Big Ducks
Jul'03 19
What is this hard stuff? This is one of the first times the ducks were brought out into the BIG back yard with us.  When they ventured up onto the driveway it was obvious they were a little freaked out by the hard surface.  They stood still for several minutes before they could be persuaded to follow DD on a quest... Pictured left to right: Victoria, Gabby (in front) & Emma

Jul'03 19
Victoria While Emma was exuberant and extremely animated in her "discussions" and Gabby was always standoffish and distrusting, Victoria fell somewhere in the middle in both personality and pecking order.  This is her at one year old.

Jun'03 2
The Three Stooges & Pink Floyd… hello, hello, hello?  Is there anybody out there?

May'03 27
Duck House construction… underway by DH (with a little help from me when I was still learning how to use power tools).  The big, red chicken coop (8' x 8') is to the right in the first picture. In the second picture, you can see part of the HUGE swimming pool (36' long!) we used to have.  A few years after this photo was taken that pool was sold and a few years after that I added a Silkie coop & run (which now houses all the bantam chickens of which no silkies remain) and the bantam duck house/run to that space.  DH cut down quite a few trees and shrubs and we also expanded even more into the woods.  I still like having all that lovely sand in their yards.  The third picture shows the duck house now, eight years later.  Still looks pretty good (mainly because I haven't let the ducks go in it for the last 4 years  :lol: ) but I'm planning to convert it into a goose house next year with rubber walls that can be sprayed down (but that's another story!).

May'03 15
My how they grow! My how time flies and how fast they grow.  Actually, waterfowl grow at tremendous rates.  So much so that sometimes you can almost "see" them grow!  Here's an example at 3, 5 and 12 days old.  Then more pics at 2 , 3, 4 & 5(+3 days) weeks old.  You can practically "hear" their bones creaking  :-D            

May'03 14
I need a nap This is the thought I had when I saw this little duckling looking at me so enquiringly.  It's one of my favorite pictures over the years.  They were so exhausted and mildly stressed after their cross country trip that once they had all been shown where the water was (and how to drink) and after having a quick snack of duckling food they all passed out for a few hours.

May'03 14
Eleven new female ducklings arrive from… ...Metzers Farm in Gonzalez, CA.  They were shipped at less than 24 hours old and arrived on the east coast before they were 72 hours old.  I kept 3 of them and shared the rest with friends.  This was my first venture with ducks and I chose the Golden 300 Hybrid which is a hybrid specifically bred by Metzers.  The genders are easily sexed at hatching, females are brown and males are shades of black.  I chose all females for their egg laying abilities. ~ Here are the three I kept who would eventually become Emma(line), Victoria and Gabby(Gabriella).                

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