My First Flock of Feathered Friends

By Abraeri · Feb 27, 2018 · ·
  1. Abraeri
    I've always wanted backyard poultry, and while I always thought chickens were the only option, whenI saw ducks it was love at first sight. When we moved to a 5 acre house with no HOA, ducks were the first things we got, 3 day old ducklings from Metzer Farms.

    Here they are on the day we got them (August 3rd, 2016)
    There are 5 White Layers and 5 Golden 300 Hybrids. One drake of each variety.
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    From the very first day their was no way to keep them out of the water.
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    They grew up fast. From itty bitty ducklings to toddlers:
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    And they grew up just like any other duck, with endless love for all things dirt and water. And mud.
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    At one month old, they were no longer little ducklings. They were all grown up.
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    By October they were already accomplishing adult responsibilities, like helping us look for pecans:
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    Practicing their synchronized hawk watching:
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    And digging holes in mud.
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    Weeks passed.

    The drake finally got his full coat of feathers, beautiful colors on his head and wings.
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    They flapped their wings and tried to fly
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    And the white drake was assured of his masculinity by the little curly feather on his tail
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    All was well.

    And then this happened.
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    The very first egg.
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    Soon we very getting three a day. Then 8. They were grown ducks now.

    But of course that didn't stop them from doing what they love.
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    Then tragedy struck. In September, a month after their first birthday, a fox attacked. We lost one duck that sad day, a Golden 300 we had dubbed "Loud" for her outgoing, obnoxious personality.

    But life went on.

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    They went through a molt... and one drake found himself a mate that he's now never seen without.
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    It snowed, and they left waddle prints everywhere...
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    And just when they thought they were safe, they were attacked again, by a hawk. It got it's talons on one, our "pretty" duck, but she managed to survive through the hardships and is still thriving today.
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    So they look forward to a bright future full of peas, corn, worms, and, of course, lots and lots of mud.

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    Crazy Duck Girl. Enough said?

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  1. ~Cuba~
    The waddle tracks in the snow are just soooo adorable! Great write up!
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  2. ChickNanny13
    Thank you for sharing, they are so cute. Waiting for more ducklings :)
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