Friday, June 12, 2015

Duckies!

Introducing Mrs. Feddle, Duckie-Duck, Fatsykins, Buttercup, Striker, Sir Eatsalot, and Godzilla, aka Admiral Drake.

This was going to be a nice little post about our seven new family members.

And then C took E and Z to a baseball game and left me with the task of fetching the ducklings from their outdoor pen where they spend the day, put them into a box, and carry them back inside into the large Rubbermaid that is still their nighttime home.

By the time I rounded them all up (after finally giving up on keeping my work clothes clean and crawling into their shit-strewn pen), the D in "duck" had been replaced by F and an "er" added to the end of the word. With "mother" for a prefix.

Anyway, Z has been begging for a duck for months and months and months.

So I showed C a picture of a duck house, from a book that shall remain nameless, which suggested that eight full-grown ducks could live inside and be wheeled around the yard, eating bugs and fertilizing the lawn, with nary an iota of human input.

After C built the house and we informed E and Z that they were getting ducks for their birthday, I ordered a duck raising book which said, in not so many words, "Don't be fooled by charlatans and four-season gardeners who suggest that ducks are really easy to take care of. In fact, they're quite a lot more maintenance than chickens."

Call me had. 

But E and Z are really, really happy. 

I guess that's what it's all about, right?


In any case, say "hello" to our ducks.

12 comments:

  1. Haha, thanks for the laugh this morning.

    I look forward to following your adventures with them. We were going to add a few ducks to our chicken flock this spring, but upon advice from a few backyard chicken keepers decided against it.

    Have fun with them, they are adorable.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Ha! I guess it was pretty funny...just not in the moment. They are pretty cute...despite being a royal pain.

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  2. They are very cute. My kids have been wanting ducks for so long but I'm not quite sure how to go about it - we don't have a pond...
    Looking forward to more posts all about yours, would love to see some up close pictures of the duck house.

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    1. Our pond has (at least one) enormous resident snapping turtle, so I don't think they'll be spending time in it. The books say they don't NEED swimming water...they just like it. We'll see how they do with a kiddie pool when they're bigger.

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  3. Oh my goodness, you are hilarious. Sorry, I guess that kind of means that I am laughing at you but it is because I can just imagine if I were in your situation I'd be doing the same thing and using the same four-letter word with the same prefix!

    Well, those ducks are very lucky to have such a loving home. :)

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    1. Yes, it was pretty funny...and it's even more funny watching other people go through it every night. :)

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  4. lol, oh dear lol

    aw, but they are cute, and the kids are smiling. as long as the kids put in the hard graft, i say it was worth it ;)

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  5. My family was mentioning ducks this week. Please tell me more about the work they entail?

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    1. I will write more about the ducks soon!

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  6. Hello ducks! Such charming little critters, aren't they? Which is lucky when you're muttering that "f" word and dealing with their messes. :)

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