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July 1, 2011

Farm Ducks, Geese and Variety

It has been a long time since I shared anu duck pictures with you, dear reader.  So sorry.  Ever since I was a boy of 11, I have loved waterfowl- ducks, geese and swans.  The variety of waterfowl native to the Mississippi Flyway is mind boggling. And toss in a few farm ducks and you have got a real identification problem.

Farm Ducks, Geese and Others

So in the above photo, you see the *Homesteaders Variety Pack* which is a potpourri of waterfowl of the supplier’s choice.  It is a discount package where they pick the 7 ducks and 2 geese (and 7 turkeys, not shown) and you don’t get any idea what species the cute little birds are, until they grow up and you kinda figger it out.

 
So being a forty-some year veteran duck hunter, and ex-waterfowl identification instructor, I can tell you with confidence that two of the ducks in the photo are mallards.  Some are Pekins, or maybe Giant Pekins.  And then, well, you tell me.  One little ducky is nearly all black, with a greenish hue.  And the geese?  Hah!

They are sensitive to a lot of movement, and are *Fleeing*

 One goose is a grey sucker.  The other goose is all white, with a pinkish bill.  They have hilarious non-duck voices.  This was their first day outside the barn, and you see them in the old pig pen.  We filled the wallow up with water, and these birds took to the water, and jsut loved it.  Anyway, these were some of the photos that Wifey e-mailed to me, so I am sharing them with you.  After a chance to review the catalog I may have better identification on those other birds.
 
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2011 11:00 am

    That is a nice collection. Cayuga ducks are black with green a hue. Could you have one of those?

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      July 3, 2011 12:55 pm

      Well, 2browndawgs, you DO know your ducks. I went back to the catalog, read through the descriptions, and YES, that little black quacker IS a Cayuga. When one gets just the right angle for viewing, Cayuga-duck has a wonderful green sheen to its black plumage.

      • July 9, 2011 1:48 pm

        Actually I know Google. :) Plus I vaguely remember seeing some of those ducks years ago at a couple of fairs. I remember their unique coloring compared to the other domesticated ducks.

        Too bad about your lost ducks.

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