Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crazy Daisy has Babies

 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 !

18 comments:

the wild magnolia said...

Yup! Crazy Daisy isn't so crazy after all! She's crazy like a fox. She's a single Mom. She's part of the homestead. She's a woman of independent means, with a little help from her friends. :)

Happy Day & Night!

goatgirl said...

Now that's cute.

Teresa said...

She is a smart Daisy with very cute babies.

Julia said...

Now I think you can call her Crazy Smart!

Nice to see ducklings. I love all the fury and fuzzy critters, what can I say?

Texan said...

oh my gosh they are so cute!!! Daisy looks like she is smiling with pride in that second photo!!! Look at my babies!!! So cool!

Sharon said...

Oh, how cute! Couldn't you just eat 'em up! (Not literally though!)

Tina said...

I love baby ducks, they are the cutest!

Pricilla said...

A mama always knows how to protect her ducklings!

wayside wanderer said...

Totally love that last picture with her beak open. And her cute little ducklings are adorable. This story would make a great picture book. :D

Lin said...

Oh, she is crazy CUTE with all those babies!! What a joyful find you got there!! I'm glad she is a smart mommy.

Foothills Poultry said...

Those Crazy mothers are the best around.

~~Matt~~

polly's path said...

How precious!!!! You may have to change her nickname now.

Doc said...

Soooo cute! Last year we had seven rescued Mallard ducklings that the Police brought us to care for after the hen was killed by a train. We had such a hard time trying not to bond with them so we could release them back to the wild. Great story.

LindaG said...

She was probably quite safe with the goats. That's great! Congratulations on your new additions! :)

Daisy looks quite satisfied with herself. ;)

Have a great weekend!

Ruralrose said...

Wonderful post, you really do have a meaningful life carved out. Peace

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

mallard ducklings mature so much faster than domestic ducklings........ sweet!!

goatmilker said...

They are so cute. That is by far my favorite baby animal on the farm. Have a great night. Rebekah

Kelly said...

They are SO cute! I want ducks! We just don't have a shelter for them and have predators here too. Do you have geese also? How 'bout turtles? I want 'em all!