Friday, 3 August 2012

Carol & Polenta: A Debut

Carol, Polenta and the guineas
Ducklings are hardy little buggers. 
A bit of appropriate food some safe and secure housing and a bit of apple cider vinegar and the skinny little babies that came to me a few weeks ago, have developed into two robust, confident and rather impressive Aylesbury ducks.
Today Carol and the oddly sounding Polenta have been released from their nursery pen. Although still only juvenile birds, they are already bigger and heavier than the remaining runners , who have nervously circled the newbees time and time again with an eye popping "who the f*ck are they?" expression on their faces.
With a bit of luck the two groups will join up eventually. The runners, ( who seem to now understand that keeping near to the lane gates will ensure their safety from a daytime fox ) will teach the new girls the field etiquette and rules

19 comments:

  1. if by chance you ever get an old male guinea fowl left at your gate to fend for itself, then can i be the first to suggest the name Papa new guinea ?......just a suggestion !....i'll get my coat...

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  2. Rounded out very nicely under your wonderful care, John. Animal etiquette is interesting to watch, is it not? as well as the pecking order.

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  3. They look fabulous, John!
    Jane x

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  4. Aren't they a lovely pair! I rather like jason's Pap New Guinea name suggestion.

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  5. Lovely wee duckies. They look like something out of a fairy tale.

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  6. I love happy endings!

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  7. Carol and Polenta look quite at home.

    My two older kitties have taught the new one how to hiss. I'm hoping there comes a day in the not so distant future, where there'll be a hiss-free day, and still have the same three cats.

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  8. How dare you to continue to post pics of GREEN fields whilst we drivel up and dry away here in Illinois? You have no heart. But since you post fab pictures of Olympians in tight shorts...I'll be back

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  9. Do ducks know about etiquette? I always thought that Jemima Puddleduck more or less epitomised all ducks - in other words, plain daft. Also do ducks recognise other ducks? Yes, that is a daft question, if they didn#t they there wouldn't be ducklings would there?

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  10. You've got a real talent for taking care of animals. Maybe you should've been a vet. Thank you so much for your kind comment regarding my mother-in-law's death. I truly appreciate it.

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  11. They do have a slight worried look on their faces, it's true.

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  12. Looks like you got your ducks in a row.

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  13. You are a miracle worker. Hard to believe those are the same ducks you pictured such a short time ago.

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  14. Wow, that's quite the transformation. They sure didn't waste any time growing up now, did they?

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  15. Beautiful & I do love the look of your guinea fowl. It looks so unique.

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  16. Thriving! That's what Carol and Polenta are doing!
    Love the 'Papa new guinea' comment!!

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  17. They certainly look great, John.
    Have a great weekend!

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  18. I love your collection of cuties. And everytime I think I'm crazy for having 21 ducks and 21 chickens, why, I just think of you, John! ;)

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