Here at Willow Manor Urban Farm, we are waiting patiently for 14 Khaki Cambell ducks and a male goose. They are due May 11th, and we are excited for the arrival! I currently have an African goose, and four ducks, two of them males, otherwise known as drakes. With a healthy (and expensive) diet, they have been quite productive.
While the males are not particularly profitable and eat a lot, the ladies enjoy the company for the most part. In my observations, the female will jump in the water and splash everywhere, then stop and give a drake one of those ” sly looks.”
This typically happens when the water is very fresh.
I have noticed that when the ducks are not “making sport” with one another, they are more productive. I separated the boys from the girls and egg production skyrocketed. Fights in the yard became nonexistant and the drakes started talking politics and fishing. Occasionally, they looked at the ladies, but they were worried about other duck related concerns.
To gain the perspective of the female ducks during this period of separation, I consulted an expert to assist me in writing what one of my girl ducks was really thinking. ….
I present to you a short entry from the diary of a female duck. Enjoy!
“Little things mean alot to me right now. Like being able to clean up all my down because I have enough space. I can fluff my nest. I can prepare for dinner and make food without worrying if it is my kitchen time and waiting for “him” to finish. “
“It’s awesome that I have privacy to use the bathroom and have enough space for my girly stuff. I can keep the water clean and see my reflection. A girl has needs.”
“I’ve lived without little normal things so long. I was forgetting what “normal” was. I felt sick last week but I realized I wasn’t eating. I was too anxious. I feel better now. I got healthy food. Lots of veggies 🙂 “
Thanks for reading! Be sure to give a shout out to the female duck who shared her innermost thoughts! Have a beautiful day!