biggest problem in the built up area where we live is to make it fox proof but not unsightly. To this end we have spent a lot of money on climbing plants to
cover the perimeter wire fencing. Underground the wire is 2'6" deep and inside the wire fence is an 18" concrete path with a 4' high brick wall. This
is to stop ducklings from walking out of the garden.
Wooden fencing is not a good idea in this area as we are only 100yds from the English Channel and the winds can cause fencing to be blown down, we have lost a lot of fencing this way.
The 6 ponds are concrete and they have all been covered with fiberglass, all of which are connected by streams and the water is pumped around several filters. The 5th pond and surrounding area is solely for the use of young birds leaving the duckery. The second aviary encloses the 6th pond and it is a protected area purely for our NZBT, which over the years have proved to be very successful.
boxes have to be varied for the type of ducks we keep. These vary from just
small nesting areas to ground or raised boxes. We only ever use wood-shavings mixed with peat
for nesting waterfowl. All the boxes are cleaned and sprayed with
disinfectant every year. We currently use 4 octagon 20 incubators, 2 octogon 10 and a brooder;
this is quite adequate for our small collection.
The feed we use, which is available to all the birds is:
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