Friday, August 17, 2012

TWO NEW DUCKS

We saw an ad on Craigslist for two Pekin ducks, and thought, "Why not?"  We picked them up and now they're a part of our flock.

We were surprised that on the way home, in a carrier in the back of the car, they were completely quiet.  Not one quack.  They must have been very frightened--one of them expelled a half-formed egg on the trip.


When we let them out with the others, the first thing they did was find the pool.  One of them got in pretty quickly, but it took a while for the other to figure out how to get in.  We've tagged the new ducks with red and yellow leg bands, to fit in with our color scheme.



Our previous foursome are somewhat upset with the addition, some ducks more than others.  Orangey, our crankiest, bossiest duck, squawks at them constantly and frequently chases them around.  I'm sure they'll all get used to each other in time, but for now, it's pretty much the fearsome foursome against the timid twins.  Our "harleys" have the home field advantage, but I'm sure the twins will hold their own, and I think they'll like their new home.

We were afraid there might be quite a ruckus in the duck house overnight, so we kept the harleys in and the twins out in the pen for a peaceful night of rest.  We got one egg from the twins this morning, after the mishap one of them had on the way home.  It's a bit bigger than the ones we get from our welsh harlequins.  We're looking forward to a happy life for all ducks!


1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! Yes the eggs are large. I am sure they will get along in time. The ducks ruled the roost here so I cannot imagine they will allow the other to boss them around forever.

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