Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Quacky Duckie Faces

GrMaDuck is so happy to be back from her trip and see and hear these happy quacky faces.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A delightful moment

Such joy and delight when the little girls sweetly squeak an excited "oh can we have treats please?"

And how can use humans who love them so much not give them peas after that❤️❤️

Sunrise quacks

The sun comes up.  QUACK QUACK

Good Morning the duckies say.  Come down here and give us food and clean water. 


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Happy to see this face ...

We couldn't find her this morning ... 

They were out foraging and it was time to go in I rounded them all up and not quite in a row the waddled back into the duck pen and as they did I counted cute little white heads 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ... Wait who is missing? I counted them again and in doing so noticed it was Missy that was missing.  Her arthritis will make her slow and lazy sometimes so I circled back around the duck pen, but no Missy.  
I looked in all the known hiding places inside the pen and still didn't find her.  Now I was worried.  What happen where is she? I didn't hear any alarm quacking just normal morning quacking.  I search the woods behind the pen, the front yard, the garden, then the surrounding woods. No Missy to be found.  How can a big slow fussy duckie like Missy just disappear? I searched the inside the pen again.  Nope not under the duck house not even the forth time I checked, not in the duck house. 

Now I was in a fitful sad panic - where was she? 

I thought she must be gone - taken from me while I wasn't looking, by what I didn't know.  

Running late for my meeting I locked up the other duckies and left with my heart very very heavy.

I only told a couple of people, but one dear friend said she would pray for a miracle that Missy would come home safe and sound.

When I got home I immediately looked out the back and counted duckies through my window, - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, little girlies and Kouta, Beau, and Darrick - no Missy - then I went and changed clothes to go look for Missy again. 

I first went into the pen to give treats and guess who was there!??!?  YEP! Missy! 

Right there in plain sight!  I got so excited I freaked out a bit.  Missy stood there like, " yeah, I am here, duh, what is wrong with you?"

I am so so so happy to see this funny freckled face this evening!

So very very very happy!  I have no idea where she was hiding earlier. I am just so very thankful she is here and with us!! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Timeout for Beau

Beau was being a bully so we gave him a little timeout.

GrMaDuck loved it but Beau wasn't too excited about it however neither was he too upset. 

Doesn't he have beautiful feet!

Washing off the human cooties - hehehehehe 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

duckie pictures - May 6, 2014

We took pictures with the "real" camera this morning but the duckies were all in motion so most of them turned out very blurry.  Below are the few shots we could salvage.
peekaboo I see you

beautiful although sometimes grumpy Beau
Welsh Harlequin drake

looking for yummy bugs

Hello girlie duckies!

King Kouta #1 in peking order around here
Large Pekin drake

girlie duckies gather at the pool

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ducks in a row? Sort of

Just another beautiful spring morning here with the duckies.

I love the way they still sort of walk in a row.

Except when they turn around to talk to me :-)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

helpful duck & duckling care links and information

Here are some helpful duck & duckling care links and information, because it's that time of year.

FYI: Our ducks are PETS, but we are sort of middle of the ground when it comes to protecting animals. As humans and as owners we feel a strong responsibility to do everything in our power to give them the best care and protection. Our ducks are also domestic breeds so we take into consideration their bred in weaknesses. Our love for our ducks as PETS, makes our heart more vulnerable to heartache when it comes to injury and death, than if they were livestock. However, we are not vegans, nor do we feel that animals have more rights than their humans.

As the loving caring humans, and as the people who choose to have pet ducks we want you to be well informed. Ducks are fragile creatures, and the more you know about caring for them the better.  These links are for those who have ALREADY chosen to have ducks either as live stock or pets.

Articles About Waterfowl: Responsible Waterfowl Ownership

Duck Care

Duckling and Duck Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Metzer Farms Daily Feed and Water Consumption and Manure Output of Ducklings

Metzer Farms FAQ

Live Ducks on topics in the menu on the left)

Ducking Care Document

Duckling Diary 

Poultry Help - Toxic Plants

We just want to add that we do have ducky friends who we admire and respect that are vegans who bestow on their feather loved ones equal rights (same as they give humans) and even greater accommodations and privileges because our feathered friends are in many ways a fragile species than humans.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

a light March snow - a view from the back side of the aviary (duck pen / enclosure)

It was a beautiful morning with the snow and sunshine
This snow will not stick around very long this morning.

Here are a few pictures from the back side of the aviary

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wintery Spring & creative temporary solutions

Snow and bitter cold in the early spring

The boys are being VERY aggressive with  the girls right now.  This really isn't their fault they are driven by their spring time hormones and instincts.

So to keep the peace we have separated the boys until the worst of the aggression passes.  Snow and bitter cold temps have complicated this however.  

When put up at night or after temps fall below 20* we separate them in the heated duck house with a pet gate.  We created a temporary solution for when they are outside in 22-40 degree temps and we expect precipitation.

A temp shelter for the boys.  With plans to build a more permanent one later.

I think we are all ready for warm temps to come and stay a while.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A gift from our duckies to GrMaDuck

This is GrMaDuck ... 
She keeps the duckies warm, and they return the favor.  A feather does a great job as a scarf pin.  
(This feather was  "shed" naturally and picked up while still clean.) 


Thursday, January 23, 2014


We are experiencing winter here.  The duckies are not big fans of days and days of temps that freeze their water. 

They will quack and complain to me like I should be able to make it better. LOL!

We do have heat lamps in their house and over their water buckets to help keep the water buckets from freezing over so quickly and to give them a "warm" (really less cold) place to retreat too.

Here they are in the snow 

And here they are warming up in the house.

At the start of winter they all would stay in the warm duck house most of the time on snowy or really cold days.  Now they don't this is mostly because the boy duckies have gone into "season", and our normally sweet boys are rough bossy hormonal boys.  So most of the time they will take turns rotating in and out of the house.  Here I caught them when they were all in the house together warming up. 

For the most part all our duckies. Are doing well. 

Sorry it has been so long without a post.