As a little girl, I had found a catalog that contained within it all that was "duck" in nature. Duck figurines, duck planters, duck books, duck linens...anything and everything you could imagine pertaining to ducks! Flipping through the pages of the catalog, to my mother (with the delight only a toddler could have with such a catalog) I exclaimed, "Ducks! Ducks! Ducks!" To this my mother jokingly replied, "No ducks!" For one reason or other, this had stuck with my mother for years, becoming a family inside joke (she even bought me a duck planter when I got a little older that contained a small cactus). Anytime we'd see ducks, Mom would usually say "No ducks!"
Well...I have no ducks. Plans to purchase the 5 little ducklings this Wednesday fell through. A blessing in disguise really as now I have more time to work on my duck run and I can shop for what I really want...baby, baby ducks that will imprint on ME. I have learned a great deal through this tribulation too! I'm happy to know I CAN have male ducks in my flock, particularly if the female to male ratio is appropriate to minimize competitive behavior. So long as fertilized eggs are collected and not incubated, no surprise ducklings (which was my concern about having males in my flock in the first place)!
I have been in contact with Boondockers Farm and will likely get hatchlings mid to late August. If not...my journey will be prolonged to next spring. Below chronicles the work on the run I've accomplished this week. My pond is filled with water, though I don't have a pic of it yet!
Acquiring stock has infused new life and motivation into me and developing my duck run. That last two days have proven especially fruitful in getting the yard ready for my ducklings' arrival next Wednesday!
It's official! I have FINALLY found some local Ancona ducklings! The five little dears hatched just last Saturday (July 6th) and I will be able to pick them up next Wednesday evening. I can't wait to get them home and start playing "Mama Duck"! Oodles of posts and pictures to come upon their arrival...check back soon!