A New Adventure

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My cute handyman.

Jim would hate that I took his picture and called him “cute” but he doesn’t read my blog so he’s never gonna find out! He finally let me put the sign in the yard. I’ve been begging for a month, but he said he had lots of work to do on the house first so I was just going to have to wait. Our plan is to sell Old Yeller where we’ve lived for 10 years, move into the Pink House, while we build the Green House. The new house will be small and efficient for two old folks entering their mid-fifties and who are sick and tired of spending every weekend on yard work!

We’ve loved living in our sweet yellow house but we want to design and build just one more. Hannah always said we should do it again and she was looking forward to helping us with ideas (if not actual labor) 🙂

 

So here we go! Wish us luck. I’m super happy and excited and Mr. Scrooge is very worried and stressed. Opposites do indeed attract. 🙂

Wade

Wade started to get lethargic on Friday. By Saturday he had stopped eating. When I put him in his pool he just bobbed and floated. He made no effort to splash and swim. I made an appointment for him with Dr. G at 10:00 am. He died at 9:15.

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When we realized he was failing, we put him in a box with a towel and some water and tried to get him to drink. He lost his balance and couldn’t stand up so Jim kept putting his little beak in the bowl but he just wouldn’t drink. Finally we decided to leave him alone and stop trying to get him to drink or stand up. We watched with our hands on him while he took some labored breathes and then just went to sleep. Jim buried him in our pet cemetery next to Buster. I didn’t have a duck memorial, so I took one of my animals from my childhood collection for his marker. It’s very tiny and cute, like him.

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Later, the mama duck and her three babies came up for some corn. I’m almost certain that this was Wade’s family but I wasn’t able to reunite them.

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I lose animals a lot, and it never gets easy. It’s especially hard when they’re young and never really got a chance to live. But we tried our best and that’s all any of us can do. We will miss him a lot. He was three weeks old.

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The day he came to live with us.

Thanks for the visits and kindness from my very special neighbors. Deb

Duck Amok!

I did a really dumb thing this morning. My neighbor Brenda told me she had seen a mama duck and some babies, that looked about the size of Wade, swimming in the lake in front of my house. I was hoping to see them too and try to get him to go join their little family. So this morning, I saw them swimming around near my house. The babies looked slightly smaller than him but that’s understandable since he’s been eating fortified chick food. I felt positive that he belonged with them, so I made a plan for a reunion.

BIG MISTAKE!

I got him from his pen in my back yard and walked slooooowly toward the mama and babies. At first they were calm and I was hopeful that I could put Wade in the grass and he would run to them in slow motion with touching music playing in the background just like a Lifetime movie. Nope. The duck family turned and ran toward the water. Wade ran toward them and got in the lake but he didn’t swim. He just hovered around the shore looking confused.

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Why did they run away?

I knew I wasn’t going to get in that alligator-infested water to catch him so I got on my phone and asked for help on my neighborhood FB page. Meanwhile two giant fish started swimming toward him and I was ready to watch a horrible scene unfold in front of me! Fortunately the fish scared Wade and he scrambled out of the water onto the shore. Whew! But he was still in danger since he was all alone and I couldn’t catch him by myself. Soon a friend (JoAnne) drove by and I flagged her down. We kept him from running away from us but we still couldn’t catch him. Soon a neighbor (Rex) came flying up on his golf cart with a fishing net! Jim had not gone to work yet and I called him to help as well. He was trying to throw a beach towel over him. Between all four of us we had success!

 

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Rex to the rescue!

We put him back in his pen with his baby pool and all seems fine now. I hope his adventure didn’t traumatize him too much. While he was in the water he did seem to be enjoying himself, paddling around, pecking and grass and bugs. But he’s too young to be out there alone, so I’m not going to try any more reunions for a while.

I need to mention that shortly after he was rescued, several neighbors kept coming up with nets to try to help me catch him. I continued thanking everyone who showed up until it was clear that they had seen my new post that he had been saved. What a place we live in. What wonderful, kind folks surround us.  Thanks Waters pals. Wade sends Quacky gratitude.

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Can I just live here PWEASE?

Yes, Wade. No one will object if you live here. You are NOT a “poultry”. Is he? 😦

 

Wade in the Shade

Wade has graduated from my screened porch to the back yard. He has the coop for shelter and shade and the dog fencing for running around in the sunshine (or rain) plus a big “pool” to splash around in.

 

Meanwhile children and adults young and old flock to my yard to pet my sweet duckling.

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Two cuties

I’ve given up trying to tame him. He’s a wild animal and he’s having none of it. I think chasing him and holding him is doing more harm than good, so I just admire him from afar. It will be about six more weeks until I can determine if he’s a boy or a girl. Meanwhile I’ll just call him “he” until I know. Come by anytime to visit. I’m having more fun than a crazy lady should be allowed.

…And They Just Keep Coming

Here’s a little video of Wade enjoying his pool.

Wade has attracted visitors like no other pet I’ve ever fostered. There are four children in the Pink House this week and they came by for a Ducky experience yesterday afternoon.

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Oh Joy!

More of the Cofer ladies paid visits to my new little friend as well.

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I’m stealing those shades Vivy!

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Matriarch Brenda, & newest granddaughter Drew.

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And my friend and pet-sitter Caroline.

They do grow ’em purty in this family!

May pal Kim came by too after checking on our buddy Aflac.

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Rowdy was on hand to supervise Wade’s first swimming lessons.

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No Wowdy, he does not need you to get in the pool with him!

So Ducking Cute!

Shortly after we got Wade settled, one of my neighbors brought a lone duck egg he found on the shore. (Thanks, Steve) It was obviously not in a nest and there was no way to tell where to put it back. I thought I could try to incubate it with my heat lamp but first I candled it to see if there was a duck in it. Nope. It was unfertilized. So guess what? I ate it! It was delicious! Before I did though, I took a picture of it beside a chicken egg. We get our eggs from Jack & Linda Jackson. They have a chicken farm and their eggs are 100 times better than anything you can buy in a store. But look at the difference between a duck egg and a chicken egg!!!

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Huge yolks that sit up almost an inch and BRIGHT orange.

If you’ve never tried a duck egg I highly recommend it. They’re also great to bake with and taste richer thank a chicken egg. If you find one near the lake give it a try.  JUST MAKE SURE THERE’S NO DUCK IN IT FIRST!

Wade is growing and getting cuter by the minute. All of the kitties have met him and some are more interested than others.

 

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Can I just have a little taste?

Yesterday I filled my backyard pool and Wade took it for a little spin.

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Tiny baby duck in a great big pool!

He’s actually too little to be doing this since he hasn’t learned how to spread oil on his feathers, so I just let him splash around for about 5 minutes while I stood guard. Eventually he got the hang of it and executed some pretty fancy dives! I have a much smaller kiddie pool that will suit him better. I’ll try to take some video of his antics later this week.

The lovely ladies swarm the house when I have cute foster creatures and this time is no different.

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Miss Brenyn-Neighbor, friend, Pink House assistant and pet-sitter extraordinaire!

As with all my foster babies, I introduced Wade to Mr. Mulder. This old man has seen his share of baby kitties, chickens and bunnies in his day. Wade enjoyed his soft fur and Mulder let him waddle around on his back for a while. Then Tony started to look a bit interested so we put the tasty little duckling back in his brooder.

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Are you my mommy?

I think this little guy is gonna be fine. Come by anytime to play. In a few months we may be able to introduce him to his ducky friends on the lake.  Meantime, I’m having more fun than an old lady should be allowed to have. 🙂

Lucky Ducky

The last time I posted an original KittyBunnyChicken was April! I guess nothing “blogworthy” has happened here lately but I do have a good one today!

The story begins with two little girls playing at the neighborhood pool. Miss Kyleigh & Miss Sylvia were having a fun day splashing around in the sunshine when they noticed a tiny creature struggling at the edge of the pool. Kyleigh’s grandpop came to the rescue and scooped out a little duck who had been separated from his family. (Thanks Bruce) Who ya gonna call? Me, of course! Still sweaty from mowing the yard, I leaped on my mighty steed (golf cart) and raced to the pool to save the little guy.

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Peep peep peep

He was certainly no more than 24 hours out of the shell and he was soaking wet. I asked (ordered) my assistant (Jim) to go into the storage closet and get all my chicken brooder supplies and make a habitat for my new pet while I zoomed off to Tractor Supply (still sweaty) and got some food for him. By the time I got home, the little guy was dry and toasty under the heat lamp and he had fresh water in his cage. We filled the chick feeder with baby duck food and tried to stick his beak in the water and food several times for him to get the message on how to eat.

It took a few hours for him to get the message but soon he was drinking and eating and running around with lots of energy and noise. Soon the two young ladies who saved him paid a visit to check on the tiny duckling.

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Miss Sylvia

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Miss Kyleigh

These beauties have been visiting the Burlingame Kitty Bunny Chicken Duck Ranch and Turtle Rehab Center for many years. I have watched them grow from tiny toddlers to lovely young ladies. Both are great animal lovers and I hope my critters have had something to do with that.

I’m looking forward to raising this little guy and having fun with a new pet. How do I know it’s a boy? I don’t. But I named him “Wade” in the meantime. (think about it…) and I’ll choose a girl’s name if the situation changes. I woke up this morning hoping that he had made it through the night and I was happy to hear his sweet little quacks as soon as I opened my eyes.

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My baby “duck” on the wall in the background. 🙂

Come by and meet Wade! The more human interaction he has, the tamer he will be. He’s so soft and sweet. Thank you Kyleigh, Sylvia, Bruce & Wendy for rescuing a helpless animal. I may have to change the blog to KITTYBUNNYCHICKENDUCK!