Sunday, April 17, 2011

Buff Ducks

Last spring we purchased 8 Buff Duck day old ducklings from McMurray Hatchery. I had seen the full grown ducks at the PA Farm Show the January prior and thought they were a pretty duck. Turns out the American Breed Concervancy (for protection of farm animals) has the Buff Ducks in their list too. That clinched it! Over the summer we lost 3 (all in one night) to a fox attack, leaving us with a total if 5. 1 male and 4 females. They females started laying eggs about a month ago, and we started gathering and putting them into the incubator. Yesterday the first 2 hatched and are now in the incubator! At the same time, one of the female ducks has been seen for very brief periods each day, and we watch her go into a huge pile of brush, gathered by Troop 792 when they visited the farm. Homer speculates she is sitting on a nest. We look forward to the day she shows off her babies!!

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