INTEGRATING THE NEW DUCKS

The baby ducks aren’t babies any more!  They grew up sooo fast!   Seems like only yesterday these gals were little balls of fluff.

Today was a big step for them. We moved them from their “pullet pen” to be with the older ducks in the animal compound.  Of course, we did it under close supervision to make sure there wasn’t any heavy neck wrestling going on.

What surprised me was the fact that it wasn’t the older ducks initiating the wrestling but one or two of the baby ducks.  Naturally, the older ducks then had to put the baby in its place by neck wrestling back.  Had to break that up a few times but now they’ve seem to have  the “pecking” order in place.

The chickens, for the most part, could not be bothered with the quacking badelynge.

After four batches of Khaki Campbell’s over the years, I love having a little variety in the flock. Their cousins, the Welsh Harlequins, are certainly lovely to look at.

Kind of a  bittersweet moment because we won’t be raising any more chicks for awhile since this recent arrival of ducks and chickens  to the homestead menagerie.

Comments(3)

  1. suzy lowry geno says:

    found the old Dateline video of you on YouTube tonight so then looked up your website. I am in north central Alabama, a former investigative newspaper reporter, and now a full time homesteader with a tiny general store on my farm. You have inspired me and I will continue to follow your website. I am a one-year widow at 60 so this journey has taken some unusual twists but I too exist below the poverty level but feel rich indeed! I was blessed this summer when they published a collection of my columns which had been in our state-wide farming magazine in a book entitled Simple Times at Old Field Farm. I just want to tell you that I hope your days continue to be peace-filled and simply-lived!!! suzy lowry geno (or commonly known as the Goat Lady or Chicken Lady!)

  2. suzy lowry geno says:

    found the old Dateline video of you on YouTube tonight so then looked up your website. I am in north central Alabama, a former investigative newspaper reporter, and now a full time homesteader with a tiny general store on my farm. You have inspired me and I will continue to follow your website. I am a one-year widow at 60 so this journey has taken some unusual twists but I too exist below the poverty level but feel rich indeed! I was blessed this summer when they published a collection of my columns which had been in our state-wide farming magazine in a book entitled Simple Times at Old Field Farm. I just want to tell you that I hope your days continue to be peace-filled and simply-lived!!! suzy lowry geno (or commonly known as the Goat Lady or Chicken Lady!)

  3. Stacy Harris says:

    These are soo Cute! I do want to have ducks with my hens. I would like to learn more about them. My husband thinks they are messier than the chickens who like to hangout by our back door waiting to come inside. You can imagine the mess. So I understand I need to getover our regular landscaping Hard scape and get them in a YARD of thier own!! My 2nd grade twins have a project in class where they incubate several dozen eggs to see the life cycle. My oldest 13 wants ALL of them! Crazy Chicken Lover that she is! HE HE.(She pressed me before school started in August!)
    I love learning and seeing all that goes on at your homestead. Is the class on chickens going to include all the other animals Jordanne knows about also? I will see if my sister can come if there will be more information on the Rabbits. She has two and has learned alot about thier WAYS! She actually saved one. He’s a three legged one and so cute BUN TON!

    well sorry so long havent gotten to reply lately and needed to let you know you are all so inspiring!
    Warmly
    Stacy~Creativemuse

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