Daisy is a mallard duck.We have 4 mallards here on the farm and she is the one and only female and she is like a queen,the 3 boys follow her around quacking their constant affection for her. Daisy is a rebel! She wouldn't stay in the chicken yard with it vast amounts of grass, food, water and shelter! She would find a way out every day and sometimes bring a boy or two with her. I would stalk her to find out her escape places....she is smart that Daisy, she knew I was watching and would not reveal here secrete places! I got a few places I thought might be her "escape tunnels" closed off and that kept her entourage in but not Daisy! I finally gave up and began calling her Crazy Daisy and telling her everyday, as she quacked around the farm, that something was going to eat her if she wasn't careful!
Daisy always came up at night to the coop to rejoin her boys to their quacks of delight. Then one evening no Daisy....well.I figured she had been eaten. Then she showed up.... and would disappear again...I knew she had gone broody. I tried to find her nest so I could move her to the safety of the coop because nothing survives the nights out side the coop here! Crazy Daisy was smart..no matter how long I watched she wasn't about to reveal the location of her nest! Every time I would see her it was a pleasant surprise....I always figured each time would be the last.....Then a couple of days ago I finally figure where she was! She wasn't out in the weeds or the creek where I had brave the poison ivy and chiggers to look for her! She was right up here by the goats in a secret tunnel under the hay! Well,I figured she had made it this long so it must be pretty safe there and just left her be. Yesterday evening me and Hubby were putting up all the critters and here comes Crazy Daisy with 6 cute little babies in tow waiting at the gate of the chicken yard to go back in for the night!
I put her in one of the smaller coops with her babies until they get a little size on them...we have a lot of predators..so I want them to get big enough to have a fighting chance!
I guess Daisy isn't so crazy after all !