Dear Hawk that has been bothering my ducks,
I am sick and tired with you trying to kill my chickens and ducks. I really would like you to stop as it has been annoying me. You have been terrorizing my chickens. How would YOU feel if you were the one who would have to deal with someone trying to kill you each day? Pretty unhappy, I'm sure.
You have left a scratch on one of my ducks, from yesterday, and that incident really scared the duck. As a result, I was going to name him "I was almost hawk food." But, in the end I named him Scratches, which is theoretically the perfect name. If you are reading this, then just know that if I find your nest, I will evict you from my property.
You have been living on my property and exploiting my chickens for some fun little game of yours. If you want food, just go look somewhere else. Go look in a volcano, there's probably lots of food there. Or, maybe nuclear reactors contain lots of chickens, just asking to be eaten. So go there, and leave my property.
Return of the Hawk
Earlier today, during distance learning, I heard quacking coming from the yard. I saw a hawk, and I went out and chased it away. This was the third time this had happened so far. And the hawk had been stalking my birds for a while. When I looked closely at one of my ducks, I noticed that it had a small scratch on it. I put antibacterial cream on it, and locked the ducks in the pen. This hawk has really been a problem, and I think it's the same one each time. I'm not sure how I will deal with this hawk. If you have any advice, please let me know! -Henry
Ducks Learning to use their Ramp
This coop is a "Do It Yourself" coop, and is still being worked on. This photo is a little over a week old, so it is pretty recent. This details the ducks learning to walk out on a ramp. This was an idea that we had, to put a ramp in the coop, because ducks generally need ramps to get up to higher places. Unlike chickens, ducks are not skilled at vertical flight. It might take them a while!
Thank you for reading the Ducky Blog! In the future, I will add solar panels to the coop, and add extra heat lamps and weather stripping. Stay tuned for those updates! -Henry
I almost lost my duck to a HAWK!
So, it started out when I was on my computer. I heard the ducks quacking very loudly next to my window where they were free ranging. The hawk who had been sighted a few minutes ago tried to attack. I was on high alert and chased the duck away. The chickens would not come out of the bush for a long time, and are in fact some are still hiding under the bushes. They are very good about keeping safe.
When I ran outside a second time, I chased away the hawk, and he flew to the other side of the yard. Then I found Aflac running around the driveway. I brought Aflac up, and counted all the ducklings. I only had 7 of them. I was supposed to have 8! I could not find that duck at all! I was looking for over 40 minutes, but it was hopeless! Then, I miraculously found the duck hidden behind the garbage cans! It had been quiet for the whole 40 minutes.
I'm assuming the hawk had targeted that duck. Since it is growing up, it had gained the ability to fly. It flew behind that garbage can. I actually checked behind most of the garbage cans, but I did not look behind the last one. Usually my presence would set off a quacking alarm! This duck stayed completely silent, until I saw him. I was so relived, I went over and grabbed him. I Brough him up to be with his friends again! I'm glad I follow the "3 Pound Rule" from my comic. The rule is that unless all ducks are over 3 pounds, they cannot free range in open space, EVEN if you are within earshot. I think the reason why the duck survived is because Khaki Campbell Ducks are really nimble and flighty so they were able to dodge the hawk and get to safety.
**UPDATE: I have named this duck, and his name is... SATURDAY! The reason begin that this happened today, on Saturday. If Friday the 13th is the UNLUCKY day, then Saturday the 14th is LUCKY! Not to be confused with Lucky the Duck.
Chicks from Above!
So these chicks are very super. The real thing is like, these chicks are very young. Wait, wait. I'm checking my email for the photos. At this stage, they just arrived at our house in a package. They got shipped in the mail. So you order them online, and you get them in the mail. It's on a special website that ships you chicks to your local post office. And then, you are called to go pick them up. Here they are, still without names! Got any suggestions for the names of these chicks? Leave a comment below!
Ducky Comics in the news again!
Ducky Comics has made the news once again! I’m getting it all formatted because I know how. (Henry stares at screen blankly). I’m on the blog, I’m downloading the photo. Here is the photo for all my readers to enjoy!
Ducklings go swimming...
Back in September, we got these ducklings. This tub picture was from the first weekend that we brought them out from the garage. They were too young to stay outside unsupervised. The tub was a little swimming pool for them, so they can swim. Ducks love water, and it is necessary for them to stay happy.
I was excited for them to be able to swim. The ducks were pretty messy! It is kind of like the real duck pond, but a bit smaller. In the early days when the ducklings were defenseless, Aflac would try to throw the ducklings out of the pool. He was just waiting for the chance in this photo. Lucky is Aflac's girlfriend. Aflac did not like the ducklings, he wanted to kick them out so that Lucky could use the pool.
Ducks of all ages like the pool! Thanks for reading the Ducky blog!
Another hawk attack...
My poor chickens and ducks under a bush after the attack, scared that the hawk might come back.
The hawk flies away behind a tree after being spooked.
The hawk flies away.
Hi! I’m downloading a photo right now, of a hawk. I have three different photos of the hawk. There’s three photos, us, ok so I’m gonna download these photos. I’m getting all of the photos ready while munching on a chip. Munch munch another chip. Ha ha. Munch munch munch ha ha ha, super duckies in the chat. Sooper Duckies, Sooper Duckies. OK I got the 2nd photo, now for the 3rd one. Now I can tell you the actual story.
OK so while I was at school, my mom went out to let the chickens and ducks free range, like she always does. However, only a few minutes after she got outside, she heard loud squawks. She saw a large hawk (about 4 pounds) circling around and harassing the chickens. It was most likely trying to eat one of my chickens or ducks. Her presence scared the hawk away, but for a few hours after that, all of my animals were huddled under a bush. They were scared for a little bit, but after a while they came out. Thank you for reading the Ducky Blog! -Henry
Aflac and Lucky Read my Comic.
My two ducks Aflac and Lucky are reading a comic about how to stay alive! The comic is called “How to Predator your Chicken and Duck Coop.” They are looking at the panel about racoons, because raccoons are some of the deadliest predators. Raccoons are intelligent, and their hands allow them to grab things very easily and unlatch latches.
The ducks are not happy that the comic is laminated, because if it was paper they would like to play with paper and maybe eat it. These are Brown Khaki Campbell ducks. This photo is taken in my backyard as other chickens and ducks are free ranging. I am often there to watch over them and listen for any hawks! If a hawk comes, I would jump on it and chase it with a shovel! Thank you for reading Ducky Comics!
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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