Brothers Campfire Independence, Courage, and a Smidgen of Crazy

Currently, I have eight ducks and one goose. The ducks pretty much follow the goose around and there is safety in numbers so all is well.

One of my ducks has an independent streak and while I consider her foolish, I respect her chutzpah.

I cannot pick her out of the eight, but every night when all the ducks obediently go to bed, she will inevitably break right at the last second, causing the others to withdraw out of the ducky house.

I then have to regroup them and try again.

She is a leader and has a defiant personality and today, I documented her behavior.

I had just let them out for the morning and was drinking a cup of coffee near the Campfire when I heard the neighbor’s dog barking and jumping at the fence.

There she was, staring down a husky and a brown dog we simply call “Brown Dog.”

She settled there for a bit, and laid an egg, right on the fence line.

Why would she do that? I collected thirteen eggs this morning all in the same nest and the fourteenth was in the face of death. (I did not collect yesterday)

Birds of a feather flock together and the curious ducks came over to play a game of chicken as well. Brown Dog has a penchant for digging holes and it is always a gamble over there.

There is something about that duck I respect. You can see the crazy gleam in her eye. What should I name her?

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a community leader, urban farmer, and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. He might know a guy...

58 thoughts on “Brothers Campfire Independence, Courage, and a Smidgen of Crazy

  1. Lookoom says:

    I like the way she comes to challenge Brown Dog, having realised that the barrier was protecting her. As long as it holds, maybe he’ll fall under her power.

  2. KT Workman says:

    I like Minerva, the Roman goddess of war and courage…and other things as well.

    1. Benjamin says:

      That has a nice ring to it, KT Workman. I can see it now, “All Rise! Minerva, Leader of the Willow Manor Ducks approaches!”

      1. KT Workman says:

        When you described her personality, the name immediately jumped to my mind for your steely-eyed lady. 😊

        1. Benjamin says:

          Ha ha! When I get a chance to band her, It may be a dead ringer!

    2. Willow Croft says:

      That’s what I was thinking…a name of a warrior goddess. I like it. Or after a pirate like Anne Bonny, Mary Read, or Grace O’Malley. LOL

    1. Benjamin says:

      That is a solid-sounding name. I may get this one a band so I know who she is. There may be several that take turns being ornery.

      1. Beverly says:

        Great, sounds like a good plan.

  3. Cassa Bassa says:

    I am glad that you documented her behaviour and the fence egg laying event. She is like a Rebel but in a good way.

    1. Benjamin says:

      Ha ha! I agree! Sorry for the late reply, I was out camping.

    1. Benjamin says:

      Oh, got it! I am trying to learn Australian πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 😺😸

          1. Benjamin says:

            I was not aware, way cool! It is amazing how much I have learned at the Campfire. It is fortunate for me that I saved you a seat!

    1. Benjamin says:

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
      I like it. Sorry for the late response Sarah, I was out in the mountains camping.

        1. Benjamin says:

          I did Sarah. It was good to be outside on nature for a few days.

    1. Benjamin says:

      Thank you, Hao Hao, I appreciate that you said that. It makes me happy.

      My apologies for the late reply, I was out in the mountains camping and did not have service.

  4. Terveen Gill says:

    That’s what she probably gives you.
    Great post as always. πŸ™‚

  5. -Eugenia says:

    I like the attitude of your brave duck. I would name her Della Duck, after the 2017 Disney animated TV series, Duck Tales.

    1. Benjamin says:

      It can be! It is also scary because I do not wish for her to get hurt.

  6. douryeh says:

    Minerva; Xantippe; Nina Hagen; Elisabeth; Margaret πŸ†

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