- Farmers in Thailand use armies of 10,000 “field chasing ducks” to eat their way through rice paddies after a harvest.
- The tradition has long been practiced in Thailand and surrounding countries to rid rice paddies of pests and rice husks and reduce the cost of feeding the ducks.
- Studies have shown this method of farming is not only beneficial to the environment, but can also increase crop yield.
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At a farm in central Thailand, an army of 10,000 ducks isn’t just out for a stroll — it’s on the hunt.
Rice farmers in Thailand are enlisting these birds, called “field chasing ducks” to eat their way through rice paddies after a harvest.
“They help eat golden apple snails and the remains of unwanted rice husks that remain in the field from the last harvest,” farmer Prang Sipipat told Reuters. “The ducks