Today I added some Muscovy ducks to the barn. They are a Mother’s Day present from my dear husband.
I could now be considered a duck ‘n’ chicken farmer (duckin’ chicken farmer has a nice ring to it if you say it quickly) but I think I’ll just stick to calling myself a chicken farmer who happens to have other poultry/birds.
Beyond being ridiculously cute, Muscovy ducks are apparently hardy, eat a fuckload of insects, and are relatively friendly. I read online that drakes can be nasty fellows at times, and with their large size it can be a little scary (still not as scary as Houdini’s spurs/talons). Señor Degrassi seems pretty nice so far, and super-super-cute. I picked him because he was by himself at Duck ‘N’ Horse Farmer Andrea’s barn as he was being bullied and was a bit injured from another drake. Now he’s a baller with his three girlfriends, Helga, Mademoiselle, and Sweetpea.
Actually the first thing Señor Degrassi did when I released him into his temporary-pen was waddle over to Helga, get on top of her, spend a long time “hugging” her until he started panting again in his hilarious duck fashion, then he fell to the side and tumbled off of her.
Ducks remind me a lot of dogs, surprisingly. Señor Degrassi is big into wagging his tail and a lot of their noises are rather canine-sounding.
I’m very excited to learn more about Muscovy ducks as well as chickens! Animals are amazing and for someone like me, who loves to observe and learn about this world, I can spend hours watching them or reading about them.
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