Well, blow me rags! First of all we couldn't get white ducks for love nor money and now we have eight. We acquired two fully grown ducks a couple of weeks ago. Their previous owners called them Donald & Daisy (I know, not very original). They are fully grown and very, very spoiled. Daisy seems to just sit on her duck's a*se all day eating and sleeping while Donald goes for a wee swim with the guys. I am slightly worried about the fox because we have seen it in broad daylight a couple of times but the ducks seem to sense it and stay in the pond, just sitting there in silence.
|Donald and Daisy Duck|
Yesterday we had a 'phone call from a friend who knew someone who was selling six white ducklings, so naturally we jumped at the chance. They are 12 weeks old and still have some downy feathers so we are keeping them in a shed for a week or two until they get a bit bigger and lose their downy feathers. They are still a bit grubby and scrawny (think they were just kept in a yard) but as soon as they get into the pond, they will be pristine white again. I will have to teach them about the fox before I release them. I lost several lovely white ducks to a fox about 4 years ago and I was heartbroken because we had reared them from tiny little balls of fluff. Anyway, here's a first picture of them in the old shed.
|Don't stand in the drinking water, you plonker!|
I will keep you updated with their progress. They are still a little bit bewildered but they'll soon settle down.