It has been six whole days with these ladies and already I am seeing a change in so many ways.
Mother is still pushy but she is learning the magic word “back, back” which means you don’t walk into the house or feed-shed uninvited. She is also less pushy and is filling out.
Wherever I go around the croft, I have two devoted followers. ‘Bert has also decided they could be his best friends because they get three meals a day and he only gets one! Today, the Boyzens went into the hill. Lambie is still furious but I told him to suck it up, Princess.
Anyway, this weekend I was given some Muscovy Ducks. I adore them. In the dim and distant past, I had one Muscovy. Now we have seven.
Six lady-ducks and one drake.
They don’t move around much – preferring to stand outside their house (now sharing with the hens in perfect harmony), waiting for me to arrive with food.
I have to make sure that everyone (ie sheep) are somewhere enclosed as they cannot steal the duck feed. It is poisonous to sheep.
And certain sheep are on the scrounge 24/7 at the moment. It’s a full time job.
I am trying to convince the ducks to follow me and I can show them where the water is but so far they just stand and watch. They do a lot of watching and possibly judging.
The followers always follow.
BSC (Bat-Shit-Crazy) Girl is getting less reactive. She will take a gingernut/snack from my hand, she will eat from a bowl in my hand and she will almost let me touch her. She sniffs me when she thinks I am not noticing.
They also love the horse’s barley rings which make the perfect snack and bribe. I keep some in my pockets.
The way forward is definitely food.