Monday, March 13, 2017

Hurting

It's been a hard couple weeks for us. As for me (MamaDuck), I haven't really had the words yet to write it down.

A week and a half ago our sweet, Missy (Miss Adventure) passed away and went to be with her sisters Queenie and Keelyn. She had dealt with severe arthritis in both of her legs and her hips. Eventually she couldn't walk. We take comfort knowing that she's not hurting anymore.
Her personality and namesake never faded. She never stopped being loud, bossy, and stubborn; always wanting to be close to her boys. Even on her hardest days she always "said "thank you"" for treats and food or getting to eat yummy grasses, with her sweet, high-pitched mumbles.  She is sorely missed.

Sadly, at that time we also knew our big love Kouta didn't have much longer. Also suffering from severe arthritis, he was unable to walk anymore and did not want to be separated from the flock.  This past weekend he let GrmaDuck know, in almost the same way Keelyn let us know, that he was ready to go. We are grateful that he is also no longer suffering.
He most certainly earned his name. Kouta is japanese for big and large and peaceful. Besides Queenie, he was our biggest cuddler. He always looked at me differently than the others did, if I can I would compare it to the way a little boy looks at his mama. He always had such love in his eyes. He was our "big love" and we miss him greatly.

Our hearts are hurting. I have hand-raised 2 separate little flocks. I lost my first babies Alex and Bianca, 7 years ago today. And our little flock of 6 that GrmaDuck and I hand-raised together is now down to 2.
As I now live far away, it is so hard that I did not get to say goodbye to them. But I am so thankful that I got to be their MamaDuck and that Missy and Kouta are both resting next to their sisters Keelyn and Queenie, and my first babies Alex and Bianca.

As GrmaDuck always says, raising ducks is not for the faint of heart. They are a tremendous undertaking and a huge responsibility. They are fragile creatures who love their people so deeply, that it leaves your heart open to be broken. We are heartbroken, but we are so thankful for the joy they have brought to our lives.

Miss Adventure - "Missy" 10/12/10 - 3/2/17
MamaDuck snuggling 2dayold Missy    GrmaDuck with teenage Missy

Missy's best friend Queenie                        Missy's love Beau 

Our beautiful, sweet freckle face



Kouta  10/12/10 - 3/11/17

 Week old Kouta snuggling            Treats with MamaDuck

 Kouta's love Keelyn                          Darrick was Kouta's best bud
                               (Such and odd pair)


 He was always the king of the pool


Our sweet, lovey big boy


~MamaDuck

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Treat Time


Morning Treats! 

Pictures taken looking down as they "nom nom nom" on treats.  
This angle is a little funny but I love their cuteness.

Darrick, our Cayuga drake (black), is looking especially beautiful with bright iridescent green plumage. 

Our little SpitFire duckie kitty also loves peas for treats!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Missy enjoying her pool time

Missy holds a place of honor in the flock, and gets to get in the clean pool first.  This is just a quick peek of Missy enjoying her pool time.


Missy is the only remaining female from our hand raised feathered friends. She is older than "the little girls" and has chronic leg troubles (joint and soft tissue inflammation).  She is a large Pekin, and is kept separate but among the flock for her protection, to prevent too much walking and mating which she is not able to handle anymore. She is a love! We constantly monitor her quality of life. Today (Saturday Feb 20) was a good day!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day 2015 with Our Duckies


Video compilation with a few pictures from our Mother's Day afternoon spent hanging out with our little flock of pet duckies while they foraged, on a warm and sunny spring day.

MamaDuck and GrMaDuck very much enjoyed this sweet time with them.