Ducks for Fun, Profit and Land Development – Jack Spirko

Ducks for Fun, Profit and Land Development

Move over chickens it is time for a new bird to take the lead. Well, perhaps not the lead but definitely a better seat at the table. Three years ago well-known speaker and Podcaster Jack Spirko, along with his wife Dorothy decided to step into farming for profit, and Nine Mile Farm was born. Initially focusing on chickens for farm fresh pastured eggs and meat they also kept a small flock of ducks just for fun. They soon stumbled into a new and growing niche, pastured local duck eggs.

It took a bit of effort to get their customers to try duck eggs but once they did the next decision was simple, out with the chickens and ramp up the ducks. Rather than fight with over a hundred local producers to sell chicken eggs for 5-6 dollars a dozen the couple now stays constantly sold out selling duck eggs at 8 dollars a dozen. With about 50% of their sales going to high-end restaurants and farm to table markets (Ida Clair, Cadillac Ranch, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Farm to Fork Foods) and their other 50% going to direct to consumer sales.

In his presentation, Jack will cover how to build up a flock fast and build a customer base just as quickly. He will also discuss the importance of looking like a professional farm in web presence, social media and even a dedicated phone number in gaining customers. Jack will be discussing the top breeds for profit, why he doesn’t even think about “meat ducks” and how to use a single specialized product such as this to build a multiple product offering, while only needing to build a customer base once.

Additionally, in this presentation, you will learn some of the amazing reasons farming ducks for eggs makes more sense for many small land owners then chickens. These include; less competition, higher profits, breeds that outlay chickens, a herdable and trainable flock, greater suitability for brittle land and more.

You can learn more about Jack and Dorothy Spirko’s duck exploits at their website www.ninemile.farm and though their YouTube miniseries located at www.theduckchronicles.com

Key Takeaways:

  • Ducks represent and underrated niche market
  • Ducks are perfectly suited to the part time farmer
  • Ducks can help you build a customer base for other product sales
  • Ducks are soft on land when properly rotated and improve brittle land

In this presentation, you will learn…

  • How to inexpensively build a customer base
  • The right breeds for profitability
  • How to easily set up rotational grazing with ducks
  • Low-tech water solutions that spread fertility
  • How to get 100% of your customers to come to you
  • How to work a list if you ever have a surplus of eggs
  • Management practices that produce a superior product
  • How to make your cull ducks worth more than a so-called “meat duck”

Meet Your Presenter


Jack Spirko

Jack Spirko Host, The Survival Podcast Partner, PermaEthos

Jack Spirko was born in 1972 in New Jersey and is best known today as the founder and host of The Survival Podcast. He grew up largely in two areas of the United States. The first was Jacksonville, Florida where Spirko lived until he was 13. During this time he had a keen interest in reptiles specifically snakes and worked with venomous snakes along with a mentor from the time he was 9 years of age. At 14 his family moved to their official home town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Spirko remained in Pottsville until 1990 when he joined the Army at the age of 17. After his military service he relocated to North Texas, an area he currently calls home.





The Duck Chronicles Mini-Series



Meet Your Moderator


Partner, Director of Education PermaEthos

Josiah Wallingford started working for Hewlett Packard at the age of 15 as a technical support representative. By age 17 he was a national technical support trainer for HP technical support representative.
When he turned 18, Josiah joined the U.S. Army as an active duty 19D (Cavalry Scout). While in the military he trained army units heading to Iraq and Afghanistan at Fort Irwin, the National Training Center (N.T.C.). He did one 13 month tour in Afghanistan attached to the 101st Airborn Division stationed at Camp Delta in Bagram Airfield where he toured and monitored the Parwan, Bamyan and Panjshir provinces.
After an honorable discharge from the military after eight years of service he became a project manager for what is now SmartTV where he installed high speed internet (HSIA) and video on demand platforms in luxury hotels throughout the United States.
In 2013 Josiah applied for and was awarded an internship with Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Josiah and Jack become close friends and formed PermaEthos with three additional business partners in 2014 where he is now the Director of Education.





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