Ducks and Ponds
*** Under DEFRA regulations we have our ducks secured within a netted area on the ponds in the gardens at the moment, this is to stop them mixing with wild birds to reduce the risk of Avian Flu. We are also having to stop any feeding of birds at the moment until the regulations are lifted.*** The ducks hope to be out and about again very soon.
The Jinney Ring ponds have long been the home for White Indian Runner ducks, Crested White ducks and Call ducks.
Currently on the ponds we have some Bali ducks (white with crests), Call ducks, some beautiful Silver Appleyards and some very chubby Pekin ducks. We have also recently been given a Muscovy duck which was injured when it arrived - we are happy to say it has fully recovered and settled in.
Each year we breed some more ducks of our own - from our own eggs and also buying in some new stock. It is always lovely to see what hatches and watch them grow up.
We do not put our ducks away each night but they have got a safe haven of two islands - this deters all but the hungriest of foxes. We do lose ducks from time to time though and particularly the ducklings. There are many preditors out there - the crows are the worst, but the moorhens are also not very pleasant with new chicks. Nature can be cruel!
To give our ducklings a chance of survival we do collect eggs from the islands in Spring and incubate them. When the ducklings hatch we keep them in a nursery pen (which also acts as our "hospital" area too) until they can fend for themselves.
If you want to feed the ducks here we have corn available inside the restaurant for a small price per bag.