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Fred and Jumbo

Feb
16

A neighbor had a couple of ducks he’d gotten in a trade for something else. He didn’t want the ducks, so….

This one is a female jumbo Pekin. She looks like a goose next to the regular-size Pekins I have. So that one was easy. It’s the next one…

This is Fred. Fred is a fully mature duck. He’s a miniature or “bantam” duck. Seriously, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as bantam ducks. Bantam chickens, yes. I’d never heard of bantam ducks!

Fred and Jumbo took off for the barn yard to meet the rest of their new feathered friends.

The other ducks were fascinated.

“Why is that one so big?”

“Why is that one so little?”

Fred and Jumbo are like their own flock within the flock. So far, they’re keeping to themselves, big duck and little duck, the odd couple!

I’ve researched miniature breeds of ducks, and found miniature Crested, Black East Indie, Silver Appleyard, and Silver Bantam. But Fred doesn’t look like any of them. My current conclusion is that he must be a mixed breed. Any thoughts? Anyone know of any other miniature duck breeds that look like Fred?

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Early Easter Basket

Feb
16

Spring seems early here this year with this back and forth warm weather, and apparently so is Easter!

The new Araucanas (from last summer) are starting to lay their pretty little blue and green eggs. A lot of their eggs are small right now, as first-timer eggs tend to be, but some are already starting to lay bigger eggs. I’ve missed the blue and green eggs since my older Araucanas quit, so I’m happy to see these!

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