A noisy introduction to Brood6

May 21st, 2013         1 comment

When I found this hen, she was giving the nearby geese a quack lashing for being so close to her newborn ducklings

She's a pal of mine. She brought her ducklings to me to introduce them. She didn't tell me their names though.When I discovered Brood6 at the north end of the pond last evening, she was giving the Canada geese a quack lashing because they were too close to her newly born ducklings (above). Once she recognized me, she brought the kids to meet me. We’re old friends and she’s ahead of schedule by two days. Last year, she hatched Brood5 on May 22nd. There were ten in that brood but only nine in this year’s.

She discovered her brood liked the duck chow so she consistently brought them right up to my feet so I’d feed them. I’m sure she’ll do that again with this brigade. The grass is covered with willow catkins and the duckling were picking through it. I don’t know if they eat the seeds or are finding things to eat under them. They are too young to swallow duck chow pellets.

She settled down and helped the kids find things to eat in the willow catkin covered lawn

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