Southern Tier Stellar Poultry and Waterfowl

Southern Tier Stellar Poultry and Waterfowl Life without waterfowl, is no life at all! Own some! you will see, you were never truly living before

Busy day, worked this morning, came home, laid bedding out in the pasture for the geese, we cleaned their coop, insulate...
12/11/2022

Busy day, worked this morning, came home, laid bedding out in the pasture for the geese, we cleaned their coop, insulated with some bales of hay, laid 12 inches inside, the pasture has 10x20 area 5 inches deep. No frostbite for these guys! Happy geese!

Sebastapol breeders are all set! All marked, now to seperate the 2 groups as we will have my group of sebastapols and my...
12/10/2022

Sebastapol breeders are all set! All marked, now to seperate the 2 groups as we will have my group of sebastapols and my daughters group this year, PLUS our new toulouse group! 32 geese to seperate out and settle in, 8 breeds of ducks to seperate out, and fingers crossed, season kicks off well! Our 2023 group of sebastapols! We should end up with both smooth and curly this season!

Posting for a friend!!!! Anyone looking for some beautiful new fur babies to add to their homesteads? He has some beauti...
12/09/2022

Posting for a friend!!!!

Anyone looking for some beautiful new fur babies to add to their homesteads? He has some beautiful Aussies and Shelties available looking for their own herds to work! These guys are exposed to some animals and are super smart! Will learn new tricks in no time!

Inquire in inbox ONLY! I will connect you to the current owner!

Location is in Montrose, PA!

If your not interested PLEASE share this post! Let's get these babies homes before Christmas!!

Some of the gang. Geese went in for the night to give the ducks time to do the duck thing 🤣
12/09/2022

Some of the gang. Geese went in for the night to give the ducks time to do the duck thing 🤣

12/07/2022

Orion (previously known as Oreo) had his vet visit today and is deemed healthy! Aside from some maintenance on his ear that's half torn from his head from the dog attack, leaving his canal to fill with gunk and debris, some early arthritis and finishing breaking the cycle of his mange! He is on pain meds to control flare ups, routine ear cleanings to keep pressure from building up in the open ear canal, a strict diet, an exercise routine and lots of belly scratches per drs orders! He did so wonderful today!

Our new custom door stoppers. They work amazingly to keep those cool drafts from coming under the door ♡♡ Autumn and Zig...
12/07/2022

Our new custom door stoppers. They work amazingly to keep those cool drafts from coming under the door ♡♡ Autumn and Ziga doing what they do best!

Our newest cayuga drake
12/05/2022

Our newest cayuga drake

Some pics of our appleyard girls ♡
12/05/2022

Some pics of our appleyard girls ♡

Our flock grew some today! We added in a new cayuga drake, 2 new silver appleyard hens, and a few new breeds of chickens...
12/05/2022

Our flock grew some today! We added in a new cayuga drake, 2 new silver appleyard hens, and a few new breeds of chickens to add to our 2023 exhibition lists! (They are all indoors at the moment, these pens aren't permanent by any means lol) there's 1 more type of chicken beyond this, but, that's a surprise for later ;-) our new Blue laced red/ black laced and splash wyandotte trio to produce some amazing offspring this winter, our single comb black leghorn bantam chickens, and a pair of white Wyandotte! Duck pics will come after daylight as they are out with our large waterfowl flock :-)

This poor guy has been thru the ringer in his short 3 years! Help me give him the best treatments we can get and get him...
11/26/2022

This poor guy has been thru the ringer in his short 3 years! Help me give him the best treatments we can get and get him back on the road to a healthy, happy life!

If your unable to help, please share this post to allow others a chance to help. Sharing is just as helpful as a donation!

Ill start off saying, i work, full time and then some. I have a beautiful family and many critters we adore. Ranging from the typical farm animals to the not so typical domesticated waterfowl (critically and threatened endangered breeds we are working on helping increase population of). Recently, we...

Feed delivery ♡ trying to stock pile little bits for when bad weather hits! 600 lbs delivered today!
11/19/2022

Feed delivery ♡ trying to stock pile little bits for when bad weather hits! 600 lbs delivered today!

So after wilbur came to stay with us, we started to grow our piggy family. Focusing on rescuing from shelters, rather th...
11/18/2022

So after wilbur came to stay with us, we started to grow our piggy family. Focusing on rescuing from shelters, rather than purchasing. These piggies are not bred. The males are fixed, except wilbur (if we can make that happen, he will likely be fixed, if not, he can have boys days but not be with the whole group). We have a couple not from rescues we were asked to take, and of course our own babies we just felt we couldn't live without! The 2 with no names join us today, and another, Oreo, is in the works from rescue later this week!

11/16/2022

Busy pond today, 34 degrees ferenheit and everyone was having a blast.

Some our breeders enjoying time out and about ♡ this group has so much personality! Spring time needs to come quick! Can...
11/13/2022

Some our breeders enjoying time out and about ♡ this group has so much personality! Spring time needs to come quick! Can't wait to start hatching again and growing our flocks ♡♡

Good morning from myself and our young snowy hookbill drake ♡
11/13/2022

Good morning from myself and our young snowy hookbill drake ♡

Some delicious snacks for morning donated today for the crazy house crew! Thank you! This is very much appreciated :-)
11/08/2022

Some delicious snacks for morning donated today for the crazy house crew! Thank you! This is very much appreciated :-)

11/07/2022

These days of watching them in all their glory are too short lived. The pond will likely be frozen in another month or so. Spring time will hopefully come fast ♡

11/07/2022

A little frenzy with the waterfowl 🤣 my fingers got biten a few times during this video, but we'll worth it to see them so happy. They love their fresh produce snacks! (Sped up as it was a bit length, but just seems to make it a bit more comical imo)

That smiling Sam ♡ slowly winning his trust, and he is rapidly growing on us ;-)
11/07/2022

That smiling Sam ♡ slowly winning his trust, and he is rapidly growing on us ;-)

11/04/2022

Good morning!

11/04/2022

A little incubator activity this morning 😍

Altho the page is still in the works, it is finally established!
11/04/2022

Altho the page is still in the works, it is finally established!

 Originally started as a backyard flock, Southern Tier Stellar Poultry and Waterfowl has grown! With almost 200 birds on premise, we work hard to give them everything they need to thrive! Hi, I'm Katie Darrow-Woodruff. Founder, owner and operator of this amazing conservatory! A bit about us! Our ...

We have decided to begin a second journey, and started taking in, as pets only, some piggies to grow our piggy family. Y...
11/03/2022

We have decided to begin a second journey, and started taking in, as pets only, some piggies to grow our piggy family. Yesterday we had a call on a feral pig who had been caught by animal control who needed a home. His family abandoned him 3 months ago and moved out of the area. Meet Sam, he is now home!

This past week has been filled with so much love for what we do. Donations have come of money, gift cards and even produ...
11/03/2022

This past week has been filled with so much love for what we do. Donations have come of money, gift cards and even produce for the birds and other animals we have here! A few of my customers asked me to create a way for them to contribute to our bird family, so I spent some time writing my story, my dreams and goals out on spotfund to make this easier and possible for anyone, local or not, to contribute. We don't expect donations! I'm not one to ask for such, however, feel free if you'd like to. Thank you to everyone this week who have donated to the care of the birds! It doesn't go unnoticed, both myself and the birds are so greatful for every bit!

*spotfund is the easiest place to create beautiful and free online fundraisers. It takes just minutes to start raising money today.

11/01/2022

Just a reminder for all local to binghamton/elmira area in NY! And even parts of pa that connect! We are taking any unwanted pumpkins. They must be untreated and unpainted, vinegar preservation is fine. Can pick up local and will make trips outside of elmira on scheduling 1x a week!

Beautiful crisp 36°morning and the geese are in their glory.
10/30/2022

Beautiful crisp 36°morning and the geese are in their glory.

10/30/2022

So we have all heard about duck tales.... but this is our lil drake calls version called duck fails 🤣🤷‍♀️

Our new aylesbury duck pair. These guys were a spur of the moment purchase, I knew how hard true aylesbury lines were to...
10/24/2022

Our new aylesbury duck pair. These guys were a spur of the moment purchase, I knew how hard true aylesbury lines were to get and have wanted these big beautiful birds as part of my flock for a long time.

There is only one surviving flock of pure Aylesbury ducks in the United Kingdom and the breed is critically endangered in the United States.

These guys get quite large, reaching 10 lbs or more. They have a very docile temperament, and are very slow moving birds making them very easy prey.

Everyone! I've seen so many posts in my groups, local and widespread, of people having issues with waterfowl attacking o...
10/23/2022

Everyone!

I've seen so many posts in my groups, local and widespread, of people having issues with waterfowl attacking other waterfowl and killing them. I felt this is a much needed topic to touch on!

So much information is misconstrued about waterfowl, geese in particular, that what works for the 1 rare person, doesn't work for the 3 million others who have a normal flock of waterfowl who were raised in a normal environment with other waterfowl.

#1: Geese have a very LONG season. Normally beginning with their mating behaviors, pairing up with a partner, hormones on the rise and aggression in late October thru may and sometimes into June!

Ducks have seasons, most of which begin in late March and will carry thru until mid to late summer.

#2: Geese and ducks should NEVER have permanent housing being shared!

If off season, we can range all our waterfowl together with ease, during season everyone is seperated, penned and given pools and tubs thru winter. Forcing them to share a space, often leads to Injury, and more often than not, death of your waterfowl.

#3: another often misconstrued bit of information is, geese will protect your ducks.

Where as, many geese were bred for the specific purpose of protecting, they are, and always have been, as much on the food chain to most predators as the next bird in line. Whether it be duck or chicken or goose, they are not ever 100% safe from being picked off unless you as their owner, have taken responsibility to ensure their safety is your #1 priority and you have done everything within your power to protect them. Offering them secure and safe foraging areas, and secure housing for nightfall.

#4: Male ducks, aka drakes, should never be left with mom and babies if you have allowed your hen to hatch her own brood. Males become very territorial and want nothing more than to have their hen back, and will kill off the competition, aka offspring, and even eat eggs when the hen takes her daily break, to get the hen back into mating mode and off the brooding mode. Other hens will also destroy and eat eggs from another hens nest to keep them from having a successful hatch.

#5: Natural behaviors of the gander, male goose, is to protect his hen, her eggs, their babies from anything it sees as a threat.

Now, I don't know about you, but I absolutely see where a gander, or hen goose, would see a duck as a threat to their eggs and offspring. Therefore making those animals a target if they get too close to their nest.

Now out of 500 geese, you may hear of 1 or 2 who's behaviors don't ride along these lines out of natural instinct. Those are rare instances. Those cases are never with waterfowl who were raised in a natural environment around other waterfowl. They are often from homes who have raised them as solo waterfowl, indoors, and had 1 on 1 time to allow the animals to imprint on humans vs other waterfowl.

Please don't grow a distate for a specific breed or species, based off its natural habits and instincts. These are all developed from wild species. Natural instincts should be a part of their life for health and survival. They can absolutely all coexist with a little work and effort, and let's face it, owning waterfowl is absolutely an amazing experience everyone should enjoy and experience!

Please, PLEASE do your homework before adding any waterfowl. Feel free to inbox me or whatsapp me and ask questions if your considering getting waterfowl and growing your flock and have any concerns about housing or care you should be offering them. I do not know everything pertaining to waterfowl, but I have a ton of resources and between us, I am sure we can get you on the right path for success with your flocks!

Picture for attention of our beautiful Sebastapol Hen Iris, Our muscovy cross drake (mule duck) Donald, and our fawn and white runner drake (who has yet to be named).

10/23/2022

A beautiful Saturday morning at the farm!

So this past weekend was grand. Even thru some very trying events, I was still able to add some newbies into the flock t...
10/23/2022

So this past weekend was grand. Even thru some very trying events, I was still able to add some newbies into the flock that I have wanted to have for a very long time now! Thankfully with the help of some good friends, and a lot of patience on their end, as i struggled to get thru my end of events to get them what they needed, just to get them home! A young snowy mallard pair from Duck Hollow Farms-milliman waterfowl, A young aylesbury pair out of Wilson waterfowl lines, and a beautiful young buff dewlap toulouse pair from Jamie Matts Lines! These guys will be raised with hopes they fit the bill for our 2023 exhibition season!

Today we welcomed another saxony trio and a small flock of blue Swedish ducks to the flock!
10/20/2022

Today we welcomed another saxony trio and a small flock of blue Swedish ducks to the flock!

Our welsh, cayuga, saxony and appleyards (with the company of 2 ducklings, a buff and a pekin) enjoying their newly bedd...
10/18/2022

Our welsh, cayuga, saxony and appleyards (with the company of 2 ducklings, a buff and a pekin) enjoying their newly bedded holding pen as well today. The biggest, sweetest group of birds ever right here!

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