2016 brough the addition of Ancona ducks to the farm! I had wanted to add this species, but never had a legitimate reason until last fall when one of the goats got meningeal worm. It is a terrible brain and spinal column parasite that causes paralysis and death. The goats pick up the parasite by ingesting slugs who have picked up the parasite from the droppings of wild deer. Our pastures are right next to a creek; prime deer and slug territory. Ducks' favorite food source is slugs and snails! The plan is to rotate the ducks through the pastures to help minimize their exposure to slugs/snails while also building up an Ancona flock of high quality breeding ducks. Read more about the Ancona duck breed here on the the livestock conservancy website.
My focus will be to breed Anconas that meet the breed standard, excel in ability to grow and thrive on pasture/limited grain, reach finishing size in 4 months, and are strong, consistent layers. Right now the flock is only the black color pattern.