Ducks are entertainers. Aflac knows this and exploits it so well that no one can say the company name without quacking. Ducks are fun to have around. Watching them waddle brings a smile – watching them run is hysterical. So we have added to the duck flock this spring. 14 new little peepers back in March. They arrived by US Mail in a precious peeping box and have grown faster than the weeds.
To accommodate the new ducks, we changed Duckingham Palace from a permanent domain to a mobile version. The house got a lift kit and an open concept layout. And we added electrified poultry netting to give them a big backyard – with a pool.
The first pool worked well for out existing adults, but it turned out to be too deep for the adolescent ducks to exit. Most of them were coming and going fine, but one got stuck. I had just come from a bee swarm collection in Garner. Before installing them I made a quick trip to check on everyone on the farm. That’s when I noticed her huddled and shivering in the pool. Without a full set of adult feathers, a long soak in a cold tub is deadly. Not good.
I don’t know how long he had been there but
she didn’t protest when I picked her up. Highly unusual. I wrapped her in my jacket and she laid her head on my arm. I hurried her to the house. Even though the farmhouse is still under construction, we had heat & air. I cranked up the heat and held her wet and shivering over an air duck, um, duct. She dried fairly quickly but I kept her indoors for a little while to make sure she was ok. When I found her strolling through the kids bedroom I knew she was ready to rejoin the group.
We have since upgraded the pool to a bigger but shallower model. Everyone seems quite pleased. Now they have a shady yard and a bigger pool. Party time! Alas, the older ducks still refuse to associate with the enormous group of teenage ducks who must seem like a nervous herd of preteen girls. But soon enough, those teeny boppers will be turning the heads of our 2 drakes. Summertime is calling.