Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

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Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by thegawd » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:06 pm

I know I know Im sorry! Iv been absent for a long time. I kinda gave up..... I didnt even want these ducks when Lizzie spoke up about them and said she wanted them, I was in the market for Grey Calls. But she wanted them and well they are supposed to be the best laying duck in the world, maybe so. One thing that is for sure is they really are a great duck, hardy and easy to care for, my kind of duck, or bird. Remember Lizzie and the kids take care of all the animals now.

So Oct 1st around 5pm I hear what I know is the sound of a crying lost duckling. I frantically go running around trying to find it and its running around the outside of the parameter of the run hidden behind the pole beans that are somewhat growing on the run, most of which are laying on the ground though thanks to the geese! Anyways I catch the duckling and was met by one fierce momma trying to get her separated baby back that she could hear but not see until I picked it up. she was one mad momma.

They were probably a day old and had just came outside for the first time. I knew she must have been sitting on a nest but I didnt look for it. I found and checked it out after, she hatched 5 of 5 eggs, %100 hatch rate, good for her! I havent seen the drake mate or even try to but Im not out there watching all the time. I fixed up the run so no ducklings can escape theres no need to otherwise intervene. the geese have accepted the ducks as a part of the flock and the cat knows better than to mess with the geese or there brood... she hunts the coop though and leaves them alone. (that crazy black male cat disappeared, probably partially responsible for decimating my flock)

Seeing things like this makes me really really happy!

Did I mention these ducks are at most 10 months old!!!

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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by Killerbunny » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:59 pm

Not much cuter than baby ducks! Congrats.
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by Jaye » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:12 pm

Lovely! Nice to see that the pond is still there, and in use. :-)
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Post by thegawd » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:03 pm

Very, very true KB! Jaye it dried up once this year about half way through summer during that drought eventually mother nature turned the faucet back on. the ducks and geese were using it all along thanks to me digging a deep end in it last year when it dried up. It was pretty darn green but it gave them a place to get wet and remain waterfowl. I wanted to dig the pond a couple more feet deeper and was hoping it would have dried up a lot more but it never did. :-)
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by kenya » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:30 pm

Good for her, babies before the snow flies.
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by ross » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:56 pm

Ahhh baby duckies . So much fun .lol
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by windwalkingwolf » Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:36 am

Glad the geese are ok with little quackers, and that the Welsh are producing so we'll!
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by coonhound » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:14 pm

Hey Al your welsh look more like khaki campbells
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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by thegawd » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:15 pm

well here is the bittersweet conclusion with the ducklings.... I'll let the video do the explaining...

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Re: Welsh Harlequin Ducklings!

Post by Happy » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:39 pm

Aww that's so sad and so sweet at the same time! Yay Toughduck!!!
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