Tuesday duck news

Just a quickie today as I’ve spent a fair amount of time checking on the ducks, making sure that they’re incubating, and writing Facilities so we can collaborate on how to deal with their ducklings’ Great Leap Forward from the window to the ground. That will take place in about 26 days.

Honey was last seen on the pond two days ago, and hasn’t budged from the nest since. Dorothy was seen on the grass yesterday morning, but is now sitting tight in her window.  A good bet is that they’ve both begun incubating their eggs and won’t budge, with the possible exception of a quick flight to the pond for a drink, for four weeks. Hens lose about 30% of their body weight since they don’t eat while incubating their eggs.

The two hens are pretty much synchronized, so if all goes well we’ll have two broods at the same developmental stage in the pond. Since Honey and Dorothy are BFFs, I don’t anticipate any conflict at feeding time, but one never knows.  Two broods are easier to manage than last year’s three.

So, here is Honey on her nest, sitting tight:

And Dorothy, who has a condo with a pond view (she’s inconspicuous, but is in the lower right-hand corner of the left window:

For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be seeing photos of drakes and turtles, though I have one more batch of Honey + Dorothy + Wingman photos and videos.

Fingers crossed for a successful incubation! I think Honey has 7 or 8 eggs, and who knows with Dorothy? Hatching date: about May 3.


  1. GBJames
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    ”Just a quickie today…”

    Typo? Shouldn’t it be Just a quackie today?

  2. Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Your duck stories would make an adorable series/documentary.

    • JezGrove
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      An adorable “duckumentary”? I’m blaming GBJames (see above)!

  3. Publius
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm | Permalink


    this a link to a web cam focused on an eagle’s nest in Decorah, Iowa. I’ve been watching the eagle sit for a couple days, but I just now looked in and see one of the parents feeding two chicks.

  4. rickflick
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m already getting anxious.

  5. JezGrove
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    The Great Leap Forward will hopefully soon be sorted. Then we’ll need a Five Year Plan.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Sounds like Jerry may’ve run outta regular reading material already, so’s tucked into Mao’s Little Red Book. 🙂

      Here’s hoping our ducklings steer clear of a Cultural Revolution.

      • JezGrove
        Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

        Let’s hope Honey and Dorothy steer clear of the whole century egg thing, too: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          Maybe Honey’s ducklings should think of the trip from windowsill to Botany Pond as comparable to Mao’s Long March to Yan’an. 🙂

  6. Posted April 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Well, at least Honey and Dorothy are doing something useful while they sit in quarantine.

    • JezGrove
      Posted April 7, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes, much better than sitting on a hoard of toilet rolls like the planet’s self-proclaimed most intelligent species appears to be doing.

  7. flexilis
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    OT Jerry, your old ship is in the corona-19 news. So glad your trip didn’t have anything like that.


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