Pekin Ducks at Pig Pond
The ducks have just discovered the pond. We think of winter as only lasting four to six months but for the ducks it is more like ten or twenty years in equivelant life span. Most of the water they’ve seen was in solid form. They were here last year, but since then I used a bulldozer to raise the final dam of the pig pond, seeded and fenced it off from them as cold weather came. They were moved up hill to winter homes.
Now the first blades of grass are showing and I have reopened the pond so they can get down to the water. They were quite timid. I had expected them to dive right in.
Ducks, at least the white Pekin ducks we have, seem to simply lay their eggs all over the place rather than making nests. Occasionally I’ll find a nest of duck eggs but most of them are simply scattered everywhere. The geese did this too initially but then started nesting. I’m going to setup some simple shelters down by the pond with some hay in them in the hopes that the ducks will brood there.
We don’t sell duck meat. We don’t sell duck eggs. So what good are ducks the economic minded might ask? Well, they keep down the mosquitoes, mow along the fence lines and stir up the various ponds. Besides, I like watching them. Walt Disney was right, they’re a bit daffy.
Outdoors: 69°F/40°F Mostly Sunny, evening heavy rain, hail, strong winds, brilliant double full arc rainbow
Farm House: 53°F/53°F
Tiny Cottage: 71°F/63°F