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Chick-Duck Survives!!!

June 9, 2010

Greetings, Dear Reader.

Well the baby chicken that hatched from under a duck, affectionately known in these parts as “Chick-Duck” (originally written about here) had a harrowing experience last night.  He was hanging out with his mallard buddies around the kiddie pool…

Kiddie pool serving as duck pond

The duck pond corner of the chicken pen

When the wife and son went out around dusk to collect eggs, they found Chick-Duck soaking wet, and shivering. Their quick thinking probably saved Chick-Duck’s little life, as it got downright chilly last night.  They brought the soaked and shivering little fellow into the barn, and put him in the enclosure with the younger ducklings and put a heat lamp on for him.

We figure that he just wanted to have as much fun as his duck buddies, so he jumped into the pool, then had a hard time getting out.  Hypothermia probably set in.  So the heat lamp and being in out of the wind was a good thing.

Chick-Duck and his new roommates

Chick-Duck and his new roommates

In the photo above, Chick-Duck is reunited with his nest-mates.  The big kid ducks that he used to hang out with (apparently) just play a little too rough.

Mallard ducks splashing in pond

Mallard ducks in pond

The branches over the pool are there to interfere with avian predators.  Hawks and owls and even eagles can swoop down on unsuspecting poultry and ruin their weekend.

I am happy to report that Chick-Duck is doing fine, and has been accepted by the little ducks.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 10:37 am

    Chick duck is so cute!

  2. anonymous permalink
    June 14, 2010 8:58 pm

    So cute indeed, but will the chick-duck have trouble later, when it wants to fly like the rest of the ducks? Not that Freud’s identity disorders go as far as farm animals.

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      June 15, 2010 2:34 am

      Well, Anon, the chick-duck is a new phenomenon around here. He (not even sure about it’s sex) is hanging with the ducks, who are all hanging together, in the fenced pasture with the laying hens. But he has been shying away from the swimming pool, thank goodness!

  3. Pam permalink
    June 16, 2010 12:45 am

    Beautiful Pics. Glad I got to see the chick-duck in person.

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