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bodger

Welsh Harlequin Ducks again.

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I bought some ducks locally that were supposedly Welsh Harlequins and that when they were delivered, they were nothing like. It was a big disappointment and they were 'returned to sender' Well I'm going to give it another go.

Our eldest son is coming home tonight with a trio of what will hopefully be the real deal. He lives in Brecon and saw an advert in a local garage asking £25.00 for them. He's going to pick the birds up during his dinner break and drive up with them after work.

This coming Saturday also sees a rare breed sale at Bryncir Cattle market, which is about 15 miles away from us, so I'll be looking in on that with an open mind and a fairly open wallet.
emsley

All sounds good
Can't wait to see photos
bodger

I'm just hoping that this time they are what is says on the packet. My eldest knows nothing about poultry and wont get to see them until he picks them up this afternoon.
olde9856

Hmm talking of Welsh Harlequins, I must get a new drake for my 3 girls the one we kept is a nice bird but not fertile so replacement needed sometime over the winter. He did roast nicely though!
Dave C

Waste no want not  

Looking forward to seeing some pics john  
bodger

olde9856 wrote:
Hmm talking of Welsh Harlequins, I must get a new drake for my 3 girls the one we kept is a nice bird but not fertile so replacement needed sometime over the winter. He did roast nicely though!


That chap in Brecon has two trios for sale. Its not that far from you. Wait and see what my three are like.
hughesy

We used to love our WH ducks. Not as much as the local fox did unfortunately.
olde9856

Sounds like an idea John
bodger

They wont be landing here until about ten tonight, so I'll try and get some pictures tomorrow.
bodger

The ducks arrived safely quite late last night, so I decided to leave them in the boxes until later on this morning. They are fully feathered but are only about ten weeks old.
bodger

I nipped out and fed and watered them. They seem lively healthy little beggars but as to whether or not they're the right colour, I really don't know. I'm not sure how they should look and they're only babies, so feathering might change as they get older. †I'm happy with them though. Tom says that they're a slightly early birthday present for me.














They seem to be quite a bit off from the pictures shown on this link.




https://www.google.co.uk/search?q...ARqFQoTCNC0wbHYoMgCFUc8FAodoTcDyw
olde9856

Break colours look right and as very young birds it's hard to tell, but they look decent. Do you have the contact for the breeder John?
bodger

The eldest lad is still in bed but he's got the contact number with him. I'll PM you with it when he vacates his pit.

Wha'ts the betting that there are some more for sale at the sale I'm going to this coming Saturday?
olde9856

That's the usual way with things
Dave C

Very nice John, will the females heads lighten up ?

Is it eggs your after or will they make it to the table as well ?
bodger

Eggs are the main thing but its also nice to have birds that look like they're supposed to.

I had 14 of the reject WH's in the last lot and 2 of them refused to be caught to be sent back. as luck would have it those 2 were the closest to looking likw they should. I might have to reappraise them.
Toddy

Nice looking wee birds
I like jucks, something very happy looking about them. Beautiful birds and good in a garden that's ready for them. Himself says I'm not having any though :/
I'll enjoy them vicariously through your posts

M
bodger

You wont be able to resist the ducklings i'm hoping to hatch next spring.
Toddy

My Granny kept ducks and hens when I was very little. I wasn't so keen on the hens with their quick sharp beaks, but the ducks I liked. They used to follow me around the garden I had to wear shoes though, because they were 'messy' birds, but they liked to have a rummage through when I delved up a bit of flower bed for them.
Himself says I'm still not having any.

M
Dave C

Do they lay a large white egg like a Campbell ?
bodger

I'm not sure Dave but I do recall reading somewhere that when they were created, they were known as a breed that supplied winter time eggs.
hughesy

The ones we had were very good layers, all year round and lovely big white eggs. Lovely birds but oh blimey did they make a mess if the ground was a bit wet.
Dave C

Well guess what my lad Charlie is after now ?


bdooly Welsh Harliquin Ducks †


Thanks bodger for the lovely pictures†

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