Ducks 101 – Duck Antics

Ducks make great pets. But as a non-common pet there is often much to learn. And they are happy to teach us. Let’s delve into their tales (or should that be tails) and see what they have to tell us…

Understanding Duck boundaries at PumpjackPiddlewick

If you have ever flown, you may realise that from above all looks different. And this is true for ducks as well. If you have pet ducks, and you don’t clip their wings, they could fly away simply because they don’t recognise the familiar from above. Or… you can teachRead More →

flocking with our pet duck at PumpjackPiddlewick

It is a natural instinct in a duck to flock. And by flocking, I mean wanting, nay needing, to be with others. To be part of a crowd. Safety in numbers and all that. And as ducks are essentially prey, the flock instinct is exceptionally strong. It’s one of thoseRead More →

We get asked a lot whether ducks mate for life. Let's delve into the topic at PumpjackPiddlewick

I get asked a lot ~ ‘Do ducks mate for life?’ The answer is Yes. And, no. Like most things in life, it’s not a straight forward answer. It depends on the breed of duck, the circumstances of birth, are they wild or tame, and the whole nurture nature argument.Read More →

Can Ducks actually be pets? Let's find out at PumpjackPiddlewick

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