Private: Available Processed Poultry

These are the breeds that we currently have available.  To inquire about specific quantities, to place an order, or to arrange custom processing, please write to us at info@bonticouducks.com.

We have sold all our geese for the 2016 season.  We will raise Embden and Toulouse geese in 2017, and geese will be available in the fall and winter.  Please check this page for availability in 2017, early orders are strongly advised.

Within the confines of our farm practices and philosophy, we contract with individuals and restaurants to raise birds for specific events.

Updated November, 2017

Ducks              

Duclair.  A French heritage breed with a rich complex flavor.  The original birds from France were re-derived in the USA by Robert Rosenthal of Stone Church Farm in Rifton NY and John Metzer of Metzer Farms in Gonzales CA.  These birds are pure white, and therefore similar in appearance to Pekin, but are significantly smaller and slower to reach full size.  They are gentle talkative birds, and are excellent flyers compared to other domestic breeds.  At this time, we have whole and quartered frozen ducks.  We will raise these birds in 2017.

Rouen.  A French heritage breed which closely resembles the wild mallard in color, but was adapted to a large size.  The flavor is complex, slightly gamey and reminiscent of the mallard.  We have only a few frozen Rouen.  We will raise these birds in 2017 for our own table, contract orders may be arranged.  At this time we have 50 ducklings that will be processed late in April.

Muscovy.  Originating in South and Central America, the Muscovy is likely related to both ducks and geese.  It is a distinct species, and although Muscovy will mate with other Mallard-derived ducks, the progeny are sterile. Muscovy hens are similar in size to our other ducks, but the drakes are almost twice as large.  Muscovy are highly intelligent (for ducks) very social, and extremely calm.  We walk among them, and they lift their heads to say hello.  They are also almost silent, unlike mallard-derived breeds, which can be quite talkative.  Muscovy have been raised for meat all over the world.  The meat is very lean compared to other ducks, and the large breast is often seared or grilled, sliced into medallions and served with a sauce.  The legs are most commonly cooked long and slow as a confit.

Cayuga.  An American heritage breed, and listed on the Slow Food Arc of Taste.  These ducks lay very dark eggs, have a very gentle disposition and make excellent pets.  They are strikingly beautiful, the females are black with purple accents, and the males are black with an iridescent green head and neck.  The Cayuga is named for the city in New York State where it was developed.

Geese

Embden.  Geese have a bad reputation, but we find them to be very manageable, if strong willed at times.  The gander is aggressive during mating season, and they guard their nests and young with conviction, but they are not vicious at all, and they are easily herded across the property.  The German Embden breed is famous for its size and flavor.  Once we tasted our first goose in the fall of 2016, we decided we would not be at all sorry if we did not sell any, the bird was so delicious, we would gladly roast a goose every week.  We did sell all our birds, however, so we will raise more next year!  We also favor the Embden because it loves to graze, and for its excellent parenting skills.  In 2016, we noticed the geese were excellent layers, but not the best at brooding.  We hatched goslings from our goose eggs in incubators, and raised them for 1-2 weeks in brooders before introducing them to their parents.  The geese stood outside the door where the brooders were set up, and called for their children.  They never called out when we brooded ducklings, they knew the sound of their own kind.  We introduced the goslings in a spacious wire pen, where the geese could see them but not chase them.  In a matter of days, the geese took over, and guarded the goslings, shepherding them over their fields and protecting them from anyone who approached.

Toulouse.  We recently added a small flock of Toulouse geese.  They are not quite used to us, but have integrated well into the flocks, and follow the Embden out to graze.  The Toulouse is an old French breed most often used to prepare Fois Gras.  These birds are slightly smaller, and higher in fat then the Embden.  We will raise goslings from both breeds in 2017, and will also raise Embden/Toulouse F1 hybrids, as these are said to excellent utility meat birds.  In the fall of 2017, we will compare the breeds and report on our personal favorites.  At this time our geese have self segregated into three families, one pair of Embden, one pair of Toulouse and a quad of one Embden gander and three Toulouse geese.

Heritage Chickens

In 2016, we raised 15 breeds of chickens from around the world, and have compared the breeds for health temperament and most important, flavor.  We have chosen the American Bresse as our specialty heritage breed for 2017. We are raising these birds from our own stock. In addition we will offer other heritage breeds, including French Marans and Rhode Island Red in limited quantities throughout the season. At this time, we have a limited number of frozen heritage dual breed birds.  Please inquire for availability

New for 2017

French Toulouse Geese

Grimaud Freres Hybrid Pekin Duck

American Bresse Chicken


Farm News

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This year we raised Embden geese, a German breed known for excellent flavor. Last night we roasted the first goose from our farm, and it was incredible. The best goose we ever had, far lower in fat, and with a rich flavor compared to commercial geese. Our birds are about 10-11 pounds dressed weight, and are sold at $12/pound retail. We are now taking orders for fresh Christmas goose. This is our first year harvesting geese, and we have a limited supply, so please order early to avoid disappointment. We can be reached by phone and email.


Private: Muscovy Ducks

These were our introduction to ducks. Little did we know. Muscovy are independent yet very calm and friendly ducks. They are QUIET ducks. Every night I walk them into the safety of the duck area protected by electric poultry netting. Every night they meander in, taking their time. I offer them fresh water, a balanced duck feed and grains from a local mill. Unlike chickens, who sleep on roosts all night, ducks are rather nocturnal, and forage much of the night. They have attitude, they are the king of all they survey.

Muscovy are famous for their parenting ability. They set on nests with quiet determination for 35 days, waiting for ducklings. Once the ducklings are hatched, with the mother’s help at times, she keeps them in the nest for 1-2 days before introducing them to the world. Muscovy hens are extremely fierce protectors of their young, it is not safe to touch a Muscovy duckling in the presence of its mother. She will attack any threat to her young, even a large scary human.


Pre-order holiday geese

We raised a limited number of pastured geese in 2017.  Gosling hatch only in the spring and summer, and are harvested at 20-32 weeks of age.  In order to plan our purchase of goslings to supplement our own hatchlings in 2017, we will purchase additional Embden and Toulouse goslings.  Reservations do not guarantee geese, nature and predators may intervene, but they allow us to plan our flocks, and they reserve your place in line.