Friday, May 25, 2012
Pigs are brilliant. Horses are smart enough. Ducks are dumber than a bag of socks.
Ducklings, however, are adorable and cannot be held responsible for their parents indiscretions.
The above mama duck is also a thief.
She hatched out a few ducklings, another mama hatched a few and another mama hatched a few more. The next day we see mama ducks with NO babies and this Harlot with ALL the babies!
Perhaps she is part social worker and felt the need to intervene. Perhaps she is a Day Care Duck and is merely watching the babes while the other mamas go to work.
Last year Allana swears (not really, she doesn't swear) that this same Mother Duck had only one chick and she was so lonely she went after all the other babies this year.
Either way, she is causing trouble on the farm. Feelings of working duck guilt and egg hatching incompetence abound. Some reverse theivery is also occuring. I saw two ducklings under the wing of one of our Red Wattles. An adoption in progress or pre-heating a future meal? Hard to tell.