Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Well Meaning Idiots


The woman with the ducks wanted me to pay for taking them off her well manicured hands and neat little flowered boarders.
She said she paid 20£  for each of  her little Aylesburys,
I told her she paid 30£ quid too much
She bought them from her window cleaner who said they would make  ideal suburban pets
That was before they had reduced part of her lawn to mud


In the end I took them for nothing, and was so angry I would have taken them anyway,
The woman had no clue of how to look after  RUBBER DUCK let alone two under age real life ducklings.


The youngsters had been given free range of the woman's garden and drive over the past two weeks or so, even though I suspect they are now only six weeks old. I explained to her that given the bad weather we have experienced over the past month I was surprised that the little chaps had not succumbed to the wet....especially as neither bird has any feathers showing through yet


The pair have survived  by pure luck, especially given the fact that their home was a converted wooden barrel and a greater amount of their feed has been slices of white bread and a bit of corn.


I had the pair caught and in the back of the Berlingo before the woman had drawn a big breath.
"I think I will buy a couple of those big fat hens for the garden" The woman mused before I drove away
"I saw a couple in Homes and Gardens , they are called Orpingtons....do you have any for sale?"
"No" I said shortly and drove off




46 comments:

  1. Another idiot taking up 'the good life' as a fashion statement, and mercenary to boot.
    Very glad you rescued the little chaps.

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  2. When I rehabbed animals I used to get so frustrated with the well meaning person (idiot) who would drop off an animal they had rescued (kidnapped), cared for it (kids played with it)then say they realised they could no longer care for it (got fed up with poo and scratches and buying cookies for the animal). People's capacity for stupidity never ceases to amaze me.
    Jane x

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  3. Good thing you are around John. I'm sure the wee ducks are much happier rummaging through bosoms.

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  4. I know a man here who regularly buys chicks or ducklings for his grandchildren to chase and play with when they visit, then when they return to the UK (after two weeks) he takes them to a lake and sets them free. I've told him he's an idiot; but....

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  5. Poor chicks. I hope she gets distracted by some other fad before she's able to follow up on her next impulse purchase.

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  6. Poor little ducks, i'm glad you have them now.

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  7. Glad you gave these two little ducks a good home...here's hoping the mad woman leaves the chickens alone and decides to take up fure swallowing instead!

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  8. oops...fire swallowing...

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  9. That window washer has a quacking good side line.

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  10. ignorance is not always bliss...thank goodness you've rescued the ducklings!

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  11. Some people should be required to pay stupid tax.

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  12. I think she should consider a nice goldfish, second thoughts, they need feeding and cleaning. Maybe just stick to shopping, dear.

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  13. I think she needs a couple of duck or chicken figurines in her yard. Plastic, concrete, terra cotta, not LIVING animals.

    Idiot is too kind a word here.

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  14. What a mother-ducker. Why can't folks who know nothing just stay inside?

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  15. oh for pete sakes... this is me rolling me eyes at that woman... good grief.

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  16. Poor little ducklings - at least they are now in a good home and you have even more animals to look after. You, John, are a bit of a soft touch!
    Buff Orpingtons = ha! ha! - they reduce my garden to shreds in minutes if they manage to get in there. Great fat things - especially the cockerel - but I love them for all that.

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  17. What a stupid cow - you should have called the RSPCA! This is more than stupidity its downright irresponsible.

    A duck is for life not just for easter!

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  18. Well done! Grrr ...some people have no idea about animals. Makes me v cross indeed.

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  19. Daft woman. Good for you for taking them in.

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  20. My god, I didn't realise they were just babies. That woman is not a well-meaning idiot, she's an idiot. This sort of thing makes me angry. As for Buff orpingtons - as Weaver points out, 2 big fat buffs will reduce her pretty garden to shreds overnight, if a fox doesn't get them first.

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  21. Eyes down everybody!
    Two little ducks...22!
    "BINGO! And welcome to the extended family!"
    What are you going to call them? Perhaps you could run a blogosphere naming competition.

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  22. YP
    will do!
    I trust you will come up with something suitable

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  23. I second the idea of reporting this woman. Either that or kidnapping the Orpingtons and leaving her little plastic garden gnomes instead.

    Oh, and i'm still in the dopeslap queue.

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  24. John, you have one gorgeous heart.

    I truly despair of some people. I am now on the look-out for a commune with good, like-minded people (animal lovers), who really love animals and don't just collect them.

    What a nutter.

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  25. She sounds more Margot Leadbetter than Barbara Good. I hope she reads your blog!

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  26. Drove off, indeed!

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  27. People like that should be culled at birth. Glad the ducks ended up with you. Poor things.

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  28. Duck-head ...
    Woman not you John.
    ~Jo

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  29. "Well meaning" is too kind. A little research before hand would have told her what's involved in taking care of an animal.

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  30. I'm so glad you rescued them. Ducklings have got to be the cutest critters in the world, especially when they start waddling around behind you.

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  31. Keep an ear open, she will probably have some more for you later when they are inconvenient in some manner... It just galls me when people have an animal, then 'dump' it. (Snarl.) I hope they do well with you.

    Cat

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  32. I don't think that idiot even meant well. Do you suppose she raised children too? So glad you were there for them. I cannot believe she actually thought you should pay to take them off her hands.

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  33. She so reminds me of Hyacinth on Keeping Up Appearances!!! A tad preoccupied with herself!!

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  34. Glad you found these little Ducklings. Now they will have a good home.

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  35. Good grief! I am glad you rescued the poor things!

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  36. That lady (?) has to be daft! Then she wanted chickens? I bet you wanted to slug her!

    I hope the rubber duckies are doing well now and happily situated.

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  37. I am always glad when little ones like this find your way to them. However you're a lot nice than I would have been, John. When I was the president of the rescue here we had a very well known political family turn in a Golden to us because it didn't match the other Golden they had and didn't look good laying on the lawn....I wish I was making this up.

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  38. I am so glad there are people like you who will take animals/ foul from people like them.

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  39. Well, now, considering what they've escaped, at least one should be named Lucky Duck. (Or, I suppose just Lucky) I'm not sure what the other name should be...Loopy Duck? From what I read here, perhaps all your ducks should be named Loopy.

    Cheers!

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  40. Idiot woman.
    Regarding the brood wondering off & you shouting "Go Home !" I used to do this when the hens visited the neighbours. One neighbour thought it hilarious but I'm sure wouldn't if they'd eaten her veggies !

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  41. Some folk just beggar belief! As has already been said, does it not occur to them to actually do some research about whatever little creature it is they are thinking of adding to their home???

    Methinks this stupid woman just wants "ornaments" for her garden ~ if so, then she should buy something nice and expensive made of concrete, not a living, breathing, sentient being.

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  42. oh my gosh they look so young..... I'm glad they've ended up with you anyway!

    As Charlie Chuck once said.....

    Charlie, Charlie,
    Chuck, Chuck, Chuck,
    Went to bed with three young ducks,
    One died,
    Charlie cried,
    Charlie, Charlie,
    Chuck, Chuck, Chuck.

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  43. She sounds a right stupid well manicured bag. Lucky for the ducks that you are about. Glad you didn't give her a bean.

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  44. Good save, John, sure they will enjoy their new living quarters as ducks.

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  45. Lucky ducks. I hope that idiot does not get the hens.

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