While dog may be a man’s best friend, here at the farm we believe that duck is a man’s best assistant. Animals have long been used to assists man in many different fields, from Saint Bernards carrying vital medication into remote parts of mountain ranges, to horses plouging fields across the world. But how many ducks do we have in service? Meet our team of highly skilled Indian Runner Ducks, who help keep the farm free from pests and snails and help keep our use of chemicals in the vines to a minimum.
Indian runner ducks are an unusual breed. They stand upright like penguins and instead of waddling, they run. The Indian Runner Ducks don’t lie fly and instead of making nests, they normally lay their eggs as they walk. They hardly make any noise, with only the females quacking. They are the perfect breed to use in the vines, since they are mostly preoccupied with foraging snails and slugs and love to spend their days snacking away. One man’s pest is another duck’s snack.
Here on the farm we have a huge flock, which ranges from around 700 to around 900, depending on the time of year. Our resident duck expert, Denzil, looks after them as if they were his own children and takes particularly dedicated care of our hatchlings, which he looks after in their own nursery.
Our ducks even have their own daily parade, where you can watch them run to work and set about keeping pests off of our vines. It’s a great sight for the whole family and it’s always a hit with kids. Guests are free to roam around and even visit our ducklings in their heat-controlled nursery.
We here at Vergenoegd cannot wait to meet you and our ducks will be pretty excited too! To find out more about all we have to offer, feel free to contact us.
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