|It's not easy to see, but there are 14 ducklings with mama in this picture.|
|It wasn't easy, but Tammy managed to pick up a handful of duckling.|
Earlier in the season, we made the decision that the ducks weren't going to be able to raise their own this year, so we went ahead and ordered some ducklings to be raised for meat. We managed to get them moved from the brooder area in the Poultry Pavilion a couple of weekends ago. The process was a bit traumatic for the ducklings, but they tend to act like everything is traumatic until they reach full size.
|The adult male Muscovy (Diggle) and one of the females adopted the young ducks|
|Diggle is looking a little shell-shocked.|
But, what about the Silver Appleyards?
|Dippet and the Dippettes|
Unlike the Muscovys, the Appleyards do quack. They have decided that Rob needs to be told what to do every so often. This is especially true if the food is low or the water is dry. They have been known to line up (about 5 feet away) and outline very clearly in "Quackese" what should be done. If you look at the picture above, they are starting to get into formation for a 'talking to.' I suspect this quack session had to do with all of the young ducks now in their pasture. Sadly for them, this will not change any time soon.
Well, at least they got results.