Thursday, April 20, 2017

Duckling Rescue

There's a steady rain falling this morning and the thermometer reads only 38 degrees.  It is COLD outside.  A good morning for spending in my quilt room which is what I was doing.

Papa Pea was upstairs in his office trying to shovel the mess off of what he thinks might be his desk top underneath catching up on some paper work when he looks out into the poultry pasture and sees the very small yellow fuzz ball of a one-day old duckling madly running after any Muscovy duck he can get close to.  The adult ducks seems very perplexed and half afraid of this strange wind-up toy pursuing them.  They're running away from him as fast as they can.

Even the adult geese are curious but pull in their necks when he whizzes by them.

Good grief!  How the heck did this little duckling get out of the chicken house?  He would have had to jump up at least 8" onto and negotiate two separate ramps from where he was hatched yesterday to make his way out-of-doors.

Having done so, the little dummy guy obviously couldn't find his way back into the chicken house and the warm nest where his mother and siblings are.  I think he was frantically chasing after the other ducks thinking they must be his mother.

So what choice did we have but to put on rain gear, find the fishing net and go out to rescue him.  Of course, once in the poultry yard, we couldn't immediately spot him.  Papa Pea was (fearfully) scanning the pond when I saw him under some evergreen trees.


Once caught (and it wasn't easy as the little bugger is fast) he looked no worse for wear.  He wasn't even wet!

As soon as he was put back in the chicken house, he scooted under his mama and is probably taking a long nap right now.


I was hoping to get a picture of some more of the little critters but no one was cooperating in the least bit.  How can she possibly have a dozen (or so) little hatchlings under there?

20 comments:

Rain said...

Oh gosh look at that little fella! Poor him!!! Good thing Papa Pea was looking out the window! I'm sure you're right, he's going to nap the day away, what an adventure! I can't imagine a dozen babies under her! How long is she? Doesn't look too long!

Michelle said...

Glad you caught him before a crow did!

Mama Pea said...

Rain - No, she's not a particularly big duck. Maybe a foot long minus her tail.

Mama Pea said...

Michelle - And we do have crows around, that's for sure!

Kristina said...

Oh my gosh, glad you caught him. It's 38 degrees there? It's 80 here today, and storms.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

Oh boy that must have made your heart race, especially if he could have gotten into some water. Maybe the reason why he was not wet was because he was running so fast? Dried himself off? :)

Susan said...

Never a dull moment! I think you better keep your eye on Mario Andrucky ( I couldn't help myself)....

Mama Pea said...

Kristina - You have 80 degrees there? Wow. Still raining here with intermittent snowflakes!

Mama Pea said...

Mrs. DM - Had to laugh at your explanation as to why he wasn't wet. :o) Could also be that he's a duck. Water off a duck's back and all??

Mama Pea said...

Oh, Susan! That's perfect! Mario Andrucky!! We should have banded him so we could remember which one he is!

Laurie said...

Oh my goodness, cuteness to the nth degree! Wonder if he grows up to be an explorer.

Mama Pea said...

Laurie - You mean we should watch him so he doesn't fly the coop as a teenager?? ;o]

Dawn McHugh said...

never a dull moment with critters, so glad he is back with mama were he belongs until he is a fair bit older

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

There's always something... He's a cute little fellow, though. That's amazing that mama duck has so many underneath her - she's quite the magician! -Jenn

Mama Pea said...

Dawn - You can believe we watched with peeled eyes all day yesterday to make sure he didn't make another escape! Still can't figure out how something so small (and young) managed the escape he did!

Mama Pea said...

Jenn - She's so protective of her brood that we've still to get a good count (or picture!) of her offspring. Gonna try again today.

Athanasia said...

We're still in the 30's at night, but it's 42 now. The sun is actually shining after 12 straight days of (intermittent) rain. The creeks are overflowing.

It is a good thing that chick looks like a bright little tennis ball so it made him easier to find!

Mama Pea said...

Athanasia - We had another day of steady rain yesterday also, but the sun is shining today!

I'll try to get another duckling post up today. We got them moved to their own quarters a couple of hours ago. Much better.

gld said...

Glad you rescued him! It is cold and raining here too. But we are just 50° not your frigid temperature. We were almost 80° recently.

Mama Pea said...

Glenda - Our temps hit 60 today but with a wind that made it kinda chilly. You had ighty recently? Heck, we're lucky to have it that high on a hot summer's day! :o)