May 10, 2009
See those brown things in the grass next to the hen? That's her ducklings.
It's odd to see the drake with them; I thought that once the eggs were laid the drakes stayed clear.
UPDATE: They like bread:
Exception: rye bread. Rye bread is like crack for us ducks. Mmmmmm... rye bread.
Posted by: Wonderduck at May 10, 2009 01:37 PM (rvJXE)
Posted by: RickC at May 10, 2009 01:51 PM (9+N7h)
After that hen and her five ducklings finished all my bread, and headed over to the creek, I saw another hen with a drake and just one duckling. Kind of sad to think of what might have happened to all her others. Either the eggs were taken, or the ducklings were.
But that's how it is in nature with nearly all young. The mortality rate is huge; that's why they have lots of them.
Around here I suspect their greatest source of peril is raccoons. I know there are some around. I saw one once. Usually they're nocturnal, especially in towns, but this one waltzed through our yard casual as anything in broad daylight, and didn't seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at May 10, 2009 02:33 PM (+rSRq)
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