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Cleanliness is Next to Duckliness

Oct
10

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The ducks have a routine.
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Every morning.
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They gotta wash up.
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It’s a serious, fastidious business.
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Get in there! Don’t miss anything!
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I’m not making fun of you, I promise! I’m admiring your dedication.
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There you go, show off, flash those wings.
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I wonder if he knows there’s a feather out of place.
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I think he heard me. He’s going back to work.
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How does he do that with his neck?
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He can really move that thing.
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Look at that! Behind his back and upside down.
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IS THAT A BEAK COMING OUT OF HIS FLUFFY BUTT?
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Whew. That looks….almost….normal again.
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I’m not making fun of you. Honest.
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My point, AND I DO HAVE ONE, is actually not all this duck-washing.

Although it is quite a sight to behold.

My point is…..
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….this duck used to be dark brown all over!

See????
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Was he just really dirty? DOES THAT EXPLAIN ALL THE WASHING?

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on October 10, 2009  

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  1. 10-10
    3:41
    am

    Juvenile vs adult plumage? Are they cross breed ducks? I don’t know much about ducks. Raised Muscovy years ago and this year I raised 4 Khaki Campbell. The Khaki Campbell came from a hatchery, but they look like crossbreed to me. Their coloring isn’t like the pictures I’ve seen. One of them has a white patch on it’s neck.

  2. 10-10
    6:01
    am

    Maybe it was the postman! :bugeyed:
    Little n. loves the pictures of the duck wash. So cute.

  3. 10-10
    7:16
    am

    Gotta love how they change as they mature! She (I think she’s a she. I don’t see a tail curl) is absolutely beautiful! One of my favorite things to watch is my ducks distributing their oil in all of their feathers. Fascinating stuff!

  4. 10-10
    7:28
    am

    My ducks change colors too! It just trips me out…

  5. 10-10
    7:32
    am

    Hey….don’tcha just know that fall has rushed in so quick that he/she is making sure his brown fall ducky wardrobe is gone ‘fore winter sets in (and old man winter is coming quick)…He /she is just making sure the wardrobe of winter whites are all in well before it gets here….or is he/she a snow goose…errr duck!
    Brave little duckies…unlike the majority of folks that would die before wearing white after Labor day…winter white or otherwise…..
    B.Ruth

  6. 10-10
    7:59
    am

    Gotta love the duckies! She’s beautiful!

  7. 10-10
    9:33
    am

    He or she is beautiful! Maybe s/he just washed off the paint job!!

  8. 10-10
    10:48
    am

    He sure is pretty now!

    I think they do that to spread oil all over their feathers and make them waterproof. Is that right?

    I would love to have some ducks. When I can stop working at the office and retire I will have a big pond and ducks!

  9. 10-10
    11:24
    am

    The duck is putting on his winter white feathers. I know that wearing white is considered a faux pas after Labor Day (for humans), but it is considered very cutting edge in the duck comminuty.

  10. 10-10
    3:49
    pm

    “It’s called rubberneckin’ baby
    but that’s all right with me”

    I love the photos. What a cutie. And very conscientious.

  11. 10-10
    4:00
    pm

    That’s one beutiful CLEAN duck!

  12. 10-12
    4:41
    pm

    Loved your post since it looks so much like what I just wrote about on mine today!! hahaha, ducks are TOO funny! http://www.whatupduck.com

  13. 11-28
    10:15
    am

    Hee hee, it just might at that! :)

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