Duck Movie coming soon!
Alright so, a new Ducky Movie featuring my ducks will be coming out soon. Here are the steps to making it:
1) I filmed my ducks in front of a green screen, and I then opened it up on a mac book. I put some footage of the school hallway, and did the green screen effect, because the ducks were filmed in front of a green screen sheet. The ducks would often poop on the sheet!
2) Next I drop it into iMovie, and I crop it out so that only a minute and 30 seconds of the original footage is in the film. Originally it was around 13 minutes, and no one wants to watch my boring ducks for 13 minutes.
3) In the editing process, I zoomed in on the ducks faces when they were speaking, and added subtitles so that it appears as if the ducks are speaking. There is also a picture-in-picture of my hologram, talking about my brand.
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Green Screen Ducks.
A few weeks ago, I was doing a school project where I filmed my ducks in front of a green screen sheet. The story of the video is that there are some ducks are lost in my school, and they were trying to get out without being caught by the kids. They thought the kids would eat them! During the day of production, I taped a big green screen sheet to the side of my house, and also to the ground. And then I had the ducks quack there for 13 minutes. I had to entice them with meal worms to keep them there! The ducks were sometimes trying to run away, however we were able to keep them under control. I ran around to where my mom was filming, and just outside of the camera, I would chase them back into the camera frame.
At one point, the full grown Lucky and Aflac (not pictured here) came onto the green sheet, and started trying to take the mealworms from the “ducklings.” We let them take the mealworms, and so the ducklings had to get other food. I wrapped it up by ending the film when the ducks were eating. I do foresee them getting filmed again. In terms of the holidays, I totally think that we could do a video where the ducks are trying to stay away from the raccoons! Maybe I will add special effects where there are raccoons in the background. I could find a picture on the internet of a raccoon, and add it to the video by downloading the image and then placing the image into the film. These ducks are looking forward to getting seen on screen. Thank you for reading the Ducky Blog.
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!
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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