I was struggling with bead photos yesterday when I decided to take some pics on the porch. And look what I found in the pool!
Yep...despite my best efforts to discourage her, Mallory has a dozen duck chicks in my backyard. Morning after morning, I would dash into the backyard, red hair flying, hands clapping, yelling at Mallory and Drake, "THIS IS NOT A MATERNITY WARD!!!"
They would fly away, only to return. The morning I saw Drake and no Mall, I knew he was making a food drop. From that point on, I would only occasionally see her off the nest. And for the last two weeks, I swear she did not move! I put food out for her - pecking distance from the nest but she never touched it.
Once the babies were here, I tossed some food on top of the pool cover and she gobbled and gobbled it up! She broke up the bigger bits for the babies and they ate and ate too! I feel like a heel for not feeding them last year!
By afternoon, I knew I had to get the duck elevators in place. If you remember from last year, it's not the chlorine that kills but the fact that they can't get out of the pool! They bedded down on one of them for the night. I fretted that it was too cold and finally realized, she needs the babies that close to the water as that is their best way to protect the team!
At 6 a.m. they took their first swim of the morning. I think I'm in love...