Back in September, Toy Chica, the last of our original chickens, was taken by raccoons. Toy Chica was one of my favorite chickens that I ever had. She was really friendly and nice, and I really enjoyed having her. Toy Chica would always come up to me and comfort me, and she would also let me pet her. It was really nice to have her.
Back in 2018 in the late summer, I was sitting on the lounge chair, and Toy Chica was pecking my toes! She thought they were worms! I let her peck my toes, because I thought she was cute. The name came from the game Five Nights at Freddys. I was really into FNAF when I first got my chickens, so I named them after characters in the game. We’re still looking for Toy Chica, and I might find her. Thanks to our readers!
Hi, thanks for reading! This photo is from the Putnam County Fair, last year. This was the reason that I started doing Ducky Comics, because I originally wanted to make a comic about the fair. This year, the fair was unfortunately cancelled, but it was nice while it lasted in 2019. We were staying in this RV for two nights. We wanted to have a nice place to sleep, so we rented this camper. Most of the 4-H members slept in tents. 4-H is an organization that will help kids do different things such as get involved with agriculture, chickens, ducks, and other farm animals.
The chicken that I am holding is Toy Chica. Toy Chica was a black sex link. I also have 10 new black sex link chicks. They are good egg layers and very friendly. That day, I would walk around with Toy Chica at the Putnam County Fair. I took her to some exhibits and let some kids pet her. This wasn't really planned by 4-H! Some kids were nervous, some kids were excited. I wanted to show this photo, because it is part of the original story of Ducky Comics, and because my first comic was about the Putnam County Fair! Thank you for reading the Ducky Blog!
I was a duck whisperer over the summer! I would lure all the ducks from the pond to come to me. One of the ways that I would do that is to sit by the shore, pluck some grass, and hand feed it to the ducklings. These were wild ducklings that were really cute and I wanted to try to get them close to me. I was able to accomplish that through my luring strategies. This was the first time that ever happened and it happened once after that. The second time it was the same pond, and I used the same method. It was a mama and her ducklings. They tend to stay at the same pond until they can fly. This was back in early August, so they are most likely full grown by now. They have probably migrated already to the south for the winter. They will hang out down south until spring, and then they will fly back. They might reunite with each other and they might see my ducks too! Thank you for reading the Ducky Blog!
These chicks have grown a lot since we first got them. They are actually starting to develop flight feathers. These are also known as adult feathers. This image is still when they were really young. Now they are almost a month old. The chicks are a little easier to bond with, then the ducks. These are the original breed that I had, black sex links. I lost the last black sex links that I had a few months ago, due to raccoons. By handling them from a young age, that allows for deeper bonds to be established. I took this photo to keep a memory of my chicks, of when they were still young, so I can remember that when they are adult hens. These are certified females. For my new ducks, 5 out of 6 of them are males (we think), which means we won't be getting too many eggs. I still like them, though, but ducks are not as easy to bond with as chicks! -Henry
My Hawk Attack Story
I was in the garage when I heard loud distressed sqwaking coming from outside. I ran outside and into my backyard, and I saw a hawk harassing my chickens. The Hawk looked to be about 3 or 4 pounds. This hawk was like a big hawk, and now that I found my chickens I'm pretty worried. This is because hawks may take up residence near the coop. I knew what the squawking chickens were trying to say- "Henry, come help!" Luckily, I know what chickens are saying. But some people might not. Maybe some people could use an animal translator, so they could understand what their chickens are saying! Chickens could tell you what was breaking into the coop, and how they are getting in! Thank you for reading. THE END
Duckies in the Early Days
These super duckies are really cute! This was when they were still fuzzy little ducklings. At the time we took this photo, we only had these duckies for a few days. They are probably about a week old. The ducklings are in a little bin that we used to take them outside. We wanted to free range them, but they were too young to be unsupervised, so we would let them graze while watching closely. Why? Because of the hawks! They may be falcons, but either way, these birds can be potentially harmful. The hawks will try to pluck them from above and go on an "adventure" (Hint: "adventure" means snack time for the hawk or falcon!). Red tail hawks may also take a leg to eat, if they can't get the whole duckling. Always watch over small ducklings or chicks that are under 3 pounds!
Chick on top of Super Duckling!
This chick and duck are hanging out together. This is when the chicks were very small and the ducklings were only a few weeks old. This is in my garage, this is where we raised the chiecks, and the chicks are still living there. They'll be moving out in a few weeks, and the duckling have already moved out. The ducklings are now in the big coop, along with the adult ducks and chickens.
The breed of the chick is on top is a black sex link, and the duck is a brown khaki campbell. Now we have 8 ducks, and 13 chickens. We replenished our flock effectively, and that's enough for now!
First Time Outside
This photo is from the first weekend that we had the new ducklings. That is back in early September. The ducklings are being heavily supervised, to prevent hawk predation. This is in my backyard, where my chickens and ducks will roam. The yellow ducks are Perkins, the brown ducks are Brown Khaki Campbell ducks. In the background, we see two adult Brown Khaki Campbell ducks, named Aflac and Lucky. I have had these adult ducks for over 2 years. On this blog, I will try and share stories only heard from chicken and duck keepers. Thank you for reading, it really helps. -Ducky Comics creator, Henry
I was inspired by my chickens and ducks to do "Ducky Comics." I have done a fundraiser for 4-H, and plan to continue doing so in the future. -Henry, 14
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