Yesterday we had a neat event that I wanted to share. Duckling Day!
We invited the community to come and visit our new ducklings. The ducklings were hatched tuesday, arrived thursday and the event was sunday. We put a notice out to the groups we are a part of and let everybody know we were going to open our house and let everybody come and meet ducklings. It ran from 11-2pm and we had almost 40 people come. Most we had never met before. Most had never seen chicks or ducklings and were goggle eyed over seeing them so close in person. Most got a chance to sit ad hold the ducklings - which made them swoon.
Everybody was interested so I took the time to educate and explain about ducks and their lifecycle and living requirements. A number were homeschool families who came and used the event as a learning class.
The event was free with the idea that it was a way to share the ducklings, as well as let the community know more about our little farm and get the word out. We included duck egg refreshments for everybody to sample- hard boiled eggs, duck egg mayonnaise, and duck egg quiche.
We also decided to try something unique - an offer to people to adopt a duck share. The model is a subscription where we keep and raise the ducks, and the person can choose a duck they want to adopt. We will send them pics and updates, as well as an actual printed photo and a dozen duck eggs a month. As part of all this they can come and visit and interact with the ducks and see them each month. We have a select group of ducks to be friendly snuggle ducks ( my wife’s term) so that people can pet/ hold/ feed the ducks as they grow. We decided to offer 6 spots, and two are already taken.