Monday, 21 November 2011

Like a Duck to Water

I am beginning to understand some of these duck-related a duck to water for instance.

When we plopped Ace into the washing up bowl (must get her one of her own) today she immediately dived underneath and swam underwater. She was clearly loving it, splashing around, getting me soaked.

Once she was back in her brooder another one sprang to mind - like water off a duck's back. Wet as she looks it is only surface wet and she dries in no time.

A bit of a shock with her today. She is not an Aylesbury after all. We rather naively trusted the seller, but we got to wondering this morning how this beautiful bronze fluff turns into white feathers. Then realised it doesn't.

We googled Aylesbury ducklings and every one of them was yellow.

Ace is actually a Khaki Campbell.

Which in itself is not a problem - we love her for who she is not what she is. But as far as Puddleducks goes, she cannot do our advertising work - Puddleducks are Aylesburys. No ifs, no buts, Aylesburys.

So we have to source some hatched ducklings of a very simliar age so that they are young enough to tame. Otherwise we are losing a whole month waiting for more to hatch.

Let's look on the bright side here....IF Ace is female, then she will be a very prolific egg-layer - up to 350 a year which is pretty damned good.

And even is she does turn out to be a bloke - well just look at this gorgeous thing - who could fail to love it?

Our water baby - 3rd swim.

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