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Dilly – A Good Duck

Dilly the Duck

Today is a sad day. It started out lovely with ice out on the sunny side of the pond. The ducks, Dilly, Quackers, Peep and Squeak enjoyed a first spring … Continue reading

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Spring Arrives in Maine

Given the unseasonable beautiful weather we’ve been blessed with as of late, the first full day of spring was a rude beginning. A month since we had any measurable snowfall … Continue reading

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Ice Out

Ice out on the pond was last Sunday, March 13th. It seems that after two months of frozen water, the ducks had forgotten all about it. They are definitely creatures … Continue reading

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Open for the Season!

Arriving home from work this afternoon I marveled at what a week of warm weather has done. The pond is half melted, and the snow around one edge has disappeared. … Continue reading

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A Good Mud Puddle

Today felt like Spring! Sixty and sunny, the ducks got some supervised play time outside their house. I guess you could call them puddle ducks as they were having a … Continue reading

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Dilly, One Annoyed Duck

Did you know that ducks are great complainers? Dilly is broody and unfortunately she’s made her nest by the pond and not in the duck house. She religiously sits on … Continue reading

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An Uncooperative Broody Duck

We have another broody duck. Peep is sitting on a cluck of eggs in the duck house. Now Dilly has joined the hopeful building a nest near the pond. She’s … Continue reading

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My Broody Girls

Meet Peep. She’s a one-year-old Pekin duck, born in our incubator last spring. She is broody and seems to be doing a good job at sticking to her nest. The … Continue reading

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Winter Ducks

Not? long ago, Janet emailed and asked how the ducks were fairing this winter – that I hadn’t mentioned them lately. Well, Janet, winter is definitely not their favorite season, … Continue reading

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Introducing the Ducklings

The ducklings spent the last few days in a play yard outdoors becoming familiar with the other farm critters. Today, we introduced Peep and Squeak to the rest of flock. … Continue reading

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Adventure to the Big Pond

Peep and Squeak are finally getting out of the brooder and experiencing the great outdoors. We put the big ducks in their run early and let the babies explore alone. … Continue reading

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Wandering Ducks

The ducks have provided lots of inspiration for posts lately. Broody ducks, cute ducks, new ducks. No ducks. That’s what I found when I arrived home – no ducks. Nada. … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Dip

The baby ducks started out with a basic chick waterer. I wanted to give them a waterer where they could dunk their heads, but keep things as dry as possible. … Continue reading

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Meet Peep and Squeak!

Hannah named the first ducklings to hatch at Downeast Thunder Farm “Peep” and “Squeak”. Here they are taking their first swim in my bathtub! They are the cutest little things.

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A Ducky Mother’s Day

Four weeks ago, we tucked twelve duck eggs into an incubator. For 27 days Paul accepted egg duty and faithfully spritzed and turned the eggs multiple times a day. While … Continue reading

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Dilly in the Lilies

Dilly Duck in the Lillies

Dilly the Duck resting among the lilies – a picture of Spring.

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Two Drakes is One Too Many!

With a flock of four female ducks, two frisky drakes are a bit too much for them. And particularly for Dilly, our physically challenged duck. We are looking for a … Continue reading

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Ducks In a Row

Do you have your ducks in a row? I do. Until a few days ago they had never ventured into the drive, choosing to stick the the area right around … Continue reading

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For the Love of Ducks

Chipping ice on the duck pond

Yesterday morning, Hannah set her alarm for o’dark-thirty. By 6:15 a.m. she was out at the pond chipping away at the ice to make a swimming hole for the ducks. … Continue reading

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First Snow of the Year

Ducks flying into the pond

After yesterday’s rude surprise of a frozen pond, the ducks proceeded with caution on this morning of the first snow. They didn’t race to dive in this morning. Instead, they … Continue reading

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