"Lucky Duckling"

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Wolfpacker, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Songster

    Jul 7, 2007
    The Herald | heraldonline.com print | close window

    Lucky duckling
    3-week-old Chipper was hatched by -- and now is attached to -- Rock Hill man
    By Jennifer Becknell ยท [email protected]
    Updated 08/17/07 - 1:30 AM
    Mike Underwood, boating enthusiast and animal lover, didn't expect to hatch an egg in retirement. But in his new role as mama duck, he's having a blast.
    Chipper -- the duckling Underwood hatched from an abandoned egg three weeks ago -- faithfully tags along at his heels. If Underwood breaks into a run, Chipper picks up the pace after him. If she can't see him, she chirps loudly.

    "I don't know if she's got me or I've got her," chuckled Underwood, 75, a retired locomotive engineer who dotes on his duckling. "I just think the world of her."

    It all began after Underwood, who owns a houseboat at The Lake Club Marina on Lake Wylie, watched a mother duck build a nest behind the boat's passenger seat. The mother duck deposited six eggs there.

    "I'd talk to her all the time," he said. "She got where she didn't mind me."

    Three weeks ago today, Underwood visited his houseboat and saw the mother perched on her nest. The next day, he found the remains of five hatched eggs. The mother was gone, leaving one last, unhatched ducking.

    The abandoned duck egg had a tiny pinhole in it. Underwood picked it up and carefully peeled off the shell. Inside, he found a small, weak duckling.

    "She didn't have the strength to bust the shell off," he said. "I pulled it off real easy. I didn't think she was going to live." He wiped off the membrane and dried the new duck with a towel.

    "She couldn't raise her head," he said.

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  2. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    Thanks for sharing. That's soooo cute. We had a couple of white ducks when we were growing up. They bonded to us immediately. We even bruised their little toes a few times as they were always under us. I think ducks make great pets. I wish we had a pond.
  3. biretta

    biretta Songster

    Jun 7, 2007
    Cute story!
  4. FluffyChickenMama

    FluffyChickenMama Songster

    Jun 13, 2007
    ah how sweet.. that reminds me of my mom doing pretty much the same thing for her flock of Mallards when I was little.. (she started with 2 and ended with a whole flock)
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Here's another cute one (with pictures).

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