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We Have Ducks!

They had been living in a little backyard pen with a baby bath for water.  It was the best fun I’ve had in ages, watching ducks discover water.  The dived and fluffed and preened and splashed and put on several R rated shows.  You have never seen an animal so happy!

With  geese (there are eleven of them now, fully grown, and unfortunately all named – so much for goose dinner, at least this year!) and chooks we now have quite a collection of poultry.  We have had ducks before and found them rather too vulnerable to goannas, foxes and wild dogs.  These muscovies are a bit bigger though, and with two drakes and a floating island in the middle of the dam to escape to,   I’m hoping they will survive.

I’m dreaming duck eggs this time: they already have names (Sir Francis, Sir Walter, Daphne and Simone) so I think they’re already off the duck dinner agenda. And though the geese managed to successfully raise a clutch of goslings, I’m not too hopeful about raising ducklings.  Just too tasty for the wildlife.

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  • Donna April 5, 2012, 3:17 pm

    What lovely looking muzies.

  • Linda April 5, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Oooh! They are lovely. And I do love the name Daphne Duck!

  • Inner Pickle April 6, 2012, 9:16 am

    My neighbour (before we moved onto the farm) bought home ducks, mallards and indian runner, from the local poultry auction. I RAN inside and googled indian runner, desperately hoping they were layer – I loved them so much. Not only layers, GOOD layers!! Those long necks! Those waggy tails!! I adore ducks.

  • celia April 8, 2012, 9:29 am

    They’re truly beautiful! I hope you get lots of eggs – duck eggs are such a joy to eat and cook with!

  • kim April 8, 2012, 3:46 pm

    I have heard that duck eggs make beautiful cakes. Can’t wait to see what you cook up with them, Linda.

  • Trace Willans April 9, 2012, 11:09 am

    Muscovie eggs make the best pasta.

  • Linda April 9, 2012, 7:25 pm

    I am looking forward to cooking with them. My friend Johanna has ducks and has given me eggs, and they are really good to cook with.

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