Henry started his duck enterprise when he was 12 years old with four ducks – one hatched (Quack Quack), one bought and two given to him by fellow farmer, Richard Jones. When the two ducks started laying that spring we thought it would be fun to hatch some of the eggs in the incubator. We didn’t realise quite how prolific they would be!!
It is amazing just how many eggs two ducks can lay over the course of a spring and summer and we ended up with around 80 ducks that year, plus a few Indian Runners and Appleyards from eggs bought in for good measure! Some were sold in the shop and the others used for breeding and this will be Henry’s third Christmas of duck farming!
Henry has wanted to be a farmer for the whole of his life and has always helped Simon with the cattle, sheep and turkeys, so it was just another step for him to look after his duck flock!
We always have a breeding flock so will have duck eggs available for sale from the farm gate (along with our free range chicken eggs) in the spring. In the meantime, we will be selling some of Henry’s ducks in the shop at Christmas time – we anticipate they will weigh between 2 – 3 kg. Henry will be thrilled if you will support his budding business!