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15 November 2008 @ 12:38 pm
One big fat hen,  
Two ducks!!

A few of you might know that my ducks, who insist on living in the unsafe region of my pond, rather than up by the house, have been disappearing.  I've been pretending to myself that they've been flying south for the winter.  Last I knew, we were down to one male.  I'd seen him three or four days ago, and noticed that the food was disappearing once or twice a day, so I figured he must still be around.  I hadn't heard the female for a week or so (female mallards are very loud), and she always used to respond when I called down toward the pond, so I figured she was gone.

Then I heard a quiet quacking outside the door a few minutes ago, and went out with some more food - and there was the couple!  I don't know why the female is being quiet.  They ate a lot.  The male let me pick him up briefly (admittedly he didn't seem pleased).  They waddled the whole way down to the pond when they were done eating, which I find odd - wouldn't the time of year when you're supposed to fly south not be a good time to be unable to fly?  I'm moving the food closer and closer to the new duck hutch that black_muzzle  built, and hope that in the next day or two I can shut them in without overly stressing them out.

I haven't got three plump partridges, four Limbrick oysters, or eight elegant elephants, either.  And I actually have ten big fat hens (fat if you include their fluffed out feathers), not just one.

But the two ducks thing.  I'm very pleased about that.  And today it's raining (cue music: 'Pray for rain, pray for rain, pray for raaaaaain, because rain is a duck's kind of weather') - so they must be pleased as well. 

Time to stop procrastinating about that Important Writing thing.

a wind-carried wing: snakesssaenohe on November 15th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
congratulations on the (partial) return of your flock. ^_^
betonicabetonica on November 16th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
re: One big fat hen,
Now to just keep them...
a wind-carried wing: Mongolian rideraenohe on November 16th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: One big fat hen,
One thing that always ensured happy ducks (back when I lived on Kent Island in MD) was cracked corn; the wild ducks LOVED it! They gobble it right up and it's cheaper than perfect kernel corn, and I'm sure you can get it at Agway. It's no guarantee, but it's good for them (and tasty, too).
betonicabetonica on November 17th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Re: One big fat hen,
Good idea. I wonder if they'd prefer it to the organic mix I'm giving them now? I'm pretty sure that includes cracked corn. But they might like the pure stuff. I'll ask next time I'm shopping for duckie food.
lorreslorres on November 16th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I hope they'll be ok too, and consider it a good deal. I'm glad the male let you pick him up for the reunion.

I hope they thought of it as a reunion!!!
betonicabetonica on November 16th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
re: One big fat hen,
Well... I'm sure they were happy with all the food. I'm not sure their pea-brains get much farther than that, but they're cute anyway.