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RE: Photos of Lady Chatsworth


They sure are darling and I really enjoyed the photos.  

How warm is the area where Peepers has her nest?  Not being an expert, I
wonder if the area has been warm enough, might you be able to get an
incubator to put the eggs into?  Of course, someone would have to "distract"
Ms. Peepers with protecting the ducklings, first.  Mothering doesn't come
with a manual and much of it is learned by observation and trial and error.
She obviously has a strong maternal instinct, but isn't sure where to direct
that energy.  Perhaps watching the duck family will help her become the
mother she wants to be.

Ms. Izzie was such a good momma, I imagine, only because she watched
daughter Tzeitel's Kira care for her litter.   

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Jesse Bell
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 9:24 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Photos of Lady Chatsworth

Most of the ducks we have are Muscoveys. They come in different colors.
Some are white, some are black, some are brown...this momma ended up
gray...and we have some that are mottled. So it is not unusual for the
babies to be different looking. Because we have 3 ponds, we bought these
ducks because they are known mosquito eaters and they eat BUGS like crazy.

   
I was talking with my husband last night...and told him that I feared
Peepers has abandoned her nest (two weeks before they are due to hatch) to
take care of these ducklings. She is young. It's her first year sitting.
We've had guineas do the same thing. The first year they lay eggs, then go
off and leave them. The next year they hatch 20 of them.
Maybe next year Ms. Chatsworth will lay eggs where there is no other "mommy"
laying eggs. She got so excited when the duckling hatched...she just forgot
about hers!

  

Cathy Carpenter <cathy.c@insightbb.com> wrote:
  How come the ducklings all look different?

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On May 4, 2006, at 11:41 AM, Jesse Rene Bell wrote:

> Photos of Lady Chatsworth
> Here are some photos I took last night of Momma Duck and her 
> babies...and Peepers coming to the "rescue".
> http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/silverhawk@flash.net/album?.dir=/
> 89e8re2&.src=ph&.tok=phAXN0EBNNKe.hS5
>
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