"For ridiculing you earlier, I apologize...."

(Ten points to the person who can name that movie quote without googling....)

Yes, it's true, I owe my ducks an apology.  In the past, I have stated that they are free loaders.  I may even have called them dirty drunks, come to think of it.  I was apparently mistaken.

Very early this month, Tori and Ingrid (formerly Our Ladies of Bountiful Egg Production) just stopped.  Some combination of molt and shortening daylight hours told their little biological clocks to shut down for the Winter, and we haven't had an egg from either of them in weeks.  

But did this deter the ducks and Alanis?  Nay!  The four of them laid on, and have done it so well, in fact, that we're still getting enough eggs to feed ourselves and various and sundry others.  Way to pick up the slack little quackers!

This month's numbers....

  • Ingrid: 1
  • Tori: 3
  • Alanis: 17
  • Macy: 26
  • Kaki and Ella: 27
  • Mystery Chicken: 3
  • Mystery Duck: 3
  • TOTAL: 77

Alas, we are into the season where I go to work and come home in the dark, so I cannot offer you a picture of the wee egg layers.  I poke in on them every evening, but they're almost always completely asleep. In lieu of that, however, a funny story as relayed by our favorite pet sitter who had charge of the girls over Thanksgiving....

Apparently, it got cold enough during the night that, on Thanksgiving morning, our poultry waterers had frozen over.  When Favorite Pet Sitter let the ladies out of their coop, the ducks ran towards the water, like they do, and were much distressed to discover that it was not, in fact, in liquid form.  Such a fun thing to think about, really--they've never experienced ice before.  I can't wait to see how they react to snow!  

(And thankfully, at the first tinge of Fall, I bought them a heated waterer--no breaking ice this winter for me!)