The Muscovy Ducks

“Hey, you guys want some ducks?”, Ken asked. “My friends lives in town and is getting in trouble with his, so he’s wondering if he can give some to you.”

Hmm. Mikey and I talked it over, I mean, ducks. We never really thought about them, but why not, right? We like duck meat, after all. So, without really looking more into it than that, we got ourselves 6 Muscovy ducks.

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We really didn’t expect much besides them being perhaps somewhat interesting creatures who would enjoy our small pond?

20150925-IMG_3026We definitely didn’t expect them to fly on over to the defunct solar panels and hang out!

20150925-IMG_3028We had NO IDEA that these types of ducks hang out on lower ground during the day. They enjoy water, but in moderation. They like hanging out on the roof. And they sleep in tall trees.

20151004-_DSC7876-2 20150927-_DSC7720-2 20150927-_DSC7716-2 20150927-_DSC7712-2Watching them is endlessly amusing

20151004-_DSC7879-2 20151004-_DSC7874They are pretty fearless. The kids walk on up and try and chase them and stuff, but the ducks just shrug. Wag their tails. And yes, ducks really wag their tails!

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