The ducks and geese live together here at the farm. The paddock where they live is covered in netting, this means that when there is an out break of bird flu our ducks and geese don't have to stay inside.
We have a number of different varieties of ducks here at the farm. We have:
Ducks and geese are omnivores, which means they eat grains, insects, vegetables and fruit.
For enrichment purposes we like to put peas in a large water bath. This encourages them to work for their food as well as encouraging the natural behaviour of foraging for food.
A female is called a goose and male is called a gander. We have 4 geese here at the farm, 2 males and 2 females.
They are Toulouse geese which are a rare breed of goose. This breed is used for the production of Foie Gras. A female goose can weigh between 9-11kg and a male goose can weigh between 12-13.5kg.
Geese don't lay eggs all year round. They start to lay in early spring until the start of summer. George our male dominant ganger can be very protective over his females.
A female is called a duck and a male is called a drake. A drake can be identified by a curly tail and a husky quack (although this can be breed dependant).
We sometimes hatch duck eggs in the barn during the summer months. They take around 28 days to hatch.