Doug's Ducks in West Greenwich, RI
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Doug's Ducks is a small Welsh Harlequin Duck farm located in West Greenwich, RI.
Where do you sell your eggs?---We currently sell our eggs at our small farm by appointment. Please email us for more details. Limited delivery is available.
How many birds do you have?---We have about 25 hens who are free to roam on our three acre farm, but our flock is always growing to meet the demand for our eggs.
How do you house your ducks/chickens?---They have a duck house /chicken coop as well as a run, but during the day they are free to roam our 3 acre farm.
What do you feed your ducks/chickens?---Since our hens are pastured they eat whatever is in the pasture or in our natural spring stream. The like bugs, worms, flowers, and grass. They are supplemented with layer pellets throughout the week.
What is you favorite breed of duck/chicken?---We raise Welsh Harlequin Ducks & Easter Egger Chickens
I have never eaten a duck egg before, how are they different than a chicken egg?----Duck eggs are very similar to chicken eggs in taste, look and how you cook them. Duck eggs are typically larger in size than chicken eggs and the shell is harder and this keeps them fresher longer.
The Welsh Harlequin is a fairly new breed, developed by Leslie Bonnett in Wales from two off-colored Khaki Campbell ducklings in 1949. They came to the United States in 1968 and were accepted into the American Poultry Association in 2001 in the Light Duck class. They are becoming a very popular breed due to their multipurpose characteristics. They have excellent egg production abilities due to their Khaki Campbell background yet retain the instinct to sit and hatch a nest full of ducklings. They are calm, inquisitive and excellent foragers. They seem to be the calmest bird on our farm.
They can also make an outstanding dressed bird as their under-feathers are almost exclusively white making their carcass as pretty as a pure white bird. Interestingly, they can be sexed after hatching with 90% accuracy by their bill color. Darker bills mean a male and lighter bills ending in a dark spot are normally females. Within several days this distinction disappears. They are also a beautiful bird, especially the feather patterns and colors on the adult females.