I've been looking for an excuse to join this site for ages, finally have one, expect a pertinent duck based question on those threads soon. Meanwhile an hello... Name's George, 23 year old poultry keeping graduate living on the Isles of Scilly. A group of islands off the south west coast of Cornwall, fairly interesting unique place - best bit poultry wise is a lack of predators such as foxes. Biggest predators are domesticated cats and seagulls. Anyway, our growing collection is as follows: 5 ducks, 1 (breeds are uncertain and based on matchings) Aylesbury, 1 mallard and 2 saxony. The two saxony males are Jocasta and Persephone and the two females called Spencer and Sharon (the joys of naming ducks before you know what gender they are). Chicken wise - 4 polish bantam (Atlas, Zeus, Chronos, and Sita the chick) 3 silkies (one called Hermes, the others as of yet unnamed) 2 sussex type things (although not certain) called Babs and Bunty and 1 weird thing that's small and black and we're not sure what he is. Also for some strange reason one of the local school kids called him Domestos. Our chicken collecting began about two years ago when someone leaving the islands wanted someone to dump their chickens on - we, for a chance of scenery, took on Babs and Bunty. From there we fell in love and collected. Babs and Bunty are getting a bit old and frail (in fact Bunty is almost completely blind now), but all the rest we've had since they were eggs. Anyway enough of a probably too lengthy intro... to the duck forums with my pertinent questions.