A sad day on the farm

Picture of a yellow duck

Yesterday was a sad day at Pukeatua Farmstay. We had to say goodbye to Peekie, our female Buff Orpington Duck.

She was all well the night before and in the morning we found her in a corner of the duck run. She must have died overnight.

The bite marks on her neck could indicate rats, stoats or ferrets. Maybe time to invest into some traps.

We buried her in the bank not too far away from Trever, one of our rescue ducks.

Rescue or resident ducks?

Over the last couple of weeks several female Mallard ducks have been released back into freedom. The two which we released two weeks ago have turned into a permanent resident feature.

Closeup view of a frizzle hen sitting in a wooden nisting box

Cuckoo style eggs

Contrary to Honky, our frizzle hen Fluffy has been broody for several weeks and been sitting on no eggs – chicken brains are funny. So we decided we give it a go and shoved the three duck eggs under her. She’s been a happy chicken now for two weeks and very protective on top.

4 Mellard ducks plus male and femals Paradise duck in the paddock next to a concrete water trough

Ducks teaming up

A few times in a row I have now been observing them in the paddock in the morning, making their way up the hill back to the house.
Down at the pond or on their way up they must have met our resident paradise ducks.

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