Ducklings Catching Flies


Fluffy Fly Catchers

The ducklings are growing fast. They mix their food with water and make a general mess which attracts flies which the ducks love to eat. Maybe they’re doing it on purpose…

Today I moved them to a temporary brooder and cleaned out their brooder, a cattle trough. This interferes with their dastardly plans of fly domination but I’m sure they’ll work to attract more.

Outdoors: 79°F/56°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/65°F

Daily Spark: There is shit in all THIngS.

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3 Responses to Ducklings Catching Flies

  1. Ginny C. says:

    Ingenious creatures. Our chickens catch/eat flying bugs in mid-air. Then there are the deer flies that like to circle, and the chickens will spin around in circles to catch and eat them. Very fun to watch. Thanks for sharing!

  2. TerryByrne says:

    I sometimes think that animals are much smarter than humans.

    • They often are within their narrow ken – their range of knowledge or sight, their specialty. I love the Competent Man quote by Robert Heinlein:

      “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

      — Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

      We are generalists and as such there are things, like catching flies, that we just don’t do as well as a duckling or chicken. :)

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