We are T-minus 5 days until our first Muscovy ducklings get processed. I'm okay with it -- I've known all along they were for the freezer. Unfortunately, one in particular has kept my eye and I'll be sad to see him go. I just wanted to post a few pictures of him... sappy, I know, but to celebrate how handsome he is and how sad I'll be to see him go. After processing, we'll have one Muscovy drake and five Muscovy ducks... two Ancona drakes and two Ancona ducks... and one Buff Orpington duck (all together), equaling 3 males & 8 females. We didn't think it really smart to keep another drake when one wasn't really needed. Hatch day The fluffy, sunny bundle in the foreground Getting his feathers I loved seeing his tail feathers all open like this. The charcoal & white next to him is his sister, the only other of the group who had color and the only one of the group we're keeping (for color-fun and gender-ratio). Pretty little boy. Lately his coloring has been changing (again), turning more grey with brown undertones. Is there a name for that? (His father was white with literally only a couple black feathers on his face and his mother is chocolate & white.) My husband teases me because I keep going back and forth on whether we're keeping him. I named him Choc-A-Block because he is/was chocolate and he's headed to the block. (P.S. If anyone thinks I'm crazy for getting rid of him, please feel free to speak up. Enablers welcome. You've just gotta give me a good enough reason I don't regret it later, so my husband doesn't make even MORE fun of me! ) Otherwise, thanks for looking.