Wednesday, November 6, 2013
It seems that my fear back in July...see here...was completely for naught. Our worry that we had two drakes on our hands was a false alarm as our little duck dynasty is comprised of only one male, a female and another lady with a ring around her neck, like a male. Go figure.
And although I introduced them to the joys of water at an early age, we suspect they think they're chickens, as they rarely venture past the shoreline of the pond. Living with 20 odd chickens and sleeping on the floor of a chicken coop could have something to do with that. We're not really sure. What we do know is that they make a mess of the water dispenser; we've had to keep both dispensers outside all summer because a wet coop isn't good for the real chickens. We also now know, that a drake and a rooster aren't necessarily a good combination either. Eli is missing some neck feathers, all in the name of protecting the smallest of the chantecler hens.
We're now at a crossroads. The waterers are starting to freeze overnight, and it's time to hook up the electric dispenser in the coop. The flies have vacated until spring, making this the time to decide who's spending the winter in the coop or the freezer. And the days are shorter than ever which means there are fewer hours of free ranging each day and living arrangements are too cramped for a healthy flock.
We thought we had a plan. Decisions were made and it was just a matter of time.
Now, we're not sure sure.
We discovered duck eggs.
And I'm looking for a duck proof water dispenser.
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