Meet our Ducks

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Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

Adopting an animal is really easy. You simply choose the subscription plan you want and then click the PayPal button. You can then manage your subscription through your PayPal account.

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below, but many of these rewards spread much further into the local community.

Find out more and see the perks of adopting an animal

We have 5 ducks at The Island, one male named Deefer and four females Donald, Zoltan, Francis and Roast. Our ducks are extremely comical, often telling us when they want to come out and explore the farm and when it’s dinner time with a very loud QUACK! You can always spot them waddling around in a line and playing in our mint plant. They’re always together bathing in the pond and causing havoc amongst the hay and straw. Well, I say they’re always together, but you can often spot Donald shouting for her family after being distracted by a leaf blowing in the wind…

Did you know that there are two ways to identify a duck’s sex? Of course, there’s the obvious way but this can only be done with a lot of patience and experienced hands. The other way is to wait until the ducks are a little older and start quacking. The male duck will often have a low-pitched call, that sounds almost like a vibration. Whereas the females have the loud and prominent quack that we often associate with duck sounds! How cool?!

The Mighty Ducks

Our ducklings came to live with us on Thursday 19th October 2017, at just two days old. Their momma duck and siblings were eaten by a fox whilst they were nesting in the garden of a member of the local community. We received a call asking if we could take in the ducklings and rear them by hand. Although we had never cared for baby ducks before, we had experience with chicks and decided to give them a chance at life. So, we got out the chick nursery, some heat pads, small bowls of water and duckling food. The young people at The Island Project helped to name and care for our ducks, they even helped to coordinate a Halloween fundraising event in order to build the ducks their own coop. We raised over £1,000 thanks to the generosity of the general public and had a fantastic evening carving pumpkins, playing games and hosting a fancy dress competition. Leo the cat was fascinated by the little fluffy creatures in the big warm box near to where he slept, he would watch over them night and day making sure they were safe (and stealing a seat on their heat pad).

When the ducks grew too big for the nursery, they were house in a corner of the Small Animal Room, that was sectioned off especially for them. Now that they were a little bigger, and had developed their adult feathers, they were able to learn to swim, without having to worry about getting too cold. We introduced a small, shallow pond (about as deep as a cat litter tray) for them to practice in and the young people worked on digging out a pond for them to splash around and dunk in. Before their coop was ready, our five fully grown Mallard-Campbell ducks temporarily moved in with the chickens, which was a success for a while, the ducks learned where they lived and when dinner time is – we never had their wings clipped as we thought it would be unfair to them, as once they were grown, we wanted them to make their own choice about where they wanted to live.  The duck pen was ready for them to move in and years later the ducks have remained on the farm, a place that they have made their own and feel safe and secure. We had to learn a lot about caring for ducks and their specific needs, but it was not a challenge that we could not master. We now have five, fully-grown, happy, healthy and bossy ducks that have made our farm their home.

We have 5 ducks at The Island, one male named Deefer and four females Donald, Zoltan, Francis and Roast. Our ducks are extremely comical, often telling us when they want to come out and explore the farm and when it’s dinner time with a very loud QUACK! You can always spot them waddling around in a line and playing in our mint plant. They’re always together bathing in the pond and causing havoc amongst the hay and straw. Well, I say they’re always together, but you can often spot Donald shouting for her family after being distracted by a leaf blowing in the wind…

Did you know that there are two ways to identify a duck’s sex? Of course, there’s the obvious way but this can only be done with a lot of patience and experienced hands. The other way is to wait until the ducks are a little older and start quacking. The male duck will often have a low-pitched call, that sounds almost like a vibration. Whereas the females have the loud and prominent quack that we often associate with duck sounds! How cool?!

The Mighty Ducks

Our ducklings came to live with us on Thursday 19th October 2017, at just two days old. Their momma duck and siblings were eaten by a fox whilst they were nesting in the garden of a member of the local community. We received a call asking if we could take in the ducklings and rear them by hand. Although we had never cared for baby ducks before, we had experience with chicks and decided to give them a chance at life. So, we got out the chick nursery, some heat pads, small bowls of water and duckling food. The young people at The Island Project helped to name and care for our ducks, they even helped to coordinate a Halloween fundraising event in order to build the ducks their own coop. We raised over £1,000 thanks to the generosity of the general public and had a fantastic evening carving pumpkins, playing games and hosting a fancy dress competition. Leo the cat was fascinated by the little fluffy creatures in the big warm box near to where he slept, he would watch over them night and day making sure they were safe (and stealing a seat on their heat pad).

When the ducks grew too big for the nursery, they were house in a corner of the Small Animal Room, that was sectioned off especially for them. Now that they were a little bigger, and had developed their adult feathers, they were able to learn to swim, without having to worry about getting too cold. We introduced a small, shallow pond (about as deep as a cat litter tray) for them to practice in and the young people worked on digging out a pond for them to splash around and dunk in. Before their coop was ready, our five fully grown Mallard-Campbell ducks temporarily moved in with the chickens, which was a success for a while, the ducks learned where they lived and when dinner time is – we never had their wings clipped as we thought it would be unfair to them, as once they were grown, we wanted them to make their own choice about where they wanted to live.  The duck pen was ready for them to move in and years later the ducks have remained on the farm, a place that they have made their own and feel safe and secure. We had to learn a lot about caring for ducks and their specific needs, but it was not a challenge that we could not master. We now have five, fully-grown, happy, healthy and bossy ducks that have made our farm their home.

The Ducks in action

Video Credit:

The Island Project is an alternative education facility which is based on The Island Community Haven Farm. At the provision, many hard to reach young people learn to manage their social, emotional and mental health by participating in animal-assisted learning, many other outdoor learning activities, alongside AimVoc qualifications.

This video has been created alongside the young people who attend The Haven and who care for and love all of our animals.

Duck Welfare Considerations

Mallards are omnivores, feeding on grass, seeds, aquatic plants, fish, insects and worms. Being waterfowl, Mallards are largely aquatic, and spend much of their time in and around water feeding, bathing, swimming, resting and performing complex social behaviours.

All ducks have highly waterproof feathers. A duck’s feathers are so waterproof that even when the duck dives underwater, the downy underlayer of feathers right next to the skin will stay completely dry.

The eggs will hatch within 28 days normally, except for the Muscovy duck which takes about 35 days to hatch. The mother duck will keep her brood of ducklings together to protect them from predators.

How can you help?

When rehoming an animal, there is a lot to consider; including staff expertise and further training requirements, accommodation and space, equipment costs, and dietary requirements, just to name a few!

The biggest and most effective way to support The Island Community Haven is through adopting an animal. Your adoption and support will allow us to continue to care for animals who are in need of a second chance. There are many individual perks to adopting an animal which are detailed below; but many of these rewards spread much further into the wider community.

Rescue and rehomed animals will now have the opportunity to live a free-range lifestyle, to help young people manage their mental health and to feel love and care, which they themselves perhaps have not experienced before.  None of this would be possible without the animal adoring communities of Draycott, Borrowash, Risley and beyond.

Ideal last minute gift?

Why not adopt an animal for a special friend or relative. You will receive a member’s pack and perks to go along with many other perks, as part of your membership. See below for more information.

Attend a meet-up?

Fancy mucking out our animals, feeding them, fussing them and seeing the farm? Did you know that every Sunday, the farm is open to the local community.

Adopting An Animal is as easy as 1, 2, 3

1. Choose an animal to adopt

All of our animals are amazing, but who is your favourite?

2. Choose your subscription

Once subscribed you can manage your subscription directly through PayPal.

3. Become part of the community

Thank you for being amazing! We can’t wait to see you soon.

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

Good Looking Duck

Perks of Adopting An Animal

When you adopt an animal, you become part of The Island Community Haven family

Silver

A great gift for all occasions

eCertificate & Thank You letter

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

£5

per month

Gold

Perfect for those who want to get involved

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

£10

per month

Platinum

Ideal for groups or those who can support more

Posted Certificate and Welcome Pack

Download Pack – Bursting with resources, animal videos, screen savers and more.

Subscriber-only content

Monthly updates

Patron Visits

Meet-ups

Discounts on other services

Exclusive rental of the farm

£20+

per month

  • eCertificate (silver) or posted laminated Certificate (Gold & Platinum)
  • Download Pack containing different resources, videos of the animal you have adopted, screen savers and more.

The Island Community Haven has a private group area for all Gold and Platinum supporters. The area has regular updates including virtual tours of the farm and opportunities to interact with staff and animals. The content in this area is exclusive for those who have adopted an animal.

The Island Community Haven runs many other services outside of adopting an animal; The Island Project is an Alternative Provision which supports vulnerable young people who for a range of complex reasons are not accessing mainstream schooling, so instead young people access the farm and participant in animal-assisted learning, outside of the classroom-based learning, woodwork, art, gardening and much more.

Young People take part in regular English and Media sessions to bring you monthly newsletters written by the young people at The Island Project Farming & Education Centre.

Oversight of the newsletter will be completed by a member of staff who will also include many other relevant updates.

Throughout the year The Island Community Haven would love to invite everyone who has adopted an animal to come to the farm and see us in action. Dates are released throughout the year via email and social media.

Patrons will have exclusive use of the farm, meaning supporters can bring the family along to feed, fuss and engage with all of our animals. Staff will be at hand with activities and informative chats.

Hot drinks and food will also be available, making patron visits an ideal trip out for the family.

Sundays 10 am – 12 midday. Booking essential (Gold & Platinum – Free)

The purpose of The Island Community Haven meetups is to allow the local community the opportunity to visit a farm, which has lots of rescued animals and help care for them, maintain their accommodation and carry out minor repairs. Although the farm is utilized throughout the week by many different services, maintenance of the farm can build up. Together, during meetups volunteers can help keep the farm, animals and surrounding areas well kept.

The farm also hosts a community allotment patch, which is accessed throughout the week by young people and partners at The Island Project as well as those who attend meetups. In the garden you can expect to be learning gardening techniques, keeping fit while in nature and taking healthy food home for the family.

The farm is located on a 3-acre patch of land in Draycott which boarders Borrowash and Risley. Although the aims of meetups are to volunteer – socialising and meeting likeminded people is also a big part of the session. No previous experience is required, just a ‘can do’ attitude. Children under 16 or those with learning difficulties or additional support requirements must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Alison on 07970865154 before attending to secure your place.

As the Island Community Haven grows and becomes more sustainable more and more services will come to fruition. Discount is 50% for Gold and Platinum supporters.

Current services available for discount:

  • Exclusive use of site rental: The farm site can be rented for a range of business or personal occasions. For more information please click here
  • Party rental: Special Educational Needs (SEN) parties can be facilitated with trained staff provided. For more information please click here
  • Events: As part of fundraising efforts and efforts to bring the local community together with the Island Community Haven hosts a range of events held throughout the year. As a member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Up and coming services:

  • Magic Manure: This service aims to provide those who already garden or who are interested in gardening with horse manure. Horse manure is an excellent want to replenish and regenerate soil which has been worked for many years and would benefit from a nutritional top-up. Alternatively, this service supports those who are just starting out; horse manure can be used to create new planting beds.
  • Workshops: Bringing experts to the farm to share knowledge and experiences is something the Haven is looking to develop. As a Silver or Platinum member, you will receive 50% of the entrance pricing for you and your visiting group.

Platinum supporters have the opportunity to use the farm space for an occasion of your choice for a morning, afternoon or evening session – for FREE (2-hour slots). This could be a social group, youth group, parties, family gathering, corporate meeting venue etc.

Booking is subject to availability, please contact us for more information.

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