Our ducks are lots of fun and many people particularly like to watch them waddle around and then swim and dive in our specially built duck pond. We keep a few different types of ducks and have a pair of very special rare breed Welsh Harlequin ducks. Harley is our male Welsh Harlequin and arrived with us a few years ago. We would love to have more Welsh Harlequins as they are a very versatile and attractive breed but they are so rare we have found it difficult to get hold of any and our own breeding programme has, sadly, been unsuccessful.
As well as the Welsh Harlequins we have also kept Aylesbury, Silver Appleyard and White and khaki Cambell ducks here at the farm and as with all our animals we ask that you don’t bring anything with you to feed them. Bread is not ideal food for ducks, despite what people think and can cause problems in the ducks’ digestive systems.
Ducks give us meat, feathers (known as down) and delicious eggs. If you have never tried a duck egg you are really missing out. They are larger than chicken eggs, a lovely white colour and have a very large and rich tasting yolk. They are very tasty boiled (with toasty soldiers, of course!) or used in the baking of cakes.
The word duck comes from an Old English word that meant diver.
Duck eggs take 28 days to hatch.
A female duck is called a duck or a hen.
A male duck is called a drake.
A baby duck is called a duckling.
The Eider duck’s down are used in pillows that are considered very luxurious.
Welsh Harlequin females have a greenish black bill and their plumage is a creamy white colour with brown speckles and brown wings edged with white. Drakes are described as looking like ‘a mallard stuck in a snow storm’.