Wednesday, April 20, 2011
THE DUCKS ARE THRIVING!
The ducks are now just over two weeks old and they're growing by leaps and bounds! As you can see in the photos, they've doubled in size since last week. They're now twice as tall as the soda can. All of the ducks are healthy and thriving. I even got them to eat poultry feed out of my hand tonight!
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey where the yards were either non-existent, plain old dirt or cement, and not on a farm, so it's not like any of this animal husbandry is natural for me. But even for a city girl, it's pretty amazing to watch the different stages the ducks go through before they reach adulthood. I have to give my husband credit, he does one hundred percent of the work and I get to pet the ducks and take the pictures.
Our original flock of ducks seemed to work out a great system to protect themselves. They all huddled together to sleep on the stream bank, but one or two always stayed awake to guard the rest. If an animal approached, they'd signal a general alarm and suddenly all of the ducks would jump into the water, quacking and flapping their wings to drive the intruder away. Their alarm system worked for us as well, since they quack and flap whenever someone pulls into the driveway! Hopefully our new flock will have the same instincts.
Happy Easter everyone, or as Dewey, Louie, Huey and Daisy would say, "QUACK, QUACK!"