work. It will be fun. Maybe even make a game of it. Chances are your chicken will get tired before you especially if you have active children. Just ware her down and you’re all bound to get close enough to each other to pick her up and put her back in the coop.

Do you have a pool?

If so, use the pool skimmer net. You can drop the net over the chicken, but please remember to be gentle when untangling.

As you can see catching your chickens can be a bit of a chore. If you find yourself in any of the above situations PLEASE remember to be gentle and keep your calm. Happy BYCing, folks!

Who's Protecting Your Flock?

It doesn’t matter whether you live in the country, suburbs or an urban area there are always predators that can harm our flocks. Below we have created a helpful list that we like to call the Predator Prevention List. Take a few minutes to read it make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your hens safe.

Focus 1: Easy access to the flock, egg, vermin and chicken feed. All of these will spark the interest of predators and need to be the main focus for all chicken parents.

Protection Aids

  • Guard dogs - Coop dog or flock friends as I like to call them will protect you girls with great pride. Certain breeds, like Great Pyrenees and Maremma Sheepdogs are our favorites but we have had plenty of rescues that do a wonderful job.
  • Burrow proof coop - You can do this with a mesh floor that is attached at the base of the chicken coop or run or build a coop has a solid concrete, bricks, or timber base.
  • Protect all entry points - We use strong 10 x 10mm gauge galvanized mesh at all ventilation points.
  • Electric fencing and sensor lights- If you have the budget, an electric fence and some sensor lights can be a great predator deterrent. Lights scare them off and once the bad guys get shocked a time or two they will start to associate your girls with unpleasant experiences and likely won’t return.
  • Secure nesting boxes - Make sure your coop has nesting boxes that are only accessible by a human hand.
  • Secure the chicken feed - An automatic chicken feeder is the best way to reduce the feed spillage that attracts rats and mice. Making sure your stored feed is kept in a secure drum and remove leftover food from the run at night to prevent vermin and predators from sniffing around.
  • Strategic plants - Plant mint, lemon balm, catnip and lavender around your coop to help deter pests, rats, and mice.
  • Rooster security - Roosters naturally protect their ladies from threats. The safety of his hen harem is a rooster's number one priority and will ensure your girls are warned of any incoming predator threat and can make their way to safety.

Are your chickens ready for Spring?

Is your Spring Chicken Checklist in order? See our trip below and be sure to share with your BYC friends! Just a few simple preparations can make all the difference.

First things first, make sure you have your gloves and mask. It’s going to get dusty and most likely smelly. Next, remove everything from the coop. This means everything! Next, grab a paint scraper and scrape all the dried leftovers away. Don’t forget to look for cobwebs. Once all the bits are scraped off, sweep them to the floor are removed from the coop. Don’t forget to think twice before throwing the bedding away. That can be used as compost in the garden!

Once everything has been cleared out, get your coop clearer, a bucket and brush to and start scrubbing away. We love to use our all natural blend because we can make it at home and don’t mind the smell. If you make the blend with hot water it will ensure that you kill away all the mites that might be thinking they will survive this coop cleanse.

Now on to the perches and nesting trays. We do this after the coop so that it can dry a bit before we tackle it one more time. That way, we give everything a twice over because our girls deserve it. Once everything has been scrubbed we hose it down lightly and let it all dry out before putting everything back in. You should do this early on a sunny day so you can be sure everything has time to dry out before the sun sets in the evening.

Once everything in the coop has dried add some bedding into the nesting boxes and your girls will be happy as ever. Happy hens happy life!

Be sure to sprinkle a trail of FLYGRUBS® back to the coop for your girls to follow. They will be so pleased when they see their fresh new home.