The Carolina Bee Company is, as its name implies, focused entirely on bees and the by-products generated through the process of bee farming. As you may remember, about 7 months ago, we moved into a new farmstead. Our intention has always been to expand well beyond honey bees, while still keeping honey bees as our primary focus. Our plan is to incorporate sheep, poultry and fowl, and also grow berries and some fruits and nuts. We'll likely do some gardening, though we don't think that produce will be part of the "business" of farming.
For the time being, we have been on pause for these plans and just trying to get moved in and get a better understanding of the land we have. We are going to be taking a sheep workshop in July, and we are investing in some equipment to prep for 2016. Like all good plans though, plans can start to kick into motion a bit sooner than expected...
Friends with ducks...
We got a call about a month ago from a friend: "Hey! My ducks just had babies. I can't raise any more ducks and they have taken over my swimming pool. You have a pond, would you like some ducklings?"
Ducks! So of course we said yes. We were not ready for them in the least, and we know nothing about ducks, but... we do have an old chicken run. And yesterday... we officially took our first tentative step towards that dream of a generalized farming operation. Our friend showed up yesterday with 12 adorable ducklings in a dog carrier. A tractor supply run later for a feeder, waterer and some hay bedding... and we are now duck-herders! Durders?
Ducklings! We'll keep these Muscovy ducklings enclosed for another month at least until they hit a mature size and are feathered out. After that, we'll introduce them to our pond and there abouts, and there they shall remain. In the meantime, we are apparently scaring them to death every time to we come to visit, though they seem to be calming down a bit. Just adorable.
We present you with "adorable" packaged as 12 ducklings...
The Carolina Bee Company, what's in a name?
A challenge: Now that our business is moving beyond bees... We have to come up with a new name. "The Carolina Bee Company" will continue to exist, but it will have to become a subsidiary of something else. What that something else is, we don't know. We have bounced a lot of bad names around, but so far, nothing has jumped out at us. If you have a good name for a general farm for us...please let us know.
Thanks! And I hope you enjoy the duckling photos! We'll keep you a'breast of their progress! Har har.
- Muscovy ducks by Burke's Backyard - Important reminder: "They do not enjoy being caught and picked up and will squirt their droppings as a form of defense." ;)
- Muscovy ducks by Wikipedia - Native to South America and originally domesticated by Native Americans. Muscovy ducks are a different subspecies than other domestic ducks (mostly bred from the Mallard) and are distant enough that cross-breeding will lead to sterile progeny.
- Did you know? Ducks are collectively called "ducks". Whereas "duck" is the species shorthand for the bird, it can also refer to the gender of the bird. I.e. a female duck is called... a duck! A hen is to a chicken as a "duck" is to a duck. :) A male duck is a "drake".