A Sad Day

It’s a sad day, here at Thordale.

Black Ducky has died under the container while sitting on her second clutch of eggs this year.  I told her to come into the hen-house or anywhere else apart from under the container but, no, she had to sit there and I expect something got her. It’s that time of year.  I even had traps close by – they’ve caught nothing.  I could not save her despite my best efforts.

At least Black Ducky had one duckling this year – Cuthbert – who she adored and was the best mother to.

Dear Cuthbert – he’s more than a little bit gormless  and now he is old enough, he hangs around with a different crowd.  He even has a girlfriend – an older lady – Penthesilea’s mother.

We will all miss Black Ducky.  She was her own duck and the only black one.  The other ducks were never very nice to her which is probably why she decided to nest this time under the container rather than in the duck-shed, where there is some new-duck politics going on.  I did try to lure her into another shed but she would have none of it.  The circle of life – it’s harsh.



7 thoughts on “A Sad Day

  1. Colleen McNamara

    Sorry about Black Ducky but glad Cuthbert has his eye on an older woman who will ‘take him under her wing’, teach him all he needs to know. He is a very handsome fellow.
    Hope Vitamin is improving. Our equines certainly do keep us on edge. Sending hugs and fingers crossed.

  2. Sam

    I am so sorry to hear this. But ducks are among the nastiest beasts to each other. Even so, Black Duckie did not deserve this.


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