This is a little story how we ended up being the proud parents of 9 ducks. I can’t say it was unplanned, we had talked about it, we just weren’t ready yet. Until I was at work minding my own business and happened upon 6 gorgeous eggs at a school library. I mentioned that we had discussed ducks, and just like that we adopted all 6 of them. Okay, maybe not just like that, but it sure has been fast.
The 6 key players are known as the Coleman Quackers. They are American Pekin ducks. All six of them, and six eggs that didn’t make it, were donated to the school by a local family to raise and hatch. The problem was that after they had hatched, they could no longer live in the library. The farm was willing to take them back, but the goal was to find a home with school families. Ducks are family pack animals, so it was an all or nothing thing. They all needed to stay together, and I was up to the challenge! The hubs caught up. 🙂 The Quacken are his pets. He designed and built by hand an enormous Castle and has now added a front yard.
The day we picked them up, we felt like rockstars as we left the school. Teacher and kid alike commented on the ducks and wished them well. They came home to the garage where they would live until they were big enough to be outside. And until the duck house was built.
The Coleman Quackers moved in Memorial day weekend at the ripe old age of 5-ish days old. A week or so after they came to live with us we took a trip to the local farm store, and our hearts melted seeing a poor little Black Swedish girl duck that had no brothers and sisters and looked to be in poor care. She had other ducks, but they were all Khaki Campbell’s, and she was trying to stay close to another trying to cuddle up. So of course she and two of the Khaki’s came home with us. Because if you are feeding 6, what difference does 3 more make? The 9 of them are now affectionately referred to as The Quacken.
Most of the story of the Quacken will be visual. We have tried to take pictures of them growing to share with the school kids that worked so hard to hatch them.
Today’s trip outside was just to get our feet in the grass. The outdoor pen still is not complete. The humans are making sure that nothing can get in to the ducks.
First time in a real pool. Still not completely waterproof but we had a blast! The water isn’t too deep and there were a few bricks to give us places to stand up out of the water if we needed.