For ‘refugees from urban farming craze’, a backyard to call home in Seattle
Ducks and Clucks takes in abused, injured, sick and discarded ducks and nurse them back to health
By Bellamy Pailthorp
“I originally rescued ducks, and tried to rescue ducks exclusively. And chickens just sort of started showing up, once the urban farming craze took off,” she said.
That was about five years ago. She quickly became the go-to person for shelters that aren’t well-equipped to handle fowl. Chickens stop laying a lot of eggs once they’re about 2 years old, Young said, but they live a lot longer.
“It’s a decade commitment you’re making on a lark,” because you might get eggs from the experience or your kids might enjoy them, she said.
“I find a lot of of people get them for their kids. And I would say half of all chickens or ducks—people regret that decision within five weeks. They’re fully-grown in five weeks. The cute little fluffy experience is over, and all the work begins.”