It's autumn already and your male ducks will soon lose their flamboyant summer feathers for a more reserved winter look which blends into the background hues of brown, yellow and red. Ducks are great companions in the garden at this time of year, enthusiastically clearing any fallen fruit and sifting through the leaves as soon as they settle on the ground in the hope of finding an earwig or two.
If you or your neighbours like to celebrate bonfire night with a firework display it may be best to bring your ducks inside the house. You can put them in a spacious cardboard box lined with straw and with plenty of air holes and then pop them back into the garden in the morning. The next day, ducks will head straight for any ashes left over from a bonfire so just make sure that they have cooled down to avoid any accidental recipe ideas.
As the days get shorter and the nights start to draw in it's important to remember to lock the Eglu door promptly. And finally, sort out your compost heap and give it a good turn to make sure all those duck droppings are working their magic.