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.
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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