Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Black Silky Bantam Ducks

The newest and rarest residents of Bright Angels' Farm are this lovely pair of black Silky Bantam ducks. We are hoping in this age of avian flu worries to preserve several color strains of this breed along with three color types of Australian Spotted Bantam ducks. Both breeds work very well in a homestead setting. Ours live in a small barn near the gardens and go out daily (when not setting their own eggs each spring and mid-summer)to patrol for slugs and other pests. They are small but vigorous in their activities. The Aussies can fly but tend to do so only in circular routes that bring them right back home. If all goes as planned we will have sexed ducklings and possibly some mature proven pairs of ducks available for sale this upcoming summer.

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