Sunday, March 10, 2013


There are only two ducks left in the barn now.  B.D. and Lucky.

B.D. is a Muscovy duck and my very favourite boy.  Appropriately named  Big Duck (BD for short) as he's large, about goose size.  Muscovies don't quack but make a hissing sound and BD greets me like an old dog when he's out of the barn, rushing forward, crest up, hissing madly, tail wagging furiously. 

Lucky, the other duck, is a Pekin, the classic white duck of fairytales and nursery rhymes and who the sketch is based on.  Pekins are lovely ducks but very, very chatty.  They are constantly on the prowl, sifting through grass and talking to anything that will stand still long enough.

Lucky was so named as he survived a bad attack by a mink and then another by an owl. A tendon in Lucky's neck was damaged so his neck is crooked, aside from that he's just fine.   He and the two remaining ducks who survived the mink attack had been placed in a pen in the meadow til the owl visit, that killed his two companions. BD had recently lost his constant companion Buddy, so he and Lucky joined forces and are inseparable.  One would be lost without the other.

I think I would too.


Gwen Buchanan said...

I love this story. sweet to see them and hear how they get along... a weasel killed a whole flock of my Rhode Island Red chickens a few years ago. seemed senseless as they just left them there afterwards.
Hope BD and Lucky will be able to look out for each other. I love that they hang out.

Jeanette said...

Its quite something to see them Gwen. Its a cross between an old married couple fussing aroundand star struck lovers who can't be out of each others sight.

They literally are within on a foot of each other at all times, inside or out. BD who is going on 12 is arthritic and doesn't move quickly. Lucky wants to go off and explore the garden but resists, staying near BD enticing him a little further out across the yard.

They are sweet.

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Sue Pownall said...

What a bittersweet story and a lovley drawing.

Felicity said...

Such a wonderful, heartwarming story and a lovely sensitive drawing.

Jeanette said...

I am very fond of ducks, especially these two Sue and love the shapes to draw.

Thanks Felicity. They are a special couple of guys, these ducks.