|13 Ducks in the pool; 12 weeks old.|
|Our six Golden Cascades; 13 weeks old.|
Just after we finished the butchering and were getting back to business, Tim noticed that one of the "females" wasn't quacking, but was making that drake sound. OH, NO! I shooed it out to make it mad; still no quack. I picked it up; still no quack. And, to top it off, I noticed a curly tail. Other than the lack of a quack, and a curly tail, this one looks like a hen. Or so I thought. :( He disguised himself by having a blue-grey beak and no white ring around his neck.
|Golden Cascade drake; what a surprise!|
|Golden Cascade Drake|
Four hens should be plenty for eggs for the two of us, so fewer ducks is ok, although I had thought five would be nice to have extra eggs to sell. We'll be fine with the four.
It is very nice to have fewer ducks. They are much calmer, less competitive for food or pool time, and it's SO NICE to be putting out half as much feed. The two that I sold helped recoup the money spent on food, which is nice, considering we hadn't intended to keep them around so long. We've just been so busy building a house, we haven't had time for this task of "decreasing the population."