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Laughing Ducks Farm
Contact: Peggy and Lee Gorman
Address: 230 Gaver Road Havana, FL, 32333
Email Address: laughingducksfarm@gmail.com
Phone: 850-459-3858
About Us
Hey, and Hallo...
Welcome to, Laughing Ducks Farm. This is a small poultry farm specializing in ducks and chickens. All the birds are kept for eggs and meat. There are Pekin Ducks, Rhode Island Red hens, Delaware hens, and a fine Delaware Rooster named KFC. The ducks and the chickens are my first production birds.
Ducks have such amazing personalities. It was the Pekins that named the Farm. Pekins are some of the sweetest ducks. They waddle in a straight line better than kids at a concert. They remind me of novice nuns in all white habits, these ducks with their soft, white feathers. They bow to each other when they mate. After they hatch, they impression and form their own little "duck clicks." I think one of their best attributes is how they sound. They stand around like a wedding party on a coffee break and "talk". They honk and jabber so much it sounds like a bunch of people laughing at a good joke! I thought Laughing Ducks Farm was the happiest name I could think of for them. I like happy. And that's how my duck’s named the farm. I hope that makes "you" happy.
A few years ago I was asked to take time off and see a doctor. The results were not what I hoped for. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. It makes life real interesting. I've been out of work over a year. So....
"Welcome to my lemonade stand!", really this is what I did with the lemons I was given. I love what I do. I am by nature a workaholic. I was losing my naturally pleasant and sunny personality. My work was everything to me. I kept up and took care of my existing clients but it just hasn't been easy to get back on the pony and ride. In short, when my nails grew out and got long? I realized, "I need something to do."
I was picking up dog and cat food at Tractor Supply back in the spring of ’15. They had these watering tanks full of chicks and ducklings. Standing there, I thought they were the cutest little puff balls with pipe cleaners for legs, that I had ever seen. I am a very lucky lady. When my darling husband came home he didn't demand we take them back. Six months later I added a full grown Delaware Rooster whose spurs and beak had been cut poor thing. He grew them back in time. He is a gentlemanly soul and protects his ladies. His hens have been happy, ever after. Now I breed my own chicks and ducks.

Seriously though, these are Heritage breeds of chickens and ducks I keep in my flocks. The Delaware and Rhode Island Red chickens are for eggs and meat. In an expansion phase, I'm adding Dark Cornish and Sussex chickens, for meat and eggs. There are also new ducks being added. The Welch Harlequin and Appleyard Ducks with the Pekins for meat and eggs. This is just an old-fashioned farm. I want to give you amazing oppotunities to enjoy new flavors on your dinner plate and healthier ones to choose from. I use only the heritage breeds. I provide a feed that is organic and non-GMO. I don’t include soy. I do include flax seed to increase natural levels of the amino acid Omega 3. They don’t need antibiotics unless it is life-threatening and due to holistic practices, no antibiotics or any other medicines have ever been given to my birds. If they needed it neither their eggs or meat would be for sale. It takes more than getting it out of their system. It means waiting until they are well again. It would be at least two weeks after they are finished with treatment. Any medical needs will be done with bird and human-friendly herbs, diatomaceous earth, a little betadine on owwies, and stuff like that. In fact, the only thing that’s ever been on hormones around here is me. Chemicals are all bird, and human-friendly, non-toxic but effective against, microbes, bacteria, and fungus. My animals are healthy and free range happy. We hope you will give our eggs a try. (Meat is not available at this time.)


Practices
My Husband and I shepherd an Earth-friendly Farm. After thinking long and hard about the names and labels applied to chickens and ducks and their products, Lee and I are concerned about what the terms below mean and their practices. We choose to call ourselves an "Earth-friendly Farm. The Farm does not have an Organic Certificate. The decision to get one was a hot topic for awhile at our Farm. Trouble is, Lee and I keep our birds like our ancestors kept them. Our eggs have deep golden, rich, yolks. The meat tastes like what our Grandparents put on the table. We are humane to them when we butcher and respect the sacrifice the bird is making for us. Finally, after deeply meditating on the idea "Organic" supplies. After giving it careful consideration it does not request enough of us. Lee and I believe it's right to respect and keep them in a way that helps them feel a sense of home. We feel like we go the extra mile. The effect "Organic" would have on our birds to acquire a "label" would be devastating to their health and happiness. Those are things that are very important to us. We've decided not to accept these practices or put them in place on our Farm at this time. I thought you might want to know why?
First: Whether you are talking about chickens or ducks both have two plus acres to wander and forage on. They are turned out at sunup and go to bed at sundown. They are truly free-range. They sleep in their coup perched on their roost or in their pen(ducks). The only thing on this farm that lives in a cage is a bad dog in timeout! I have two dogs Gypsy and Hope, they both live here. Sometimes when Jack (a sweet stray) comes by for a few days to eat and rest, I have three. They never bother my birds. Good dogs get treats! My birds are content in their home. They get oatmeal for breakfast, and snack all day. If I put Organic Practice in place I would have to cut off this activity because they are foraging for bugs and worms. I actually add worms to my soil to make sure they get enough.
Second: My girls are omnivores. They like meat. I would have to keep them in a pen to keep them away from bugs. They wouldn't be free range then or happy. They love to eat bugs and would get inadequate nutrition for their needs without them. Once or twice a month I add worms and minnows (ducks) for better protein. This is how they kept pace with time. Before they became domesticated animals they had access to everything they are fed. They eat green grass, and my garden plants until we fenced in the garden. They get oats, flax seed, black sunflower seeds, and rye for supper. For scratch, they get cracked organic corn and apples to peck. I feed them what they are designed to eat.
Third: We use Holistic treatments for illness. The only time an antibiotic ever comes into play is if the illness is life-threatening. Then they are kept inside in a carrier in case they need a vet. The eggs are thrown to the dogs and cats because we wouldn’t want to waste them. The birds get two weeks of probiotics and fermented grain before they rejoin the flock. This should give adequate time to get them back to health.
Fourth: They receive no GMO’s in any form. No Hormones, not even my meat birds are treated differently. They all eat very healthy and are happy birds. If you would like to come by and see them come on. They eat grain right out of my hand!
We intend to make sure they are grown Earth Friendly. We hope you appreciate our desire to give them the best because they give us their best.

This chart at GreenerChoices.org (also run by Consumer Reports) provides more detailed information on different chicken labels. Here are the ones that most of us will come up against while grocery shopping:
Organic: In order to be labeled “USDA Organic,” the chicken had to have been fed not just a vegetarian diet, but a diet that does not include any genetically modified ingredients or toxic synthetic pesticides. It also means that antibiotics cannot be used for anything other than medically necessary antibiotics (though some may argue that there are farmers who stretch the boundaries of what is medically necessary). However, chickens can be provided with antibiotics during their first day of life; the drug-free rule kicks in the day after the shell breaks open.
Organic certification, this requires annual inspections, mandates that access to the outdoors be provided for the chickens, but sets no specific standards for the size of the outdoor area, the size of the door leading between inside and outside, or the amount of time the birds spend outdoors.
No antibiotics: These chickens are never given antibiotics, including in the egg. That said, there is no inspection process to verify this label before it is employed.
No hormones: This label can be used on all conventionally raised chickens in the U.S. as the use of hormones in not allowed in the production of chickens for market. So if you see “no hormones” on a label, it just means “chicken.”
Cage-Free: Another label that is just touting the industry minimum, says CR. “No chickens raised for meat in the U.S. are kept in cages. Neither does it mean that the birds have access to the outdoors.”
Free-range: The only difference between conventionally raised chickens and free-range is that the chickens have access of some sort to the outside. Once again, there are no standards for the size of the outdoor area or for the door to the outside, and inspections are not required to use this label.
No GMOs: To get the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label, the chicken’s feed must be comprised of less than 0.9 percent of genetically modified crops. Verification is required for this label.
Natural: CR dubbed this one “the most misleading label” of the bunch, as more than half of the survey respondents said they believed “natural” meant the chickens didn’t receive antibiotics or chow down on feed containing GMOs. 42% of respondents said they thought the term meant the chickens were raised outdoors, while 1-in-3 said they thought it meant the same as “organic.” The only substantial requirement for “natural” chicken breasts is that they contain no artificial ingredients, but even then there is no process to verify this claim.