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 […]

Our first duck egg

15 Jan

our first duck egg

What a surprise, our first duck egg. It’s still January and ducks lay from about February, or so we thought. Opening the duck house this morning, there it was, a perfect white abacot duck egg. Last night was a bit chilly and there had been a small amount of snow which by morning was really […]

Duck keeping – day two

13 Jan

Duck keeping day two

So it’s duck keeping day two. I have never been a dad but last night I got a small sense of what it must be like to worry about a dependent when you can’t see them. Once the ducks arrived yesterday afternoon, they were introduced to their new home and left there for 15 minutes or so, […]

Nice weather for ducks and duck keeping

12 Jan

Abacot ranger ducks arrive

Now I know for certain what is meant by the saying ‘nice weather for ducks’. Having spent the morning finalising the set up of the electric fence, it was a quick trip down to Welshpool to collect the ducks – in the rain. Connecting the energiser and leads to the fence was a straightforward affair. […]

Electric poultry netting fun

11 Jan

electric poultry netting sign

It’s just got dark and the rain has started again so here’s an update on the erection of the electric poultry netting. After a lot of research online and in local shops we bought 50m of Hotline electric poultry netting from farmers’ co-operative Mole Valley Farmers. It took a long time to find the best […]

Our adventure keeping ducks begins…

8 Jan

Duck feed

When the electric fence arrived this week, it really hit home that this was actually happening. We are finally going to be keeping ducks! We have talked about it a lot over the past year or so, but there always seemed to be some other priority – another job to do on the house, another […]

Why choose runner ducks?

7 Jan

Thinking about the breed of duck that would suit our duck keeping needs has taken a good few months. Like many people, we knew that there were many different types of ducks but hadn’t really given much thought about what type of domestic duck would suit us best. When we moved to Shropshire and had […]

What do duck eggs taste like?

1 Jan

An important question: What do duck eggs taste like? How on earth can you explain what duck eggs taste like in words? And why on earth try on a website? Well, over the last couple of years we have discovered that many people we know have some very strong opinions about duck eggs. Even amongst […]