Sunday, September 15, 2013

duck pond

There was work to be done today ~ between Sunday Morning and pre-game shows, of course. It is, after all, football season. Anyhow, we finished the pond for Bennie's still-yet-to-be-named ducklings, hauling dirt for portions that needed shoring up and moving rocks for portions needing some battening down. The ducklings have effectively decimated nearly all plant life in my garden (it was kind of done anyway ~ I have to get better dirt), so it was time to move them out. Fidget had been sharing this space with them and I think he'd gotten kinda used to the little buggers, but we need to get him back with his own kind.

While we hauled dirt and rocks, Duke and Duchess walked around the yard. I'd never realized how much turkeys like humans. Duke is usually not far from us as we putter about. Duchess is still a little skittish, but also close by. (She likes to pick at Duke's feathers for cleaning.) I might have gotten turkeys sooner had I known of their natures ~ calm, docile, easy to herd back into the pen. Such a contrast from chickens and their headless reactions to everything.

Once the ducklings were moved into the pen with the pond and after a little inspection of the new place, they dove right into the water. One of them even dove and swam under the water! It's these small pleasures living with feathered or furred beings bring.

The dug-out with liner waiting for German Engineering and water.

Dirk fortifying the fence.

Me sorta helping with the fence fortifications.

Duchess and Duke wander the yard while we work.

Dirk checking the pond structure as the ducklings cavort.

Happy ducklings!

Working on the finishing touches tonight.

3 comments:

Shirley Douglass said...

Love all your little critters! Great job on the pond. And just remember when it is mating season the male turkeys can get a bit feisty. They get possessive of their significant other. :-)

Shirley Douglass said...

Love all your little critters! Great job on the pond. And just remember when it is mating season the male turkeys can get a bit feisty. They get possessive of their significant other. :-)

Ashling said...

I've been out of blog world awhile; when did you get turkeys? And ducks too! Great job on the pond...enjoy the new additions to the family!