Who would have thunk it?!
After going missing for quite a long time, the prodigal duck has returned.....with (13) ducklings in tow. AMAZING!!
I told the family that she had most likely succumbed to the marauding pack of coyotes hitting my farm daily. There was always the chance that she had a nest somewhere, but it was more likely she had been lunch for some furry predator. The coyotes have become so brash as to raid the farm in broad daylight. Lost a teenage bantam at 8:15 this morning. I startled the coyotes, but not before they could snatch a mouthfull on the way out.
Anyways, about the time I was tripping through the underbrush, I noticed something tiny out of the corner of my eye. Low and behold...there were thirteen little tiny things, with a very loud and demanding mother. Guess she thought it was time to introduce the babes to all of their Aunts, Uncles, and Daddy. What a sight to behold.
Now I know that I'm going to spend quite a few hours this evening, rounding them all up....but that's the only way to keep them safe. A chicken tractor awaits. I just don't now what I'm going to do with the current tenants.
Isn't nature amazing?