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Hotline electric poultry netting renewal

10 Apr

ducks hotline electric poultry netting

When we set up the area to keep our ducks in, we opted for a Hotline electric poultry netting product to secure their enclosure. That is now over three years ago and the netting had started to degrade and the constant pushing of the ducks through the holes in the netting seems to have weakened […]

Our duck house cleaning regime

1 Aug

duck

Duck house cleaning The joy of duck keeping – or any other poultry keeping – is the pleasure in watching your healthy animals roaming or playing and knowing that you are looking after them as best you can. Keeping their duck house clean is not one of the most pleasurable parts of duck keeping, but […]

Introducing a new duck to your flock

4 Apr

Ducks - Introducing a new duck to your flock

Introducing a new duck to your flock Recently, we acquired a new duck which we wanted to live with the rest of our ducks. Here we recount the way we did it with minimal pain to any of the ducks. You might find it useful if you are considering introducing a new duck to your […]

Keeping ducks warm in winter

26 Feb

Duck in snow

Keeping ducks warm in winter might not seem to be a big issue in the UK where our winter temperatures rarely drop too far below zero degrees Centigrade. However, as most of us keep our ducks in small houses or huts, often on exposed land, it’s worth remembering to give ducks a bit more protection […]

Our first year of duck keeping

12 Jan

Two abacot ducks on grass

First year of duck keeping It is now a full year since we collected our ducks and started duck keeping. It has been a super year of duck keeping experience and we have learnt much along the way. A lot has happened in the year too, not least the fact that for the past couple […]

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

8 Dec

Ducks day one

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in England, Scotland and Wales By now there can’t be many duck or poultry keepers who don’t know about the avian flue prevention zone measures brought in by Defra. For keepers of small numbers of chickens, the prevention zone measures are fairly easy to implement, if not requiring a little more […]

What is the best bedding for ducks

10 Aug

best bedding for ducks

One of the most important issues for anyone thinking of keeping ducks is likely to be ‘What is the best bedding for ducks?’ All new duck keepers have to provide their poultry with three basic requirements: shelter, water and food. Keeping your ducks happy in their shelter is important not just to the ducks but […]

What do ducks eat? Now here is an important question

5 Feb

what do ducks eat

What do ducks eat?  What do ducks eat? Or put another way, what should I feed my ducks on, is another question I have been asking myself since we got our two abacot ranger ducks. Obviously, it is possible to buy commercial food for poultry, including ducks, but it is useful to know what food […]

Do ducks like rain

28 Jan

ducks in mud - do ducks like rain

With a thirst for knowledge, I recently typed ‘Do ducks’ into a search engine and the fourth suggested question was do ducks like rain? As it seems to have been raining almost non stop since last October, I read on… According to an article that came up on the Guardian website,  a three year long […]

Lessons from a week of duck keeping

19 Jan

Two abacot ducks on grass

This time last week we were getting ready to go and collect the ducks. So what has the first week of duck keeping told us? Well, the first sleepless night was certainly worth it. Waking up and letting the ducks out for the first time was a great feeling. Knowing that they had been kept […]