Henry has now been interacting with the girls unsupervised. Except for the very first time where there was a decent amount of nipping and biting, especially between him and one of the Cayugas, everyone has been very polite with each other. The girls always stay pretty close together, even before Henry, and Henry just follows the group around. He bathes a lot so that’s a good sign of healthy, happy duck. He sticks up his feathered little butt quite a bit while bathing, so I wonder if he is used to a bigger bathing area than a 9-gallon pool?
Introducing Handsome Henry, the Golden Cascade Drake
For my birthday this year, I asked if I could get Golden Cascade ducks, and Marcus said yes!
We’ve been waiting for the Cayugas to start laying (especially since the other three have been laying consistently for three weeks – no pressure, ya lazy duckers!) and were also anticipating the black/dark gray eggs we’d heard about.
So yesterday when Marcus announced that he’d found a fourth egg, I was a little, well not disappointed per say, but surprised when I saw it.
Today is the ninth day in a row that we’ve been getting three eggs from the ducks! So very exciting! Marcus is the one to collect them since usually he’s the one who gets them up each morning and I always require a report of where he found the eggs and I’m proud to say that they are usually laid in their nesting boxes! I had heard so many conflicting stories about whether or not ducks would use nesting boxes so I am extremely pleased that the ducks are laying in the same places.
The eggs are coming from the Welsh Harlequin (the patterned one) and the Buffs (the blonde ones. The Cayugas are supposed to lay black eggs at first and all the eggs so far have been white – lazy Cayugas!
It’s lambing season at our friends Bill and Sharon’s farm and last Saturday we got snuggle little baby lambs that were just a few days old!
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday we’ve been getting two eggs from the ducks. Hurray!! Yesterday however, Marcus found only one egg so I thought I’d look around and see if I could find the second one. Here’s what I found:
Very naughty ducks! Straw everywhere!
Today, we got our sixth duck egg! 😀 Woohoo!!
If something that came out of a bird’s butt doesn’t seem all that post-worthy, just look how excited we were when Marcus found the First Egg:
I cannot even describe how excited we were! We were telling everyone! (Well, I was. For some reason, Marcus didn’t think that a Very Important Meeting with top Visa executives was the proper place to start announcing that one our of ducks had laid her first egg. He obviously has no sense of what truly matters in life!) Also, when we were telling our farmers market friends about our Big News, I was so excited that apparently at least one of them thought I had, erm, “bigger” news than that. Nope, sorry. 😉