Mean Ducks & May Flowers
Here on Maynard’s Farm we have a problem with Mean
Girls Ducks. Long story short, when we bought our Ancona ducks they were sold as a “package”. This package included 5 ducks, two hens and three drakes. Yes, yes, I know. It does not matter the animal, NEVER have more males than females. BUT, they were a package. That means it was all or nothing.
However, when we bought the ducks the girl we bought them from told us that she was not sure of the sex of one of them. So, this duck was named… Biquacky. Biquacky is brown and white as opposed to the others being black and white.
Biquacky is on the left and the drake who’s name has left me is on the right below:
So basically, from day 1, he has always been different.
A few months ago the other four ducks teamed up and started picking on Biquacky. He is our “odd man out”. Yes, he is a male. We know that now. He was just a late bloomer.
The other ducks are always jumping on him, pecking at him, and attacking him in the water and on land. Poor Biquacky…no where is safe. He is even missing feathers on his neck now from the abuse. Darkwing, our largest drake is probably to blame.
POOR GUY! 🙁
I feel like I have the farm version of Mean Girls going on. I have to stand by him while he eats or the others won’t let him. I videoed them coming in last night. Like I said, Mean Girls in duck form. I am hoping when all of our ducklings are bigger all of this will change.
Speaking of, we have only 15 of the 18 left :(. We lost all three drakes! I think we are having a rough year for males on Maynard’s Farm. We lost Traveller, our only buck, Justin got pancreatitis, Biquacky is getting abused, our three drake ducklings died, and Hercules got hit by a car. Yea, I forgot to mention that. He’s alive…don’t bring out the tissues. It happened this week. We have NO idea how or where he got out. Luckily, his back leg is just a little banged up. Nothing major and I think (hope!) he has learned his lesson. He sure is moping around like he did. I do believe his pride is injured.
How can you not feel bad for that face?
Hopefully Biquacky will fit in when all the other hens move out to the pond. Sadly, that is many months away.
A few positive things:
Hebe took not one but TWO selfies with me. This. Is. Big. I love this girl but she is not much for cuddling.
And…she posed for a picture!
Isn’t she beautiful?
Also, it is May!
And that means things are starting to bloom! However, I have a black thumb. It makes me so sad! I came home yesterday and saw this!
I don’t know what it is but it doesn’t look like the weeds I have growing. So maybe this is an actual flower! 😀 Hopefully I won’t kill it.
My sweet mama bought me these!
I am hoping these are little signs our luck is turning around! Until next time my mean ducks and I will be holding down the farm!