Mabel and Maddie Were Fine Ducks

So we lost Maddie and Mabel a couple of weeks ago. Mabel died first in her sleep – since her day was ordinary and she did all her favorite things, I’m assuming it was just old age. Maddie followed a week later, from what I am sure was a broken heart. They were tightly bonded…

Ducklings and Danes: Ducklings Day Out

The ducklings seemed bored today and were managing to get into a bit of trouble inside. So even though it was only in the mid-fifties, I decided some outdoor time would be good for their mental health and mine. Scout got in on the fun and was, as always, very respectful of the boundaries. They…

Ducklings and Danes: Week 3

They are quickly (and everywhere) losing their downy yellow fluff. Their pin feathers aren’t quite filling in yet, so they have some bare pink spots all over.  Especially their wings. They spend a great deal of time out of their crate now. They mostly sleep on their blanket, but they do wander into the kitchen…

Ducklings and Danes Week 2

This has been a big week. They’ve been learning to swim (yes, they kind of have to learn), they’ve spent time running around the house (for enrichment – once the weather is nice, they’ll go outside in their penned area to explore), and their time with the Danes is much more playful and they hold…

Ducklings and Danes Day 2

As promised. More photos and a video: Day 2 was a bit more relaxed, Bixby was content to sleep on the couch, where he could see them if they did something that needed his attention. But for the most, he has adapted to their continued intrusion on his life. Zander on the other hand: Is…