Our ducks and geese are back on their pond with a brand new house and new enrichment platforms! The birds have been bunking in with the chickens and turkeys as their new enclosure was built, but are now settling into their new and improved pond near Muddy Boots nursery. This has been a big project and one that was only made possible from the generous donations and help of hardworking volunteers, including volunteers from Deutsche Bank, Jones Lang Lasalle, Barclays and Mangroup! Thank you all very much for your help! Continue reading

We’re proud to announce another new arrival! Remember our Mandarin duck hatching eggs? Although the eggs are due to hatch tomorrow, we’ve had an early arrival! This little one was developing a bit faster than its siblings and we heard this little guy (or girl!) cheeping in its egg late Friday night. That, taken together with a look at its beak in the egg’s air cell meant that it had internally pipped and was getting close to hatching. However, there was no further activity until this afternoon when it burst out of its egg! The tiny duckling is still drying off, so looks a bit bedraggled, but is fluffing up nicely. More adorable photos on the next page. Continue reading

What better way to launch a new blog than with new life! Spring is in full swing with the lambs playing on the fields and all our poultry are busy laying eggs! You may have noticed a few little (and not so little) chicks near pets corner!

One special project we’ve taking on is to try to hatch out more beautiful Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata). You may have seen our mandarin drake (shown below) at Pheasant Crescent in Pets Corner. See more photos and videos of the developing eggs on the next page! Continue reading