I assume that the best way to start off my Blog would be to introduce all the ducks that I'll be talking about. Each one has his, or her own personality, and I love them all. When I first got started on raising ducks, my Dad hoped that I would get over it in a month or so; obviously that hasn't happened, it wasn't just a phase! I love spending time with them, and watching them grow up. Ducks are kind of an accomplishment for me, because although I thought they were adorable, I really didn't know how to care for them, and to be honest I was a little afraid of them.
I can't get enough of them now, and I'm glad I got started on them. I know they'll be a life time hobby for me. So, come on in, and meet the flock!
These are my two Harlequin girls; the one laying down is Aurora, and she's the feisty one of group most of the time. she's more skittish than the other ducklings, but I've been working with her and she seems to be calming down a little. In my opinion she is my prettiest duck. She's a gold phase Harlequin. She's also too smart for her own good. She constantly keeps me on my toes; just today I couldn't catch her to put her in the pool with the rest, so what does she do? she climbed onto a box and from there jumped into the pool.
The gal standing up is Prim; I feel like she's the mother hen of the group. she's more quiet, and reserved than the others; but still friendly, and willing to spend time with everyone. I'll post more as I get to know her personally. Prim is a Silver Phase Welsh Harlequin.
This is my seven week old Blue Swedish; Blue Belle. I raised her on her own, she's had very little interaction with other ducks because I had two Drakes when she was growing up, and they were too rowdy for her to hang out with. She's been pretty lonely because of that, but now that we have more ducklings, she's learning how to behave as a flock member, instead of a single lady. :)Isn't she pretty? She was a social bug as a baby, but has become less social when I started putting her in the duck pen out in the pasture, instead of living in the house. My ducklings are teaching her to be more trusting however.
These are my two Buff girls. Ella, and Rosie. they're by far my most friendly, and social ducklings. Ella, is slightly more friendly than Rosie, but most of the time it isn't a big difference. I love that they pop up when I come into the brooder room. Instead of running away from my hands, they come running towards me to nibble on my fingers, or poke at my sparkly nail polish.
Last but not least, my Welshie boy. He doesn't have a name because I don't think I'll be keeping him; Right now I'm planning on keeping an all female flock, I believe this will lessen the stress, and just make my flock calmer in that they don't have to deal with a hormonal male when he gets to that age. However, he is a sweetie. I love him to pieces; he's the quietest little guy ever, not to mention a cuddly boy. I can pick him up and within seconds he is sleeping against my chest.
Blue Belle is still learning how to share the bucket, and pool of water. She isn't used to having the babies around, let alone sharing what is hers. ha ha! I think she's doing pretty good so far though, and as the babies get bigger, she'll gain more respect for them.