Chickens and ducks

Our feathered funny friends, they make us laugh with their antics, particularly when they run. They are extremely friendly and can also be quite moody. Currently we have a rooster, Mr Coq, aka the face of Pumpjack, Gertrude, our large grey chicken who loves her food, Goth, our regal and quiet black hen, and finally our little Piddlewick, our tiny brown chicken and the boss of the chickens. Then there are the ducks, children of Maggie, our pet duck. Sir Studly is our resident (and only, hence the name) male, Tequila, the leader of the pack when Maggie is not in residence, Sunrise, otherwise known as Sunny for disposition, and following or leading, depending how you look at it, there is BeepBeep. She is the smallest, the runt, but also the smartest and has wormed her way into our hearts and house. And as it is a busy garden, we also have an assortment of owls, blackbirds, wood doves, sparrows, finches…

Can Ducks be Pets - Duck Tales and FAQs at PumpjackPiddlewick

As part of our duck tales, I posted a picture of our duck Maggie sleeping on Pumpjack’s shoulder on Instagram (@PumpjackPiddlewick). There were lots of likes. And then, a comment to the affect, ‘Ewwww, there is just something wrong with having a duck as a pet’. It got me toRead More →

Cat carriers are not just for cats at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you ever given a thought about the humble cat carrier? Thought not. Most people don’t give it a glance until it gets called into play to take their cat to the vet. If the cat carrier had a conscience, it would feel pretty miserable about itself. But cat carriersRead More →

Do you love or hate autumn asks PumjackPiddlewick

I can honestly say I don’t like Autumn. And… I can honestly say I love it. It is probably my favourite season. Okay, second favourite. Because I hate the dark. Not that monster under your bed kind of fear hate, but the days closing in hate.  And if I amRead More →

Home Sweet Home Our pet duck Maggie stacking her claim in the chicken and duck run at PumpjackPiddlewick

This spring we built a chicken duck enclosure. After much planning, reviewing and more planning, we finally threw all the ideas away and went for simple and inexpensive and the least amount of disruption to our feathered flock as possible. Creatures of Habit Chickens, and particularly ducks, well at leastRead More →