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Ducklings
Tue 5-Jul-11
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Hattie
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Oh Danuta, how sad......I hate that happening, I always feel it is my fault, even when I know it isn't.   big_hug

I feel guilty this morning as I fell asleep very early last night before I had locked up my chickens........!!!  I rushed out very early this morning & they were all fine. I was worried as we have a lot of foxes in the woods behind my house.  Still it is a good reminder for me to be more careful. I don't want to go through my previous experience (about 7 years ago) of finding dead headless chickens strewn around the garden. This was in the daytime too; 2 cockerels & 5 hens were killed.

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from Les Miserables

Tue 5-Jul-11
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So sorry to hear your news Danuta and I hope you are feeling better now.  Hattie, that was a dreadful thing to happen, glad to know that they came to no harm last night.

I'll try that again!

Tue 5-Jul-11
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How sad Danuta, do ducks have runts of the litter, not really sure, I feel for you and hope the others are fine. Nadine, we've lots many a chicken to foxes, when we were on hols in Nov 09, a freind house sat and forgot to lock them up, we lost every single one. We've had them taken during the day too, we have to just think about it as nature, and hope they didn't suffer too much.

On the bright side, it gives us a chance for a fresh start every now and then

Thu 7-Jul-11
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Sorry to hear your news Danuta big_hug

Thu 7-Jul-11
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wave I'm afraid these things happen.  I was sad, but am pleased to report the other ones are still doing very well.  I just have to remember I am counting to six now and not seven.

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It is great when you get new hatching- we had two ducks, James and Jemimah ,
who were silver call ducks, quite small but very vocal, when we lived in
Scotland, by a river. Our neighbour across the river kept ducks and chickens
and had an incubator as well. Jemimah was not a good egg sitter- she would
frequently sit on her eggs almost long enough and then abandon them. So one
time we took three eggs and used the incubator to try and hatch them - it was
meant to have an automatic rotating system to turn the eggs, but this was
sporadic at best so we did it by hand- eventually one hatched out and we called
him Jerms ( a bit of a mishmash of mum and dads names) he went with us on
holiday in a small box as we needed to keep him warm and fed until we could put
him in with mum and dad.

Jemimah then laid a new clutch and we ended up with another male and a
female. Jerms was allowed on to the river and had a wonderful time with the
other ducks, and the new pair we kept in an ark until big enough and they
joined Jerms on the river.

We ended up with another 8 ducklings form that pair and kept them in the
greenhouse- we had not known about the new ducklings until the neighbour
brought them to us as the nest was on his side. I built and improvised a pond
from boards and a tarpaulin and once the ducklings could get in it was great to
watch. They would do what I called "underwater flying" they would
dive under the surface with their stumpy wings out and swim under the water as
if flying- which was funny to watch. Eventually we re-homed those ducklings and
the three original offspring, one we raised and the two Jemimah raised stayed
on the river. Eventually they disappeared either due to predation or moving on,
but not before Pip, the second hatched male, had mated with some of the Buff Orpington
ducks our neighbour kept- as these were at least twice his size, he had to
adopt a strategy- he would wait until half a dozen were busy feeding in the
river shallows and then rush up to them and catch the slowest one - and then
both of them would end up floating down the river together. Needless to say the
off-spring were an interesting mixture.

The original ducks, J&J came with us to Suffolk and lived happily on an
old blue coloured cast iron bath converted to a pond for them with a hutch for
shelter- Jemimah lived for 15.5 years and James for 17 years and died just
earlier this year. The Bath is now buried in the ground and the area converted
back to lawn (the bath was much too heavy to dig out again- took four of us to
carry it there in the first place)

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

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