I am delighted when I receive a comment and I am even more delighted when I receive a second comment from the same reader.
Alan left a comment about his ducks:
We have been keeping ducks in our garden for several years now as pets. In April our Khaki Campbell Drake and Muscovy Duck after several years together produced 13 eggs over 2 weeks. She sat on these for 34 days after which we found that they where infertile. We purchased 13 replacement Khaki Campbell eggs and she sat another 27 days (one tired duck)after which they all hatched. After 1 week we started letting them into the garden and they went immediatley into our pond, the only difficulty they have had is getting out when they are tiny but now at 2 months they are growing rapidly each day. We feed them once a day with chicken pellets and any table scraps but we think that they get that much food foraging and grazing that the feed is more a treat than necessity. Our ducks are now out all day and in the garden and in the pen at night we have two cats and two dogs which do not bother the ducks and that the ducks have no fear of.
We lost two in the first week when the Muscovy had stood on them whilst asleep and one drowned when it could not get out of the pond.
Great pets funny to watch and easy to keep, our lawn is so healthy being cared for by the ducks and automatically fertilised and aerated. Alan
I sent a reply and said that I would be interested to see some photos of Alan’s ducks. I was thrilled when Alan obliged and went to the trouble of sending me some photos of his khaki campbell ducklings.
I love the 1st photo where the ducklings are hidden in the grass and then they are slowly venturing out in the 2nd and then under the watchful eye of adult ducks in the 3rd. Thank you very much for sharing these photos Alan.
If you have any photos of your poultry or farm animals that you would like to see on the farmingfriends website, then leave a comment or message me via the contact form and I will let you know how to send the photos.