The four mutant ducklings are now almost grown up….the older male and Bullsnake are constantly “at” each other through the chicken mesh enclosure….It would seem that Bullsnake and Missy are unique to themselves. Of the 20 runner ducks, about half are male and they co-habitate FINE…no fights. Not so with Bullsnake. Missy tells him, in NO uncertain terms to “get” anyone and everyone….poor guy gets beaten up by the dogs, me, the cats, ETC.!!! I know that is she weren’t around, he would revert back to his old personable self…running over to be picked up and talked to, etc. Now, he runs over to peck any unprotected skin on your feet or legs. It will be interesting (in a perverse sort of way!) to see what his reaction will be to the new ducklings that are currently in the incubator: about 10 of his offspring and 3 runner ducklings (yahoo!!). They have about a week more to go before they hatch. In the meantime, we’re having wood delivered on Monday for the construction of a second duck house—JUST for the mutant ducks and their offspring. While the orchard is the “domain” of the runner ducks and geese, the vegetable garden will be the “domain” of the mutant ducks….We’re trying, possibly in vain to keep the runner ducks “pure”. On an aside, a car pulled into the farm a few days ago with two woman….they hopped out and announced that they just HAD to find out what kind of animal we had in the orchard….that they had been driving back and forth along the highway for about 15 min trying to figure it out!! Too funny. I took them on a tour to meet the runner ducks (who they thought were warm weather penguins!!!) and the lambs. They were totally enthralled—it would be fun to know how many people receive copies of the photos that they took!
We now are also officially involved in a breeding program for our sheep. Studley DoLittle…that’s his name. Bob wants to change it to Studley DoNothing….He’s a brown (morrit) ram LAMB, with an incredibly soft fleece….born in March. I keep telling Bob that he just needs time to figure out WHAT he’s supposed to do!!! In the meantime, we have him in with just the 3 older sheep, who he’s driving crazy following around, and getting TOTALLY wrapped up in blackberry vines, which he’s seemingly not accustomed to. In one day, we had to extricate him from the brambles THREE times. The ewes, of course, stood on the sidelines snickering loudly!! If all goes according to plan, we will have lambs in April…..possibly three sets of twins!