Category Archives: News and Announcements

Piglets, Finally!

Number 1 farrowed June 18 and her piglets are weaned and ready to go. These are all Bootleg’s piglets too. We’re keeping Pinky and Brownie 3, both male piglets, and the rest can go. Folks here are starting to buy piglets for fattening for Baclayon town fiesta in December. If you’re interested in buying our piglets, please come and visit us. Piglets in our village sell for PhP2,500 each.

Here’s a video of the piglets with Number 1, taken when the piglets were about 6 days old. This is Number 1’s first litter and she has proven to be a wonderful caring mother!


Here’s a video of the piglets enjoying the garden. They are about 3-4 weeks old here, learning to root and forage for the first time.

Their father, Bootleg is half-duroc, and the mother, Number 1, is a mix of Landrace and Large White. There’s probably some Pietrain or Philippine Native Pig mixed in there too. Our attempts at cross-breeding and keeping pigs in natural environment has been quite successful. These pigs are strong and hardy, able to enjoy the outdoors. They are never mutilated (no castrating, ear notching, or tail docking, etc). They are also never injected with antibiotics or supplements. I’ll post more about our pig breeding experiences later.

We hope to have piglets more next time! 🙂

For Sale – Muscovy Ducks Breeding Pair (1,000 pesos per pair)

helloduck1

We have about 5 pairs of ducks ready for dispatch. The male ducks (drakes) are 6 months old and above, mature and already capable of mating. These drakes were also part of our duck fattening program so they are large and meaty birds that will make a fantastic duck stew. But because these drakes grew very quickly, they have “angel wing syndrome”, presented as a deformity of the wing. This does not affect the breeding or genetics of the ducks.

The drakes come with female ducks that are 6 months old and above, some have already laid their first clutch of eggs. So when you buy a breeding pair, you don’t need to wait 6 months to start having eggs and ducklings.

helloduck2If you would like to start your own family of ducks, call or text 0929-8057723 to make an appointment to visit Duckduckbro!

turkey3
Turkey Daddy invades the Duckduckbro premises! 😜

What?! Prefer turkey?

Sure! We don’t have them! 😂 But our neighbour does! 😄 She sells turkey chicks at 250 pesos each. When you come and visit, we can check them out.

When in Bohol …

Finally, we managed to visit the restaurant that buys our ducks! I have looked them up on Trip Advisor earlier and saw that they went up and down the 1-5 ranking of best restaurants in Bohol. I have often been disappointed with culinary experiences here but wondered if this place will disappoint my pessimism – if they appreciate the exquisite flavour of barbary duck then they must be more sophisticated than the usual folks who are happy with the same bland menu every season.

I went there with my husband and ordered: Salad Niçoise, house wine (white wine), Spaghetti Niçoise, Mexican Beef, Black Coffee and Coffee Grand Marnier. It was all absolutely amazingly good food!! Thank goodness!! The staff were so friendly and worked hard too!

saladNiçois

Here’s the Salad Niçoise (above) which doesn’t look particularly impressive but the taste is amazing. The salad vegetables and herbs here are delightfully refreshing and flavourful, as it turns out, the place have their own herb and vegetable garden.The freshness of such simple ingredients as tomatoes, basil and cucumbers make such an enormous difference in the quality of this salad.

Both the Salad Niçoise and Spaghetti Niçoise also gave me an idea as to how I can put more fish in our diet. The dressing with anchovies and the seared tuna were just perfect.

spaghettiNiçois

Here is the Mexican Beef which I nearly finished before I could take a photo! I often order beef to see how good a restaurant is because a bad restaurant would often have tough pieces of meat in pathetic servings. But this beef was tender and not overcooked or over-sauced and over-spiced. If you have excellent ingredients, there is no need to be garish!

mexicanbeef

The coffee was excellent, and in Bohol it is so easy to ruin good coffee beans! Thank goodness, this restaurant knew how to brew good coffee. The French coffee I ordered was also excellent. I was a bit nervous because I often have allergic reactions to both milk and alcohol but I experienced no discomfort with both the cream and the Grand Marnier. Often, I have associated my problems with the quality of the liquor.

blackcoffeecoffeegrandmafrnier

It was really great to get to know this place and indeed, quite an honour that they are serving our ducks here!

Here (below) are some photos, this time of the herb and vegetable gardens that the restaurant maintains. I cannot stress enough what a difference it makes to have these ingredients fresh! Hopefully, our own garden will get better over time and provide us with our own fresh produce. It hasn’t been easy with the bad and rocky soil but over the years, it is getting better!

Anyway, when in Bohol, do take the time to visit The Pearl Restaurant at Linaw Beach Resort on Panglao Island. Cheers!

Duck Availability for January-March 2016

mommyduck

New Year Greetings from Duckduckbro in Baclayon!

If you’re looking for free-range ducks to serve, we got them!

Our ducks are the Muscovy variety, also known as Barbary Duck. At the moment, we have 10 ducks to dispatch until the end of January. In end of February, there will be 5 more available. By end of March to beginning of April, there will be at least 15 ducks available. These ducks are at least 4 months old, providing fantastic, lean and tender duck meat.

We also have native chickens which are a very important non-meat breed of chickens known for their extraordinary flavour. If you are interested, we have 5 available, and by end of February, will have 10 more ready to dispatch, then another 10 by end of March.

If you’re interested in further expanding Bohol’s culinary experience, please help us reduce our growing duck (and native chicken) population! Please buy Barbary! Details are provided below.

Best wishes,

Fatima at Duckduckbro!

About Our Ducks

Our ducks are allowed to free-range in the garden with their own pond for swimming. They eat commercial feeds combined with chopped or grated coconuts, chopped banana trunks, taro roots and unripe jackfruits. The baby ducklings are kept in a separate pen to protect them from crushing. They are fed commercial booster feeds or hog grower feeds, and at 6 weeks old are let out into the garden with the older ducks.

How Much Our Ducks (and Native Chickens) Cost

Dressed Ducks (Barbary Ducks)

(These are ducks less than 6 months old so the meat is softer. These are prepared with head and feet intact. Liver, heart and gizzard are included. Let us know if you would like to include the intestines and blood. Place your order at least two days in advance so that your duck can be prepared).

Dressed Duck – 250 pesos per kilo

For orders/inquiries contact:

Fatima Lasay

Email: fats.lasay@gmail.com

Make an appointment to visit:

Call or Text Fatima/Penny

Mobile: +63 9298057723

Our location:

San Roque, Baclayon, Bohol, Philippines

Do We Deliver?

We’re thinking about it! We’re so low-tech we don’t even have a vehicle. But we can hire a neighbour with a tricycle to deliver to your place or we can commute some ducks! 😉 So that’ll be extra cost. Contact us and we’ll talk about it.

See our ducks online at http://www.duckduckbro.com/

Socialise with our ducks at https://www.facebook.com/duckduckbro

Don’t Know How to Cook Duck????

With some 3 to 5 ducks, you can feed the whole town! 🙂

Focus on: Passion Flower

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Passion Flower

This is the beautiful enchanting flower of the Passiflora edulis, or the passion flower. The plant is a vine and the fruits ripen from a green to a yellow colour. The fruit is pulpy, containing numerous edible seeds, with a distinct sweet aroma. This is one of few plants that survived the drought from February-June of this year.

The seeds of this plant are now available for Seed Save and Swap!

passionfruits

Are You Ready for El Nino?

elnino

Are you ready for El Niño until 2016? What are some of the things you’re doing to prepare, apart from the conservation of water? Do you have plants and animals that are/will be affected by El Niño?

We’ve had a dry spell of nearly 5 months this year, from February until June, and this resulted in the loss of many crops and in some villages, the death of goats and cattle due to the lack of water to drink and moisture in vegetation. So we’re thinking more seriously about water shortage beginning January 2016 and a simple way of water desalination / purification is one of the things we’re looking at, sea water being just a few meters away. Another item on our agenda is soil moisture retention to keep our plants alive and the condition of the soil good. The last one is water harvesting, generally a means to collect rainwater run-off (we’ve already started this by having a tilapia pond, duck pond and a reservoir).

How about you? Are you getting ready for El Niño? Here’s an interesting video on water desalination/purification.

Seed Swap (Season 1)

We are interested in saving and swapping heirloom and/or open-pollinated seeds with anyone from the Philippines. As of this moment, the following seeds (below) are available for swap. Just bear in mind that in principle all our seeds should be heirloom and open-pollinated as they come from plants growing in our garden, but some might be natural hybrids where seeds have more than one source. We do our best, but we are not a professional seed company and cannot make promises.

If you’d like to join the swap, simply fill up the form at “Backyard Seeds”, just let us know what seeds you can swap and which seeds you’d like to receive. You can find the 2015 Inventory of Seeds at The Home Farm by Trevor.

Let’s do it! 🐥

TALISAY
TALISAY
TAMBIS
TAMBIS
NARRA, TAPAY-TAPAY, PINK OKRA
NARRA, TAPAY-TAPAY, PINK OKRA
ASUETE
ASUETE
COBRA VINE
COBRA VINE
RED CANNA
RED CANNA
CYPRESS VINE
CYPRESS VINE
SORGHUM
SORGHUM
GUYABANO
GUYABANO
DWARF POINCIANA
DWARF POINCIANA
TIESA/CHESA
TIESA/CHESA
OKRA
OKRA
RED COW PEA
RED COW PEA
SPECKLED LIMA BEAN
SPECKLED LIMA BEAN
WINGED BEAN (SIGARILYAS)
WINGED BEAN (SIGARILYAS)

Weekend Harvests

crab3

First, this large crab came in for lunch. Then we went to forage for vegetables in the garden, early in the morning before it starts raining again! And finally, the duck bacon in the fridge is finished!

crab2
The lady who comes to sell sea urchin came today with this huge crab, still alive, lost one of its pinchers. It’s a male crab, so not much fatty bits to expect. It weighs about 800 grams, and she sold it to us for 60 pesos. I asked her if she could find us some bangus fingerlings. She said she’ll get them (her husband is a fisherman). One usually gathers/harvests them along the beach during season. Been raining here all day, typhoon Jenny going north near Luzon. I hope no damage or casualties anywhere.
saturdayharvest1
Here’s a harvest of winged beans and duck and chicken eggs early in the morning. We’ll have plenty of winged bean seeds soon so let us know if you want to swap seeds (in Philippines only).
sundayharvest1
Still cloudy, rainy, windy, a bit of sun, humid, here in Bohol! Pigs love the resulting mud but we humans need to be careful of the slippery slopes. After feeding the pigs, a quick harvest through the garden before the rain starts again, and again, and again. A lot of saluyot, a bit of okra and sitaw. Looking at how the saluyot grows, nobody should starve in this place, the saluyot grows like weeds, they proliferate themselves crazy. If you want seeds (Philippines only), let us know, we’ll have plenty soon, they can probably grow OK in pots.
Crab (duck-egg) omelette topped with winged beans cooked in coconut milk, chilli and a bit of bagoong alamang! Lunch!
Crab (duck-egg) omelette topped with winged beans cooked in coconut milk, chilli and a bit of bagoong alamang! Lunch!

Do duck eggs taste different than chicken eggs?

It may depend on what type of eggs you are used to eating, and how they are prepared. Commercially farmed (chicken) eggs are unfertilised and may taste differently from free-range eggs. In fact, in the EU and Australia, eggs are graded by the hen farming method – whether free range or battery caged. You may also be used to eating eggs sunny-side up, with the yolk still runny, and may therefore prefer the gamey taste of eggs (and meat). Personally, I can’t easily tell the taste difference between chicken and duck eggs, but that might just be because I’m so used to eating raw eggs (we ate raw eggs when I was a child, mixed with Sarsi!). However, I know someone who can tell the difference in taste of eggs (chickens and ducks) depending on what the fowls have been eating! 🙂

Crab rice, saluyot and okra veggies and the "duck bacon!"
Crab rice, saluyot and okra veggies and the “duck bacon!”