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Baby Duck Tales

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Hmmm so it helps if you press Publish if you want people to read what you wrote eh? ohhhh riiiight… geeez… This has been sitting in drafts without me being aware of it… blond moment! Lets get started then!

So on the 9th of January Mummy and her 9 babies appeared in the carport emerging from the nest under the house. I’m assuming that they were a day or so old by that time as it was the first time I’d seen her but I’m taking the 9th as their birthday. 9 on the 9th. They all looked identical except for one which had a slightly lighter colouring. I initially had a mini freak out not knowing what to do or what to feed them how to protect them etc as I hadn’t really prepared for their arrival (bad grandma I know!). In the grand scheme of things there’s not much I can do apart from give them food and water as I can’t keep them in the coop (Mum always flies out if I’m late in the morning) and I’m not home all day to watch over them so I just had to trust Mum to take care of them and let nature do the rest as if they were ducks in the wild. And they’re thriving! She’d taught them to chase and eat flies after the first week and they’d spend most of the day out foraging in the grass.  I got some duckling crumbles for morning and evening feeds and they loved getting the veggies in with the evening feed (which I usually do for the older ducks). They LOVE peas! Peas are like crack to these lil fellas.  It took a while for Mummy to trust me near her babies as she’d hiss at me if I got too close but she slowly worked out that I wasn’t going to hurt them and now I can even touch them without her getting narky. In fact I had to protect them from Dad at feeding time as he’d peck at them to get some of their food so I started feeding them in two separate areas which kinda solved the problem. He still pecks at them a bit when I go to let them out of the coop in the morning but it’s probably cuz he’s a cranky ole bugger.

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(this was the first day she brought them out and everyone was allowed to meet them. I don’t normally feed them in the carport but she looked so tired and hungry and I wasn’t sure if she was going to keep them under the house or in the coop so put food and water out for her and the babies there – which of course the others tried to gobble up! Click to enlarge)

One weekend when they were about two weeks old I heard a massive commotion outside and went to have a look what was going on only to spy a giant goanna in my flower bed with one of the babies in its mouth 😦 It was already dead and the goanna was in the process of trying to swallow it whole. So sad. The drake and the other two gals were all puffed up and vibrating at the goanna so I think they’d been attacking it before realising it was too late. I couldn’t look away while the goanna was eating it – I was fascinated, horrified and so sad at the same time. A very odd emotion.  I had expected snakes or foxes or even the eagles that fly around the area but hadn’t even considered goannas.

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(the babies at feeding time, still quite yellow and little feathers just starting to appear. click to enlarge)

Unfortunately he worked out that he was on to a good thing and about 4 days later I came home to find another one missing from the brood. And then about another 4-5 days later another one was missing by the time I got home from work. When I went to herd them all down to their coop for the evening lockup they were all acting really weird and I couldn’t really get them down there so I went to investigate only to find scattered bits of duckling in the coop yard. So horrible. I thought maybe it was cats or foxes as the goanna had been eating them whole. I had to pick up all the pieces and sweep out the yard before I could get the family to go anywhere near the coop. Poor traumatised things I can imagine. That one was the lighter coloured duckling who kinda was my favourite for being the oddball. I was really dying to know what colour it would have turned out to be.

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(starting to get a little paler as more feathers come in, love their fuzzy faces and black leggings! click to enlarge)

Then about a week later, again on the weekend, I could hear this banging noise on my water tanks and the ducks making a ruckus so went to the windows overlooking the tanks to spy the goanna with a dead duckling in its mouth, thrashing about while Mummy was attacking it. Not much I could do but let it eat it, such a terrible helpless feeling.

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So I’m down to 5 from the original 9 now. They’re 6 and a bit weeks old now and getting so big! Mr Goanna has taken 4 but I think they’ve gotten too big for him so he hasn’t taken one for a couple of weeks now but he’s got a new snack… more on that in a sec. They’ve started getting their feathers and are starting to lose the baby fuzz. My babies are growing up *sniff*. I haven’t wanted to pick them up but they will let me stroke their fuzzy rumps with a finger while they’re distracted and eating. Their beaks have started fading from the full black and now have whitish tips and are starting to get pink around the edges where their caruncles will grow. They still look like they have leg warmers on as most of them have black legs and yellow feet. I think I have 2 boys and 3 girls. They say you can tell by body size and also the size and shape of their legs but I won’t know for sure for a while.

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(they’ve lost all the baby yellow fuzz and only just have a bit left on their heads and backs, beaks starting to turn pink at the edges)

One thing I’ve decided through all of this is that I’m getting rid of all of them. My stepbrother has a farm about 2 hours away from me and he’s willing to take the lot. It’s a hard decision but I really only ever wanted chickens and have a plan for the orchard enclosure etc and there’s no way I could do that with these ducks as they’re used to having free reign of the entire place and would just fly out all the time. It breaks my heart to part with the babies but I’ll still be able to see them grow up a bit as my brother has promised to email me photo updates. I waaaas kinda sposed to already have handed them over to my brother but I’ve been delaying it because I wanted to see what colour the babies turn out. And I just love how they come RUNNING up to greet me, lil wing stumps flapping, peeping loudly, every time I go outside. Fair enough they think I have food for them but it’s just so damn cute and warms my heart. They will probably be going this weekend though. Which leaves me with another problem…..

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(Dad the doofus lookin cranky but he’s not, that’s Joan in the background. Mum on a foggy morning and one of the last family portraits I have)

The broody biatch Maisie, who has gone broody 6 times previously, has worked out that laying eggs under the house in the same spot as Mummy is the clever thing to do if you want your own babies didn’t she. She’s been sitting on the eggs for just over 2 weeks so I’m going to have to go through all of this all over again! Not to mention that it’s starting to get a bit colder now so it’s not great timing. I haven’t spoken to my brother about whether he’s willing to take her and the new ducklings as well as he’s already agreeing to a flock of 8 (9 if she wasn’t broody) and then to have another adult and however many babies…. And I worry about the new mum coping without the drake around for protection for the babies. That’s if any ever hatch because ole Mr Goanna has started eating the eggs that she’s sitting on!

This last weekend I was cleaning the house when I heard bumping noises coming from under the house  on her side of the house and raced out to find out what was going on. Unfortunately Muscovies are really curious birds and the whole family were all heading up to that part of the house to also have a look, Mummy and babies included. Maisie was attacking the goanna under the house but I’m pretty sure it got one of her eggs as it’s an easy feed. So I can only assume that the ducklings are safe for the time being as eggs are an easier meal to catch than lil growing ducklings. Just makes me wonder if there will be any left at hatching time as I’m sure he’ll be back for takeaway when he’s hungry again. In a way it would be doing me a favour as I can just pack Maisie up in a cat cage and take her to my brother’s farm. I’m just going to have to play it by ear and see what happens. The third option is to just catch her when she comes out and leave the eggs to cool but I’m not sure I could do that… Will just have to see what my brother says about taking more babies on!

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So all of that was written about 2 weeks ago… And just to keep you updated, two weeks ago today a fox took one of the babies and left a massive pile of feathers and a mangled corpse by the front gate so I rang my brother straight away and he came that Saturday to collect them. Initially I thought it was Maisie as it was early in the morning and thought it must have got her in the night but on closer inspection (and a check under the house) I discovered it was a baby. Trying to catch them was a bit of a challenge as they’re not hand reared birds! But they’ve settled in nicely at his farm and are all doing well. Maisie is still on her eggs under my house and I’m expecting them to appear any day now if Mr Goanna has left her any. I worry about her and the new babies safety without the rest of the flock around but I have found a new home for them all. I’ll probably wait a week after they first appear and then get the new owner to come out to collect them. I’m going to start feeding them in a cardboard box  in the coop when they appear so that hopefully I can just scoop them all up one morning and make it easier and less stressful for them when it comes to moving day. Not quite sure how else to do it but that’s Plan A.

I miss the babies a lot, they didn’t make much noise but the place feels a lot quieter without them. It’s been a week and a half since they left and they’ve left quite a gap. Which I’ll be replacing with chickens but more on that later 🙂 My brain has been buzzing this week but I’m probably giving you eyestrain with this epic tale so I’ll pop it all in the next post (and remember to press Publish this time!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aquackulture aka Duckoponics! (aka omgomgomgomg squeeeee! hehehe)

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How did I not know about this before???? I stumbled upon Duckoponics this afternoon while watching some permaculture videos and it’s basically using ducks in the nutrient water system instead of fish (or as well as fish depending on your set up). This would actually solve my clean swimming water problem that I have with the ducks because I’m having a lot of trouble keeping it relatively clean for them. I was going to get a little blue clam shell kiddy pond which would be easier to clean but this would be stacks better as they can keep using the bathtub that they currently use, I just need to sort out a solar pump for it.

Found this video on YouTube by Charlie Mgee that would be a perfect setup for me. Love the idea of using the blue clamshell pools as the grow beds:


I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays because things are going to start cracking around the farm. I’m getting 2 IBC tanks which I’m going to cut in half and make my 4 wicking beds to start the veg going. I’ll be taking pics of the whole process so I’ll keep you posted on that. I’m all inspired by the Quackuaponics so I’m going to see what I can do with the existing setup. I might have to move their bathing bathtub from it’s current location though so I’ll have to put on my thinking cap to work out the layout for everything. Just a little bit excited now hehe. My brain has started firing with ideas again after my little lull. And by not doing anything for the last couple of months I’ve saved up a bit of cash so I can set it all up properly from the start.

I’ve also been thinking about getting some miniature goats for goats milk (and just general entertainment and garden helpers). I’ve got the perfect area for them but I need to reinforce the fencing and modify an existing structure to make them a stable. Do goats live in stables? I have no idea what a goat house is called! Goat barn maybe? I dunno. Anyway that’s on the cards too…. maybe some mini pigs as well. Brain firing I tells ya!!

I’m going to be come a *gulp* GRANDMA!!

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Yes yes you heard that right, despite not having any human offspring of my own yet it looks like I’m going to be a grandma to my featherbabies whether I like it or not. And not to the usual broody biatch who has now gone broody 4 times and I’ve managed to break it every time thank Darth Vader. No, no it’s the white duck this time and as she’s the smartest one of the bunch she’s nesting under the house in a part that is too small to crawl under and is juuuuuust out of reach of my rake. She is coming out for food occasionally but is mainly hanging out under there on the eggs so looks like in a month or so I might have some ducklings.

Completely NOT what I wanted thankyouverymuch young lady. Sure they’ll be cute and all that but I’m not going to be able to care for them properly as I’m not at home all day and the ducks roam wherever they want on my property. Their coop is too small to keep them locked up in all day and even if I tried they’d just fly out (which is usually what the white duck does anyway). So I’m sure some will get picked off by the resident kookaburras, snakes and hawks. Bit sad but I’m not sure what else I could do for them because I don’t want to take them away from their momma as she can probably do the daily care better than me. Will just have to see how it all turns out.

And for some good news! My Dad is going to build (and pay for!) a screened verandah enclosure for me! I have verandahs running full length on both sides of the house and one end is going to boxed in with flyscreen and a door so I can sit out there on nice summer nights and not be dessicated by mozzies. He’s coming over this weekend (with a trailer of mulch yay!) to measure it all up and will come and stay with me in Jan to build it. Can’t wait!! Guess birthdays are good for something after all hahah.

I got flooded in again this week as it was just bucketing down all weekend. Apparently Cooma got a record 66mm of rain so I’m not surprised there’s so much water coming down. I’m building up a nice collection of flooded river crossing photos haha.  The good thing is that I got to meet one of my closest neighbour who seems really nice. He even offered to help me chop down the big tree that is dying and in the way of my proposed orchard area so that was really great. I was working from home… and by working I mean pulling up weeds and trying to stop the bloody rabbits from digging up my flower beds. I’m going to have to look into some sort of control mechanism for them as they’re starting to be a nuisance….

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Hope your week isn’t as soggy as mine! Happy 70th post 🙂

Like sands through the hourglass…

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So this post is a bit of a duck ramble so you may wanna miss it if ducks bore the stuffing outta you. If not, read on!

So an interesting thing is going on in my newly minted duck ownership… I’ve got a broody duck. I really don’t want ducklings so I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the interwebs on how to break the broody and apparently Muscovies are really broody ducks (dammit). The general suggestion was to break up the nest and routinely take any eggs laid. Well the taking of the eggs which I have been doing daily since they started laying has led to a different problem with the Snow Queen but I’ll get to that in a sec.

Maisie has been sitting on her nest for the past week and on Saturday afternoon I noticed that during the nightly feed and lockup that the broody biatch was attacking the Snow Queen for food which she has never done up until now. She only generally picks on Joan so I’m assuming it’s the broodiness and probably the fact that she’s starvacious as she hasn’t been getting off the nest all day and only comes out for food during the night feed (and then helping herself at the feeders). So I was thinking that I could break up the next when she came out for food I couldn’t get her off the nest so… I kinda removed the nest from under her including two eggs. Desperate times call for desperate measures. She wasn’t very happy about it, I used a rake as she is an attack duck when on the nest. Quite rightly too. I feel really bad about it but it just has to be done a) for the no ducklings thing and 2) so that she starts foraging and eating with the others again. Monday morning when I went to let them out in the morning she came out happily enough and I actually locked the coop so she couldn’t get back in there and she moped a bit but then went foraging with the others.

Cue me breathing a sigh of relief too early…. Yesterday morning she didn’t come out and was sitting just inside the coop door on eggs. 😦 I tried to shoo her out of the door but she wasn’t having a bar of it. I had to get the rake again. I’m hoping she associates the rake with all the bad stuff and not the person on the end of the rake. Anyway after a bit of a scuffle I managed to get the two eggs and get her out the door so that I could lock the coop up again. She hadn’t built a nest yet but I did rake out the straw just in case. I feel really rotten for her.  But she just can’t be broody, I know it’s natural and all that but I’m not having it. I’d really welcome any other suggestions on how to stop this behaviour or whether I’m doing the right thing. From everything I’ve read I’m doing the right thing but it just feels bad yknow. Hopefully I’m not traumatising her too much. Last night when I locked them all up and opened up the coop she made a beeline for it and went straight inside, my heart dropped. But this morning she came out and was acting kind of normal. No eggs anywhere in the coop though so she’s probably going to do as the others and hide them.

The Snow Queen was laying them in the box but I think she took offense to me removing the eggs every day. She started flying out of the coop early in the morning and was laying them in a box under the house where they like to hide during the day. I accidentally discovered her climbing out of the box one morning and when I crawled under to look in the box I found 6 eggs in there. Since she was busted she hasn’t laid any eggs in there and I have noooo idea where she’s laying them. I’ve tried waking up early to spy on her but no luck yet. She’s taken to flying on top of the coop in the mornings and I assume that she flies out afterwards.

This morning I got them out early (even earlier than their normal time as it’s daylight savings since Sunday) and I sprung Joan trying to fly out of the coop. The Snow Queen was already on the roof poking around up there. AND the best part… Maisie was out and about and one of the first to walk out of the coop so I hope that I’ve broken the broody. I locked up the coop anyway just in case and I’ll probably keep doing that for a week just to be sure but I’m really hoping that it stops.

Oh and I forgot to add in the last post that when the bestie and the monsters were here we also found a turtle. So that’s another one for the Spot the Wildlife list 🙂

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EGGS!!!!!!!!!!

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Guess who found 3 eggs while cleaning the coop this weekend…. and another one in the nesting box for the last two mornings!

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I cooked two for breakfast yesterday but they were a bit weird, I scrambled them and the texture was almost dry when they were cooked. Tasted OK but didn’t sit very well in my belly so I think I’ll just stick to using them in cakes n stuff. Could just be a mental thing for me I dunno. The yolks were bloody HUGE! Giant yolks with a little white. I am going to make a chocolate cake tonight to celebrate 🙂 SO excited that one of them is finally laying. The ducks aren’t broody about the eggs so I won’t have ducklings just yet. Not sure if I want them to be quite honest. They’d be cute and all but once I get the orchard fenced I’m going to get some chickens so I’ll have enough on my plate with them all. We’ll see.

And I figured that since I talk about them so much that they’ll get their own category. (as will the chickens when I get them heehee). Hope you’re having a good one!!

HOME (and other adventures part 3)

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Ugh who has been speeding up time huh? Fess up!! Who did it?? Things have been nuts recently. I’ve hardly had time to scratch my butt lately (and there’s always time for that!). Lemme just get you up to speed on the past then we can talk about the future!

Had a really neat afternoon 2 days ago. the duckies showed me that they’re not dumdums afterall and that they’ve learned how to use the feeders I made! I do however need to make more because it caused a massive fight between Joan and Maisie. The blackbirds seem to have gone but they’ve now been replace by two pairs of galahs. And I think they frighten the ducks! The night before the feeder night I was watching them eat dinner when a galah flew up into the big tree near their pen and squawked and all 4 ducks froze, got their hackles up and stopped eating. Their morning behaviour has also changed in that they don’t want to eat and just want to get the hell out of their pen so I’ve stopped ground feeding them the grain mix (only veg) and just topping up the feeders. Hopefully that will encourage the galahs to bugger off as they’re too short to reach the feeders (haha!)

This is what the feeders look like:

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It’s adapted from an idea someone online had for a water feeder that wouldn’t get mucky and just allows the duck to put their head in to drink (cuz the ducks are mucky drinkers). I haven’t had a chance to get to bunnings to make the Y pipe food feeders but that’s on my to do list for the weekend. I love watching them eat and drink, interesting to see the power plays. The Count picks on Maisie and Joan but not The Snow Queen. Maisie picks on Joan but avoids The Snow Queen and the Count. The Snow Queen does whatever she wants but doesn’t pick on anyone. And they all make the cutest trilling and chuffing noises when they see me coming to feed them. Warms the cockles of my heart it does. Not sure if I can upload video to WordPress but I also caught them having a Sunday bath and took some video of it. If I can work it out I’ll share it with you.

So I’ve had the greatest cold snap in 40 years with temps down to -8, had rainmageddon and been flooded in so what else next… why fires of course! My next door neighbour had a grassfire the other weekend. The sun was going down and I could see an orange glow coming from their property so I raced out to my hill that overlooks theirs and I could see the fireline creeping towards my place. And no one around! The fire wasn’t raging or anything just slowly creeping towards my place and my mind was racing on what the hell to do or who to call. Just as I was about to go and call the local SES someone drove up to the fireline so I breathed a sigh of relief at that one. Not sure if it was a back burn or just a grassfire but will find out soon.

I’ve been having weekend expeditions around my place and they’ve turned into scavenger hunts. I’ve found a massive roll of chicken wire, a smaller roll of grid wire, fencing wire and barbed wire. All sorts of construction materials including clean lengths of wood, some corrugated iron sheets and 2 weeks ago I found some explosives! Yep in the middle of one of the pine forests there were 3 coils of detonating cord sitting in a crater. I’m assuming they were blowing up a treestump for some reason that is beyond me considering it’s in the middle of a pine plantation (and the tree looks like it was a gum of some sort).

On my expeditions I’ve also been playing a mental game of Spot the Wildlife. My very first expedition to the river I ticked off a platypus! So nice to know that they’re in my river and even more amazing to see one in the wild instead of the zoo. On the explosives expedition I saw an echidna rooting around in the undergrowth. I stood very quietly so as not to frighten it into a ball and it just happily went about it’s business for a minute or two before wandering off. I see kangaroos and wallabies every day so they don’t count. Have only seen dead wombats by the side of the road so will add it to the check list when I see a wild one.

Had a bit of a lazy weekend last weekend and couch potatoed Saturday away and Sunday was out mulching the front garden beds and met one of the people down the road who was travelling to the weekenders to help out with some concreting. He stopped in to introduce himself which was really nice. Slowly getting to meet my neighbours. It seems like a great little community.

So that’s you mostly up to date on stuff n things. Next up I’ll start laying out my plans for the place. Of which I have so many my head is practically bursting! Every time I walk around the property I get more and more ideas.

HOME (and other adventures part 2)

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sooooo this greeted me yesterday morning as I attempted to drive to work.

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Yes, that’s a raging torrent of a river. And that’s my only way to the other side of the river…. so literally couldn’t come to work. Lemme just grab a tissue for my tears haha. It rained like crazy all weekend and Monday and I’d noticed on Tuesday that the river was up a metre and a half. When I came home on Tuesday night half of the crossing was flooded so it was a bit hair raising to drive through but I think I made it just in time. I did spend the day productively working outside and planning the garden and orchard and just generally soaking up the sunshine. It was lower this morning and only half the crossing was flooded so dammit I had to go back to work.

Now where was I in my tale of epicness? hmmm yes, unplanned water features…. that was fun. One thing I forgot to mention at the start was that the contracts were exchanged on Monday afternoon (the lawyer actually remembered to tell me this time) and the keys were couriered to me late Monday night so I headed out to the property on Tuesday to feed the chickens and the ducks and do a bit of cleaning. I got there a bit before lunch and didn’t have to do much cleaning as it was pretty spotless so that was great. The 4 ducks were there but no chickens….. I should actually say that the 3 ducks were out and about but the drake was still in the coop which puzzled me too. I walked all around the immediate vicinity of the property and looked under the house which is apparently where both the ducks and chickens like to hang out but nothing there but a bunch of feathers (which are also scattered about the property btw, they moult a lot apparently. Could always collect them to make a doona I spose haha). I asked the ducks where the chickens were but no response ;} The old owners didn’t really leave me much in the way of instructions apart from their forwarding address for mail but there was a big bin with about 8 loaves of white bread in it in the workshop shed (which is what the coop is attached to). I sincerely hope that that is not all they were fed but don’t really know. First thing I did on my way back to Mum’s was to stop in at the feed store to get some duck grain mix.

I hung around for a coupla hours and explored the property a little bit but no chickens came home to roost. I lured the ducks back to the coop with some bread and lettuce which I’d brought with me for them and locked them up for the night. The next day was moving in day and still no chickens. And again the girls were out and the drake was locked up so I was wondering if the chickens had been chicken-napped or if someone was looking after them. I rang the agent… and you know the drill, no answer so texted him to ask about the chickens (and more keys) and got no response. I’ll pause while you pick yourself up from the shock, I KNOW. Anyway a couple of days later and a couple more unanswered phone calls and texts later dumdum texts me back to say that there were actually only 2 chickens left and that they had been taken by a fox a week or so ago. So I just have the 4 ducks. I will get some chickens eventually but I’d like to get the fenced out orchard set up first to prevent more losses due to foxes.

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And they are SO fkn awesome 🙂 They follow me around whenever I’m outside doing stuff and they get so happy to see me in the morning when it’s breakie time. They don’t really quack but make really odd trilling noises and the drake kind of huffs and wags his tail. They’re really fascinating to watch. No idea what their original names were (if they had any) but I’ve named the drake Count Duckula von Gutso cuz he’s a greedy pig (and I love Count Duckula!). I think the white one is the mum of the other two but she’s certainly the boss of the ladies so she’s The Snow Queen. The one with the full black cap is Maisie… no idea why it just popped in my head, and she’s my fave as she seemed to be the underdog but I’ve since revised my opinion on that. The last one was just “the other one” as no name popped in my head for her but since Maisie is an old fashioned name, the name Joan popped into my head the other day as I was watching them eat dins, so she’s Joan.

They’re fascinating to watch at dinner as they get really grouchy and exert the pecking order. I’ve been putting the feed in piles or lines on the ground (I’ll come back to that in a sec) and they’ll move from pile to pile and hassle peck whoever is there. The Count gobbles everything in sight and will hassle Joan or Maisie if they come near him but doesn’t bug The Snow Queen. Maisie will bug Joan but Joan kinda just does her own thing and goes from pile to pile. I’ve been giving them kitchen veggie scraps and apparently peas and corn are like crack. Celery, apples and lettuce are runners up… mushrooms are bleh.

They’re really sweet at dinner time too. At about 4pm they flock back to the coop and spend time foraging for bits they missed or pecking at the grass near the coop but when they hear me coming they start running towards me all excited. Silly ducks because I only feed them in their coop so I dunno what they think they’re gonna get. They run after me, sometimes flying to beat me back to the coop to try and gobble up the goodies before the Count gets stuck in.

I discovered that there’s a family of these weird blackbirds that have discovered the grains that the ducks don’t eat in the morning. They’re not crows or currawongs or anything like that but weird looking things, big body and little head with a white spot underwing that you can only see when they fly. I don’t particularly want to feed the local wildlife as well so I decided to make the ducks feeders from an idea I’d googled.

They didn’t get it. They don’t use them and its not like they’re too high or anything so it’s back to ground feeding. I’m going to try something else this weekend. Again thank you google. Hopefully this will work out better so we’ll see. If not I’ll keep the feeders for when I get chickens. I tried to make the new feeders yesterday but discovered that I’ve got the wrong gauge Y pipe dammit. So I’ve gotta go to Bunnings on the weekend and see if I can get some different ones or buy some pipe. Probably a detailed post about it in the future.

So tune in next time for Part 3 of awesome epicness when we talk about grass fires, woodsheds and water pumps. Thrills n spills I tells ya!!