FernRescue date: Sep 7, 2018 Favourite Food: Millet Best friend: “I’m pretty independent, have a lot of friends”
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. Fern has a beautiful black mark on her head and is known to be the most adventuresome of them all. She nests with Duke and Duchess when she’s not on on her own exploring.