A few mother ducks did disappear a few weeks ago and we thought that was suspicious. We found one of them sitting on a pile of eggs under the house in the haystack but the other we could not find.

Today Monty revealed her secret and what a cute fluffy surprise that was.

Waddling behind her in the paddock were 12 little ducklings. So the official count of ducks at or place is now 36.

And we are still waiting for Freddy to show up with her bunch of fluffballs.

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All at Pukeatua Farmstay wishing you a lovely and relaxed time and a Happy New 2021. May it bring prosperity and happiness.

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Time of the year again: Ducks, ducks, ducks

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While a few of last year’s rescue ducks have returned sporadically throughout the year, they now seem to be returning in larger numbers and bringing their boy friends along.

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