Hello From West Michigan!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tactilecontact, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. tactilecontact

    tactilecontact Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2016
    Montague, MI, USA
    Hi everyone! My name is Shawnee. I've been perusing the threads here for all of your wonderful insights for about a couple of months now, and I figured it's probably about time I popped on and make friendly with you good people. And to introduce you to the ducklings you've been helping me to care for! Thank you for that, by the way! ;)

    My husband and I had been considering getting chicks for a few years now, since we bought our home in Montague. But after doing a lot of reading, mostly here, ducks eventually won out. And we invested ourselves in Indian Runners. We put up a 1900 sq ft veggie garden our first spring here, so decided we wanted birds that would work well in and around our plantings. We started off with two fawn/white ducklings, and got three more by online hatchery three weeks later, a blue, a chocolate and a black - I like variety. :)

    They've been an incredible and joyful handful so far, and it's only been eight weeks!


    In the foreground is Pork-n-Beans, PeeBee for short, and behind is Pepperjack. PeeBee was giving the sneaky side-eye, because I caught them eating my squash flowers again.


    And the younger group! The blue is Peirogi, black is Portabello, and chocolate - with her wild little punk rocker head fluff - is Pumpkin. We're only certain of the sex of Pumpkin and Portabello, ducks. The rest we'll have to wait to see if any turn out to be drakes.

    And yes, you may notice, they all have food names. My reality check. We're not raising them as meat ducks, per se. They will be our organic fertilizer, insecticide alternative, egg suppliers and beloved garden companions for years to come. And after living the best life we can give them in "Runner Manor"...


    ...sharing our yearly harvest and lazing away the hot summer afternoons in their pond, we'll give thanks to them for all their help and the joy they've brought, and then.


    But, we won't think about that right now. Right now, they eat all of the fallen mulberries from my tree, and have a ducky laugh over the fact I collect and serve them nutritious weed salads at poolside. They delight in the nighttime buffet of bugs attracted to the solar garden lights around their pen, and the dried mealworms they get daily as treats. They are infinitely fascinated with trying - and failing - to eat the freckles off my arms. And they have a lot of open space to roam and forage and keep busy for a long time to come. :)
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi Shawnee and a warm welcome to BYC. Many thanks for your introduction. It certainly seems like you've got the duck bug in spades! Congrats on your birds - they sure look happy. I hope that you enjoy being a member as much as the rest of us.

    Best wishes
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  3. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Shawnee, hope you will enjoy BYC as much as we do.
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  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Shawnee

    Glad you could join us here! What a wonderful introduction! I've really enjoyed reading all about your new adventures :D
    I see you have found the duck section, I'm sure you will enjoy all the duck chat over there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
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  7. tactilecontact

    tactilecontact Out Of The Brooder

    May 29, 2016
    Montague, MI, USA
    Thank you for all the warm welcomes! :)

    And yes, CTKen, the duck bug has a thorough hold on me. Even looking at options for expanding my fowl fleet next spring!

    QueenMisha! Ah! Another SPN fan! Very cool to have that in common with you. I do particularly adore our dear Mr. Collins. Have you ever done his charity's GISHWHES scavenger hunt? More importantly, would you like to this year? ;) I've got spots that need filling on my team!

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