Ducks teaming up

From observation it would appear that our released rescue ducks are moving down into the valley at night and returning back up the hill to the house in the mornings.

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.

This morning they were all teaming up in the paddock and making their way up together.

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.

Earthpile in the green grass

A sad day on the farm

Today was a sad day at Pukeatua Farmstay. We had to say goodbye to Peekie, our female Buff Orpington Duck. She was all well last night and this morning we found her in a corner of the duck run. She must have died overnight.

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