The flip side of life…

Two weeks ago we came upon the opportunity to re-home one lonely Muscovy duck and her 12 ducklings and although unprepared, we brought them home.

 

Despite our best efforts to keep them safe from predators, it would appear we overlooked the possibility that they might just be slightly suicidal. Mysteriously, several of them found their way out of the protected nursery we created and ended up in the pond where they had a fantastic time being like ducks in a duck pond. Until they realised that they were too little to get out and mummy duck was stuck in the nursery unable to help. From 12 to 7 just like that. So we went back to the drawing board and redesigned the nursery space. The next day one more duckling attempted to escape through our improvements but didn’t make it. So we decided that they are big enough (as are the chicks, who I’m glad to report are now over 4 weeks old and all doing well) to explore the openness of the entire chicken run but sadly today I found another one gone, probably to the cats who appear to be doing a grand job of spending most of their time hunting in the neighbours’ barns or eating our chickens and ducklings all the while our barns are overrun with mice. Now we have 5 left of 12. With 6 eggs in the incubator hatching within the week, just in time for our school group visiting next week for their first therapeutic session.

In other far more positive news we have now introduced The Beatles to the rest of the gang. They seem a bit unsure of themselves but I’m hoping they will blend into the crowd quite nicely with time…

 

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