Does anyone know about ducks please? Just contemplating next March and the re-introduction of Chickens and Ducks to our family. The ducks themselves will probably be in the garden as well as the pen behind. The chickens will just be in the pen behind. So the ducks will need to mix with the chickens.

You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency. — Bill Mollison

I’m told that ducks work well in gardens and certainly aid in a permaculture setting. Basically they love eating snails and slugs. They can nibble on young plants but are generally not as destructive as chickens! We don’t have the space in our garden – we do in the larger field but we don’t have any long lease on that land so we could lose it at anytime.

The question I want to ask is whether Aylesbury Ducks are any good in a permaculture environment? I wish I could go several breeds and see what works the best. I can’t though so I’ll stick with one breed. Probably go with Aylesbury unless anyone can offer other advice.

Whilst researching this I found this cracking post on Ducks in a permaculture setting in Scotland. Well worth a read.

From Wikipedia:

The Aylesbury duck is a breed of domesticated duck, bred mainly for its meat and appearance. It is a large duck with pure white plumage, a pink bill, orange legs and feet, an unusually large keel, and a horizontal stance with its body parallel to the ground. The precise origins of the breed are unclear, but raising white ducks became popular in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 18th century owing to the demand for white feathers as a filler for quilts. Over the 19th century selective breeding for size, shape and colour led to the Aylesbury duck.

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