Fernlea is home to our Call Ducks.
They are very much Pets, but do produce eggs from February to June which are quite often found around the site !.
The Calls provide us with hours of entertainment with their antics in their baths plus searching for all escape routes possible, just to beat the system. ( They never stay away long in case they miss a treat and you only need to pick up a spade and they are inches away looking for worms and grubs). Another escapade is raiding food from the chickens and quite often you will see them being chased by a chicken with feathers in its mouth.
We also breed calls by both incubator and with Ducks sitting on eggs. This year we had one duck sitting on 15 eggs and managed to hatch 14 which was very good, but she is having a busy time keeping them under control.
Currently we have in the main paddock 2 Magpie calls Pebbles & Dash, 3 White calls Matty, Matilda & Marigold and 3 Apricot calls Sago & Dizzie plus Chick who thinks he is a chicken and lives in the hen house rather than frequenting with the other ducks. Our Pet Duck, Daffy now lives in an enclosure with 3 Mallard Calls, and 6 Silver & Butterscotch Calls.
Our new pet duck in the garden is called Shadow and can regularly be seen grooming and chasing Flora our Westie and afterwards they sit in the Duck house for a rest. ( Flora then needs a bath ).
Photos of some of them are on our Photo page.