This might come as a bit of a shock to many of you reading this blog, but I’ve just sold the nine ducks at Vidamour Farm. Goodbye duckies!
A few weeks ago, we had a fatality at the farm. At this stage I still believe that it was next door’s dog that was the culprit. Having to say goodbye to a duck was a surprise and a shock, but it had to happen at some stage.
Only a week or two later we lost our two favourite ducks at home. Niffler and Tonks had been with us for two and a half years and strange personalities and were great egg layers. Unfortunately one night they just didn’t go back into their coop (they had been for the fortnight previous) and this meant they were sitting ducks for a hungry fox. This was a particularly devastating attack and I started to question whether we should change our path a little bit.
Soon after, I was contacted by Marty from Hummingbird Cafe in Red Hill. They were keen on knowing a little bit more about ducks because they needed to protect their produce from slugs and bugs and wanted a natural alternative.
I gave Marty much of my learnings and experience with ducks and invited him to come and have a luck at our nine at Vidamour Farm. After checking them out, Marty mentioned they would be interested in buying them from us (especially because I mentioned we just weren’t sure what we were going to do).
This was something I hadn’t really considered and would mean a substantial change in direction. I thought about it for about a week or so and decided to do it.
Hummingbird Cafe has a fantastic little set-up with plenty of area for the ducks, and they’ve even got two drakes there already. Unfortunately for Marty he was originally told that they were girls… This sort of thing appears to be common with ducks because there’s not enough knowledge out there.
It’s meant we’ve gone from 12 ducks, then 11, the 9 ducks down to 0. A big change, but it means that we’re currently a little bit more flexible. We’re able to put more effort in setting up The Briars Market and get our own house in order. When the time comes, we can quickly get some more ducks and start producing again. For now though, it’s goodbye duckies!