Yesterday evening, while the rain chucked down, led by Mother-Duck, all the duckies made a bid for freedom so we rushed out, caught them and shoved them quickly into the duck-house (along with food and water) closing the door quickly behind them. There may have been swearing.
So much for duck participation, gratitude and helpfulness. Meh!
Today was a new day and luckily slightly drier. OH has now gone again working off-island (poor, poor Monster!), and it was down to Daisy and I to solve the duck problem. We decided to fit wide boards along the side of the run because last night, the ducks had managed to squeeze between the net and the hurdles and then firmly stuck.
We “borrowed” OH’s tools and various bits and pieces from his shed.
And while Daisy drilled, I tied the boards firmly together with bale string. We even did sawing (well, Daisy did. I looked on in wonder!)
Then into OH’s shed to make a proper duck staircase so everyone can go in and out a bit easier. The plank I had originally supplied was slippy in the rain and they were reluctant to use it.
We also supplied two swimming pools and a breakfast tray.
The ducks have spent the rest of the day pottering up and down their little staircase, going in and out of their house, swimming and eating. Mother-Duck is still looking for an escape route but I think it is all a bit more secure now and hopefully she won’t succeed.
If she does, at this stage, I give up!