It’s hard to believe three months have passed so quickly, but they are pretty much full grown and in the next two to four weeks they will start laying eggs. It couldn’t come at a better time since I can’t wait to bake bread using their eggs. Duck eggs are supposed to make the texture and flavor of bread really sing! I’m excited. I won’t let any of them hatch out ducklings until the spring. From what I can see of our duck clan, we have far more drakes than are necessary. We’ll definitely need to eat a few drakes this winter to give our ducks a break…the chickens too! I think the duck to drake ratio is supposed to be 5:1. We have 15 altogether and it looks like we have about 7 drakes in the group…maybe more! I’ll be watching the drakes a little more carefully now that they are reaching that age where they may want to mingle with the chickens. I’m pretty sure they couldn’t mount a chicken since the chickens are too fast for them, but it doesn’t mean they couldn’t try! From what I understand, chickens are never penetrated by roosters, so if a drake were to mount a chicken it could do some damage to her. I’m not up for chicken rape, ya know!?
This is The Duke! We don’t have a formal name for him yet, but we do know he is the duke. LOL
There are six drakes in the above photo. Two of them we haven’t named yet. The four in the back left are the Baron, King Louie, Ferdinand and the Duke. In the foreground are the two unnamed drakes. The one on the lower left I’m gonna call part of our Turducken…yes he will be added to our Thanksgiving feast this year, and the other one that is mostly white in the lower right hand foreground we are keeping. I like the markings on his back even though he doesn’t have the standard magpie black spot on his head…his offspring might. In the photo is also Dottie and Stella.
On to our mystery volunteer, can anyone tell me what kind of plant this is? It currently is about 2 1/2 feet high with an equal spread, “jeanie” like slipper pods, pink orchid like flowers. The leaves are fuzzy and the underside of the leaves emit a sticky substance if you touch it. What the heck is this thing? For some reason it reminds me of the plant from the play Little Shop of Horrors!
The mystery plant is in the foreground. Here is another shot of it from underneath: