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  1. Hello, Duckies!

    November 20, 2014 by Faith

    Hello, fellow Bloggers!

    Ducks. What do you think of when you hear the word? Comical, yellow ducks, or green-headed Mallards? Well, when I hear the word ducks I think of…my two ADORABLE White Call ducks!

    Seuss digging for food

    Seuss digging for food

    They are named Seuss and Dahlia, after my two favourite children’s books authors, Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl. Suess is a boy, and Dahlia is a girl. Though she’s small, Dahlia is VERY LOUD. She’ll complain about things with a series of huge quacks that you can hear all the way across the yard! I’ve kind of learned to distinguish a “Alarm!” quack from a “Hey! Where do you think you’re going?” quack. We were originally going to get two boys, because they’re much quieter (Seuss himself can only do a small, raspy quack), but the woman that we bought them from didn’t have enough boys to give us two,  so we got a surprise when she showed us a girl! But she has saved herself (and Seuss) from a mink before with her giant quacks, and she is now a wonderful addition to the family.

    They’re a little hard to tell apart, but here’s a guide:

    Seuss has:

    • A slightly curled tail (hard to see)
    • A lazy wing
    • He’s a little bigger

    Dahlia has:

    • A smaller, smoother back
    • She’s a bit smaller
    • Can’t really see her wings (they’re there!)

    That should help when you look at the pictures!

    Dahlia in her bath

    Dahlia in her bath

    You may notice that Dahlia’s preening a lot. Since I’ve only had them a few months, I’m not sure if it’s because she’s still moulting, or because she just really likes to preen.  I saw quite a lot of feathers the first week!
    Taking care of ducks is a big responsibility. I have to get up at 7:15 every day (even on weekends!) to let them out, but that doesn’t mean I can’t fall back asleep right after I get back inside. I also have to change their water every morning, which normally isn’t that big of a hassle…except when the hose freezes. Then I have to use a big, 2-Gallon bucket to fill it up, which means that a few trips from the kitchen sink to the backyard are in order. And that bucket isn’t exactly filled with feathers! Another thing I have to do is clean out their house. There’s a lot more wood shavings than it looks like in there, and we filled up an entire garbage bag the last time!

    Each of the ducks have their special quirks. Dahlia is kind of bossy, she will push poor Seuss out of the way to get into the pool first, but she loves to be held and stroked. Once she even fell asleep on me! Seuss is much quieter, but her is constantly “chittering” to Dahlia. Chittering is kind of hard to describe, it’s a little like a cat purr, but much less constant and more bubbly and higher-pitched. One thing that they both have in common is that they can’t bear to be without each other , even for a few seconds. If you, say, pick up Dahlia and carry her across the yard, Seuss will panic and start quacking as loud as he is able, and if you put her down, either she will run to Seuss or vice versa.

    Thank you for reading to the end, if you did, because I know that this was a much longer post than usual. Do you have any more questions about these ducks? Do you have ducks of your own? What would you name your ducks, if you had them? Get back to me in a comment!

    Happy blogging!
    Faith

    Photo Credit: Myself, Faith

     


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