Just established the Nation of Quackistan

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Quackpot, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Quackpot

    Quackpot In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2014
    Silver City, New Mexico
    Hi all!

    I do NOT have chickens... Well, not yet anyway...

    The story...A few - a very few - short weeks ago, as my wife and I, along with family members, were enjoying a cookout, we found ourselves the unwitting parents to a new family member. As we were sitting around telling stories, and enjoying steaks off the grill, our gaggle of dogs went nuts. Lots of woofing and barking preceded a racing herd of canines dashing across the back lawn in pursuit of "something-er-other." I could hear a squeaking, but couldn't see anything until the lead dog, a rescued cross Pit/Beagle, chased its prey almost into my lap. I reached down and scooped up a very tiny duckling. The poor thing could not have been more than a day old, and it was terrified!

    So... anyway... My wife was moving backwards away from me, other family members were either skittish about it or just plain curious. My wife thought, based on the squeaking, that I had caught either a mouse or a rat. Every time I tried to tell her it was a baby duck she would shriek and run further away, yelling, "Get it away from me! Get it away from me!" Refusing to believe I was holding a tiny baby duckling. After a few minutes, and showing curious little grandkids, she settled down and exclaimed, "It's a duck!" First problem fixed.

    The odd thing about this story is that we live in southwestern New Mexico. If I spat out my back door with the wind blowing, I could almost hit either Mexico or Arizona. There is NO water near us... Nary a drop! The nearest golf course is a couple of miles away, and it's a cinch a duck that tiny did not bolt all the way from a pond on the golf course anyway. I have a huge handheld rechargeable flashlight; the kind hunters use, and went in search of a duck family in the region. Alas and alack, no ducks to be found anywhere. My wife and family members who had been searching with me wanted to know what we were going to do with a duckling... Frankly, we had no idea... So we made up a large plastic box with water in it, fish food (we read online that fish food will work for a short period), and put clean hand towels in with it.

    Day two... We read that ducks are social critters, and that the little guy might die with no company. A community member offered another baby duckling for company, which we accepted. We bought food from a Tractor Supply, and some pine shavings.

    Day three through five... Minded baby ducks and made sure they got to swim (in our Jacuzzi) and dried them thoroughly afterwards. Built an enclosure with all kinds of mod ducky cons.

    For the next couple of weeks we just watched them grow. The little guy that came to us stayed much smaller than the donated duck. We have no idea what kind of duck Duck #1 is, but suspect it's a Mallard. The other duck, Duck #2 we know is a Muscovy. The size difference became quite dramatic over a very short time, so ducks are now called Bert and Ernie (works for boys and girls). They are, and have been since day one, inseparable. They have a 10X10X6 foot dog enclosure, double lined with poultry mesh outside the chainlink. They have a kiddy-pool that is filtered by a small pool filter (the Walmart kind), and have a small covered pen, two other water dishes, and the top of the pen is covered for too much sun and inclement weather. Now, a few weeks later, the size difference is still remarkable, and we have found that ducks are incredibly messy. My wife now wants chickens. *sigh*

    Anyway... Hi to you all... Did I say we have a couple of ducks?
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Congratulations on your new ducks. if you nation is called Quackistan, I guess your can call it's capital, Quackopolis. :eek:) Please, no hissing with that one. As my daughter would say, that's two thirds of a PUN. Chickens are next. And then, chicken math, and soon you'll be just as chicken obsessed as the rest of us. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about ducks (although I've had a few), but I have to admit that ducklings are the ultimate in cute. If you have any questions regarding your ducks you should post them on our duck section at https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks. Good luck with your ducks.
  3. ronmauldin

    ronmauldin Songster

    Jan 25, 2014
    Rhode Island
    Welcome from the Ocean State!
  4. Quackpot

    Quackpot In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2014
    Silver City, New Mexico
    Thank you guys.. And Michael, Quackopolis would work nicely. they have established favored spots for different times of the day, so I guess those might count as being suburbs of sorts. Interestingly, the little pool they have has pictures of fish all the way around the inside of it. Bert (the big one) was doing his darnedest to kill the fish today. My wife (a Tennesseean) told me, "Ya need to get 'em some minners!" We shall see I guess...

    Thank you so much for the welcome and advice...
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Hello there neighbor....over here in the south central mountains!!! My Mom lives south of Silver City!!!! Nice to have another New Mexican on board!

    Yes, I would imaging finding a duckling was odd for your area! But how nice of you to help him along and even get him some friends.

    Enjoy your ducklings and welcome to our flock!
  9. So how is the little guy doing ...????
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Hope Bert and Ernie are doing fine - welcome to BYC.

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