DukeBirth date: Sep 7, 2018 Rescue date: Sep 7, 2018 Favourite Food: Millet Best friend: “Duchess is my princess”
It takes just one person to make a difference in the life of an animal, or in this case 7 little ducklings. We got a call from a neighbour concerned about baby ducks and chickens on what appeared to be an abandoned property. We went to investigate, and we agree that the place looked abandoned and there was no food or clean water in sight for the birds left behind. In fact, what was supposed to be a duck pond would be better described as a cess pool.
The 7 little babies were gathered up into a crate and made their way to our farm. Immediately given shelter in our barn, food, clean water and a baby pool. They were understandably very timid and stayed glued to each other as a large fluffy white mass of feathers. Each with their own distinctive head markings, but didn’t stay still long enough for us to figure out who was who.
At first, we didn’t think we could find room for them at the farm, but we kept our fingers crossed that we could figure something out. Volunteers Amber and Shawn came to the rescue and the Waddle Inn was built.
The 7 ducks quickly grew (they are bred as meat birds) and completely changed their head markings. It was fascinating to watch the flock dynamics play out. At first it was Duchess leading the way until Duke grew in size and stature. This makes so much sense for birds that have an innate instinct as prey animals. Duke grew red Muscovy markings on his face. We’re sure these markings are as unique as snowflakes, but they are very difficult to distinguish between Duke and Arthur. We are very lucky to learn from such a regal bird.