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Our First Adventure With Ducks

“Ducks are cute”, I said.

“Ducks would be a great addition to the Homestead”, I said.

“The kids that visit will love them”, I said.

“I heard ducks are friendlier than chickens and will bond to their owners”, I said.

Papa Nice just smiled and I was on my way to researching duck breeds, how to care for ducks, and repainting an old coop to make a duck house.

Step 1: Take an old, flimsy coop…add a new roof, new paint and new hardware. Viola!

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Step 2: Research duck breeds.

I decided I wanted Pekins.  Pekins are big and friendly.  The chances of a hawk picking them up out of the yard would be rare.  So I called the local feed store and ordered 2 female Pekins that would look like this:

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Step 3: Pick up ducklings from feed store.

Off I went to the feed store, with 5 little kids, to pick up our 2 female PEKIN ducklings.  But when we got there, the feed store ordered Khaki Campbells and didn’t have any Pekins.  It would take WEEKS to get them in.  When you have 5 little kids excited for ducklings and 2 ducklings that now don’t have a home, what do you do?  You take home the ducks that you didn’t order.  “No problem”, I said, Khaki Campbells are nice ducks too…I think.  I’m not even sure what they look like though.  I guess these are Khaki Campbells and the kids love them.  They are so cute….

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The ducks have grown a lot since we got them back in April.  Only…. they are much darker than Khaki Campbells and they are more skittish than any duck breed I had researched.  Alas, I have discovered that we do NOT have Pekins (which I ordered), or Khaki Campbells (which I was told I was given), but rather Black Runner Ducks.  Good layers, but skittish, flightless and not very big.  Sigh.  I don’t even know if they are both female.  Apparently they will lay a lot of eggs (if they are female) and I hope that they will settle into the Homestead and become more friendly and comfortable with us.

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For now…”Ruby” and “Fudge” will continue to have free reign of the backyard and will spend their day’s swimming in their pool and eating bugs.  Maybe I expect too much from my animals.  They are ducks after all.  Ducks that now have a great life at the Nice Family Homestead.

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🙂 Mama Nice