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New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:23 am

Thanks to my son who has moved here with me the poultry is back above three dozen for the first time in years. He very soon took to buying and looking after the new birds. At last I can eat duck eggs again. Here are two of the best additions. Dylan the drake with his four Rouen and three White Campbell ducks and the two Lakenfelder hens he found by lucky chance when buying ducks. I understand they are a very rare bird indeed. We also have Barred Plymouth Rocks, Bluebells, White Araucanas, Lohmann Browns, Blackrocks, Light Sussex and Silver Sussex. And I must not forget Gwyndaf the new Welsummer cockerel - great to hear crowing again!

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:37 am

I bet things things feel like they have come back to life again, Alan....lovely, lovely, pictures.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:48 am

oldherbaceous wrote:I bet things things feel like they have come back to life again, Alan.


That's exactly how it feels, OH :D
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby vivienz » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:15 pm

Lovely looking birds.

To my shame, I've never knowingly eaten duck eggs. Not due to any aversions but I have simply never got around to it. I've read descriptions that they are like chicken eggs but more so, but never really understood what this means. How would you sum up the difference between them, Alan?
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Postby alan refail » Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:30 pm

You took the words out of my mouth, Vivienz: "they are like chicken eggs but more so"! White slightly more solid and yolk more creamy.
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Postby Westi » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:10 pm

I'm glad you asked that vivienz - exactly what was going through my mind as I looked at the pics.

Alan, this must be indeed be helping you get back on track. Your son is doing well & finding rare stock as well - you must feel so much more motivated & optimistic! Glad you are back & posting these great pictures.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:46 pm

Lovely photos and it must be delightful to have all these interesting new breeds.
I too am embarrassed to admit I,ve never eaten a duck's egg. Somehow I imagine they might have a stronger "eggy" flavour which i might not like so I await being corrected.

Just as a matter of curiosity since ai,ve never kept chickens, what time does your cockerel start crowing, and does this vary depending on what time dawn arrives? You must forgive me for being an ignorant "semi townie" !
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:31 pm

Primrose wrote: What time does your cockerel start crowing, and does this vary depending on what time dawn arrives?

About an hour or an hour and a half before first light. Maybe earlier but I'm asleep and fairly deaf!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:32 am

Great start to the week - four duck eggs this morning! First it was one a day, then two for a while, then three - and now four. Soon all seven will be laying. Happy days.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Shallot Man » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:00 am

vivienz wrote:Lovely looking birds.

To my shame, I've never knowingly eaten duck eggs. Not due to any aversions but I have simply never got around to it. I've read descriptions that they are like chicken eggs but more so, but never really understood what this means. How would you sum up the difference between them, Alan?


In my opinion they taste a touch stronger.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:17 am

New ducks are obviously happy Alan. As you say, exciting times!
When are you going into business?
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby tigerburnie » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:38 am

Not aware that I've eaten duck eggs either, not a huge eater of eggs except in the wife's fine baking.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:53 am

Are you able to sell them locally, Alan, if you do get a build up? Maybe at your fine butchers, if you still use it, that is!!!!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:20 am

We do sell them OH. To neighbours and friends and at the door. We can't sell through shops as we are not a registered packing station!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:22 am

That's good that you have a small outlet for them..... keep forgetting about rules and regulations!!!! :)
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