Our animals – Ducks

In October 2017 we managed to get some fertilized duck eggs and bought an incubator – a machine that keeps the eggs at the correct temperature and humidity. And after a few weeks, we got ducks, 4 Cayugas and 2 Buff Orpingtons.

Duck eggs

The Buff Orpington Duck (beware, there are chickens with the same name, too) is a breed of domestic duck and of a yellowish colour.

A Cayuga Duck is a medium-class domesticated duck breed that has been a popular variety in the USA since the mid-19th century. They are used for egg and meat production, as well as an ornamental bird. Ornamental because of their beautiful shiny blue-black colour.

They are a bit shy (unless they’ll have their feed), can still be caught relatively easy for some patting but unfortunately do not appreciate it too much.

In December 2019 we acquired another 6 ducks with some of them being a cross between Cayugas and Peking or Buff Orpington and Peking. Now we have a total of 9 resident ducks with a varying number of rescue ducks.

It was getting too hard to manage them in their enclosure so we now leave them roaming free and so far they have all stayed.

 
In February 2020, Wasabi had 15 little ducklings that no-one expected, but suddenly 15 little fluffballs were waddling after mom. So cute.

Latest blog posts featuring our ducks

Two hybrid mallard/grey ducks on the house roof

Time of the year again: Ducks, ducks, ducks

It’s that time of the year again where the cats and dogs in the neighbourhood start bringing in little chicks and ducklings.

While a few of last year’s rescue ducks have returned sporadically throughout the year, they now seem to be returning in larger numbers and bringing their boy friends along.

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Rainy landscape in misty layers and some sun pushing through thick clouds orange in the background

The animals, the rain and the fire

Who likes the weather when it’s raining and storming outside? No one – well, maybe the odd people that are happy that their grass is growing, like us humans inside. Oh, and the ducks! The ducks love it.

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view through the front door glass onto some ducks on the footmat

Ducks versus cats versus chicken

Funny to see the cat getting quite intimidated by the arrival of the ducks behind her and starting to freak and run away when one of the ducks started picking the cat’s tail.

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