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Ducks in a RowLast spring we decided to get ducks. I had never spent a great deal of time around water fowl. Aside from the occasional park encounter, I had spent a summer at a friends’ farm in Big Sur where he had a few ducks and geese. I also really appreciated the way he would walk them to their pond everyday, and how they would laugh at him when he was working in the garden. I had no idea just how much fun they would be to have around!

Our duck tale started with tragedy; such a common element in farm stories. As ducklings, our dog Raven snagged one through their little fence. Then in the fall, a hungry bear broke open the duck house and managed to catch and eat two more. This left us with one male Indian Runner, 3 Cayuga females and 2 Blue Swedish females. These are all “Runner” ducks, so they don’t fly, but they do enjoy foraging and swimming. Somedays it feels like we have a wandering comedy troupe waddling around the farm cracking jokes and making fun of us all. Because ducks are FUNNY!

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And now, in addition to their comedic stylings, we get the wonderful bonus of fresh duck eggs. This led me to do some research on the difference between chicken eggs and duck eggs. Here is what I found:

  1. Duck eggs have a thicker shell and a longer shelf life
  2. Yolks of duck eggs are larger, and their is a greater yolk to white ratio
  3. Duck eggs are an alkaline food, while chicken eggs are acidic
  4. Duck eggs have higher caloric content, higher protein, and slightly higher levels of minerals (selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium and iron)
  5. Duck eggs are also higher in vitamin content (thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and retinol)
  6. They are also higher in amino acids than chicken eggs
  7. Duck eggs also have almost twice the cholesterol as chicken eggs
  8. Anything a chicken egg can do, a duck egg can do better 🙂
  9. In fact, many bakers report that using duck eggs makes their cakes rise higher and provides them with excellent taste due to their high fat content

I’m looking at using duck eggs in Pi Creamery’s line of goat milk ice cream. I am excited to see if the texture is richer or if they contribute the creaminess of the ice cream. It may not be a standard, as they are harder to come by, but I will test them in some of the initial batches of ice cream do out at the end of April.

In the meantime, Lazy T Ranch is selling duck eggs, $4 for half a dozen. Contact us if you are interested (and live in the Rogue Valley!)

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Pi Today’s the day! As part of the rollicking, outrageous, and ever-in-the-news celebrations of this special date — 3-14 a.k.a. “Pi day” — we are excited to officially launch Pi Creamery into the world.

As many of you know, we love our goats!  These special creatures are a big part of our farm family, and for 9 months each year they provide us with gallons of healthy, rich, and deliciously flavorful milk each day. In addition to sharing  raw milk with our community, we can think of no better way to use this bounty than to turn it into our favorite food: ICE CREAM!

You may be asking yourself: Why Pi? Why did we choose this name for our creamery, you ask? There’s a story!

See, when Papa Tuck and Martha Teutsch bought the farm back in the early 70’s, these two Texas expats needed a name for their new home. Ambitiously (some may say ostentatiously!) they called their 15 acre homestead “The Lazy T Ranch”. No ranch is complete without a unique brand (the real, steel kind), so my dad took the two initials of our shared name “TT” and gave it a curving, “lazy” top. Et Voila! The Pi symbol became our sigil. For us, the Pi symbol represents not only a mathematical constant, but the circle of life, which we try to honor here on our farm. In the last 30 years, the farm has grown to over a hundred acres of forest and field, and now supports multiple households, a tyrannical goat herd, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, an awkward llama, and a dream for a new line of raw goat’s milk ice creams. We all live together, completing the circle of life! Like us, why don’tcha?

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When we moved to the ranch, we discussed which animals we were interested in caring for; goats were on the short list. When we found out that a local farm was dispersing their herd and looking for a good home for several retirees, we raised our hand to volunteer. Thus began our love affair with the caprine class.

La Mancha doeling goat (more…)

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Honey extracted from combs drips into the collection basin

We were sad today to discover that our hand-me-down hive, which we acquired from a friend in early November, had succumbed to the winter weather. While we learned a valuable lesson about hive placement and sheltering from the cold and damp, we also found that we were suddenly in possession of a valuable resource. With our bees all dead, we began extracting the combs, placing them in our overly warm downstairs bathroom. Once the honey had thawed a bit, we began the process of scraping, collecting, and spinning–the result of which is a golden ambrosia. (more…)

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Trouble was the matriarch of the  Siskiyou Crest Herd. This article was written by Dana Kristal, and posted in the Siskiyou Crest Herd Share Newsletter in September 2010. Trouble retired to the Lazy T Ranch in October 2011. She continues to prove herself a worthy leader and an incredibly special goat. Here’s her story:

Alpine dairy goat, Trouble

Trouble is a ten year-old Alpine with a beard as long as her dairy career. (more…)

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shoveling chicken poop...glamorous!

So, you’re interested in organic farming?

So are we! In an effort to engage a larger community in the projects and daily activities of our ranch, we’ve decided to open our land to members of WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. In exploring our options for expansion and exchange, an internship program seemed to rigid and friendly work parties just weren’t consistent enough. WWOOF seemed like a good mid-point, and we’re excited to welcome a volunteer work force to our farm. (more…)

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Nestled in a box canyon on the south fork of Anderson Creek in the beautiful Rogue Valley, the Lazy T Ranch is a 2nd-generation forest farm in transition! Run by a fun-loving young couple with a roster of revolving and colorful residents, we practice sustainable forestry, organic and systemic approaches to gardening, and goat-, chicken- and beekeeping.

Our hands are always full and projects are always ongoing as we work to squeeze as much life out of our hundred acre wood as we can! We are as likely to be growing a treehouse (the ranch has a full wood and metal shop) as we are to be planting and sowing vegetables, fruit trees, vines, and tubers throughout the year.

Skills offered include animal care, milking, woodland maintenance, canning, pickling, and laying away food, wildcrafting, building with wood, earth, and found objects, beekeeping, whiskey appreciation, and making a damn fine cup of coffee. Easily accessible from nearby Ashland, we are tech-savvy, cultured folks fluent in English, Spanish, German, and barroom Swahili.

Barnyard Salutations from two of our goats, Trouble and Henny

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