I’d never really thought about where ducks come from. Not a big fan of their stringy boney meat I’m more of a chicken man and well, there’s no great mystery there. Free range, pens or small tiny cages are pretty much your only choices when it comes to chickens.
Ducks on the other hand, whilst being slightly bigger probably aren’t much different. Still, it wasn’t something I’d ever actually stopped to think about.
That is until I stumbled across what appeared to be a duck farm down in Qiding Township.
Not so much a farm as a plot of land next to the West Coast Highway, the Qiding duck farm (no idea if it has a proper name, there was no signage) is home to what felt like hundreds (thousands?) of ducks, all sprawled out over a bare patch of land.
And these ducks were all pinkish, kind of looking like flamingoes without the legs from a distance. Who knew ducks came in pink?
In the middle of the farm you had a pond and to the back was a shed providing cover, but that was pretty much it. Oh and I’m not entirely sure why but there was also a fence separating the farm into three smaller pens.
One thing I particularly liked to watch was the ducks all moving in unison. Having not much room to manoeuvre it they sort of looked like a living sea as they all moved about.
Dunno what happens if one of them wants to stop though. I guess it’d be like stopping and sitting in a big crowd of people moving, you’d either get shoved around or trampled.
Anyway, so that’s what a duck farm looks like in Taiwan. If your in the area and want to check it out for yourself, accessing the farm is a relatively straight forward affair:
The farm is literally right next to the West Coast Highway, just north of Qiding Township in Miaoli:
If you’ve ever wondered where your roast duck, duck hotpot or however else it’s served up comes from, now you know!