Duck and Goose Eggs
Domesticated waterfowl such as ducks and geese are farmed for eggs and meat, and sometimes also their feathers are used. Here at the farm we keep ducks and geese for their eggs, which we sell here. Ask in the farm office to see what’s available. Ducks lay regularly but not quite as much as chickens, and not in mid-winter. Their eggs are richer and stronger-tasting than chicken eggs, and are ideal for baking. Geese lay less frequently, but their eggs are so large that you only need one egg to make an omelette!
We sell both duck and goose eggs from our onsite farm shop. We have duck eggs most days and the geese lay several times a week. Pop into the farm shop to see what’s freshly laid on the day.
Ducks are water birds, so have webbed feet for swimming and an oily coating on their feathers to keep them waterproof. A male duck is called a drake, a female is simply called a duck, and baby ducks are called ducklings. The males are usually more colourful than the females, and can also be recognised by the backward-curling tuft of feathers on their tail. The breeds we keep here include domestic Aylesbury ducks, which are white with or- ange beaks, Indian Runner ducks, which have an upright leaning stance and run rather than waddle, Brown Ducks, and Crested Ducks. Many of the ducks are crosses between these breeds.
Geese are also waterfowl, but are larger and louder than ducks. They make excellent guard animals, as they react noisily and aggressively to any unexpected sound or approach. A male goose is called a gander, a female is simply called a goose, babies are called goslings, and a group of geese is called a gaggle. The two breeds of geese kept here are Chinese Geese, which are mainly in the orchard, and white African geese, here in the pond. Both breeds are closely related and have the same colour variations, but the African is heavier in build and has a larger dewlap (under-chin skin flap).