Fred & Ginger

Woefully, Fred the Muscovy duck, has been intimidating the barnyard fowl.  I am quite sure he is the perpetrator that injured Susannah, the peahen, and caused her disappearance on the farm over the past few weeks.  This morning I caught him harassing Figaro, the peacock, and made a plan to end his terror-reign.

I trapped he & Ginger, his very pleasant Muscovy hen, in the chicken coop this morning and employed Char to help me set up a new space for them which would help the other poultry to have some breathing room.  Its a temporary set-up since the confined yard which we created is on the small side.

We covered the top of the temporary yard adjacent to the honeymoon-digs with a piece of deer-fencing and tie-wrapped it into place.

Note:  Tie-wraps & duct tape are tied for most popular hardware in my arsenal.  Oh wait, add bungee cords to that list.

What a relief to let the rest of the poultry free-range now without having to worry about mean Fred hissing and attacking.  He’s harmless to people, but the rest of the ducks and some of the chickens were spending too much energy trying to get away from him.  Ginger seems to hold her own with him.  He respects her and that is a dear thing.

Perhaps he’s insecure where the rest of the poultry are concerned?  Perhaps he’s trying to protect Ginger?  Perhaps I ponder too often about these things?

I am broken-hearted over Susannah being gone.  More on that another day.

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  1. Would it be horrid of me to suggest a bit of Duck l’Orange? I am very sorry indeed to hear about Susannah … I hope Figaro and his remaining girlfriend are well and have not been too traumatized by all of this. Will the Wing-and-a-Prayer logistical suffle ever end? It suppose you’re going through one of those it’s-always-something periods … we all have ’em. Stay well and hang in there. D PS: I was thinking again about all the fencing you’ve been doing … if it makes you feel any better … Woodruff (the ram) found his way out of his pen (which he was sharing with a good number of cycling ewes) and made his way (under cloak of darkness) into a pasture of ewe lambs (which we didn’t want to breed this year). Hrmph. Will have to catch-him-up this afternoon and return him to his legal digs! See … it even happens to us ‘old timers.’

    1. No, the answer is “No!” The Wing and a Prayer logistical shuffle will never end! 🙂

      Woodruff, that rogue! It is exactly why I can’t keep a ram here very well. I “rent” one for about 4 -6 weeks and that is as long as I can ever seem to stay one step ahead of them.

      And actually, because of that, I’m really limited for the Angora Goats I’m getting soon (tomorrow.) There haven’t been any Angora breeders that I’ve found that will let me rent a buck from them yet, except they all want me to buy a buck from them! I’m doing my best to just pony/goat-proof my fencing, never mind buck-proof it too! So I keep looking for a rental….

      Good luck – it’s a gorgeous Saturday here. Lots of outside work getting done including the completion of the fence!!! And no one has escaped, yet!

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