A close friend who was up here recently, visiting and helping with the orchard, said that she can't get over how they all look like they're wearing "tightey-whitey" underwear (men's stretchy, non-boxer shorts underwear). That comment stuck; I can't look at them now without checking out the state of their underwear!
We're currently in the middle of another duck egg "crisis". Hardly any eggs....at a time when all of the ducks should be laying like crazy. I've been in Sherlock mode for a few weeks now to no avail....except that they now have REALLY fresh bedding and an unlimited supply of food, grit and oyster shells. The only direction left for me is taking excess drakes to the slaughter house---which I really hate pursuing. I feel like Guido, fingering which ducks live and which die. The drakes seem to know what's coming and a few try to hide behind George when I'm "Bingo dabbering" the males. To make it even worse, runner ducks have VERY little meat on them. Drumsticks and a TEENY little piece of breast meat---that's pretty much it. Seems like such a senseless death---but you can't turn them wild. They can't fly, so in the long run, it's even more brutal.
Now the Strawberry Farm ducks, the "mutants"....that's another story. They're not laying at all...either they have a nest "somewhere" (they hide them very well!) or..?? In any case, now that all of these ducklings have grown up, their male/female ratio is even worse than with the runners: 5 m to 6 f...and if I can get past the "oh, look its fluffy" head-space, these guys look downright tasty! We'll see.
Another road stopper is our lambs. We now have 5 of them---all either black or VERY dark brown, with only one pregnant ewe left. They spend the day chasing each other all over the pasture---jumping with little pirouettes in the air, spooking each other--it's hysterical! Of the 5 lambs, though, 3 are little rams, complete with little teeny, developing horns. sniff. No changing direction here....their names are Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We'll probably keep the 2 females though: Goldilocks and Hannah.... Can I say that I dislike this aspect of farm existence?