We had been planning to get a couple more chickens once we got our chook run finished. Molly is a bit of a sporadic layer, and the silkies are even less reliable. We figured a couple of good layers would shore up our egg supply so we’d never need to buy any more.
Sarah had seen some ducks somewhere, and asked if she could get a pet one. I did some research and found that some breeds (like Indian runners) are very good layers, giving over 300 eggs per year.
After scouring the web for a local duck seller, I eventually found a guy down at Nowra selling Indian runners. When I rang he had two young females left – perfect! So we drove down on the weekend and bought them.
Since we already have a Molly in our menagerie, the ducks were named Milly and Mandy. They are yet to produce an egg, but we’re hoping they’ll start laying soon with Spring arriving.
They are now installed in their new pen, complete with duck house and a paddling pond. They seem very happy, and will soon be joined by the chickens once I get their hen house built. In the meantime, we’ve put the chicken ark into the vegie patch, and the girls are digging it over and fertilising it for me. They may as well do something useful if they’re not going to lay eggs!