Just One Little Trip To The Feed Store


When we began the ‘living in the country’ adventure.

My vision included chickens and ducks.

Mama Duck had 11 little ducklings and they were the cutest little critters to watch grow up!

We don’t have ducks anymore….I won’t disturb you with the reason.

The sign at the Feed Store, reads:

“It’s chick and duckling season”!

You hear them the minute you enter the door.

The glow of heat lamps hanging over galvanized tubs of fuzzy little feathered sweetness.

How to resist?

Today I did, but I’m not promising that I can next time!

Easter Is On It’s Way


Spring took a few days off with the return of snow and cold in the garden.

Luckily I’m busy in the greenhouse moving seedlings to pots and sowing more seeds.

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I’d share an image from last years sweet baby ducklings.

MaMa Duck hatching these 11 babies just might be my favorite memory of life out here.

Peaceful moments watching this little family swim in the garden pond.

What ducklings?

What ducklings?

The ducklings have grown up.
I have officially become “the duck lady”, with 14 ducks now waddling around the garden.
Pekin Ducks are quite low maintenance. Eat tons of bugs, and are less destructive then the chickens in the garden.
I have had a few offers to “take a couple of ducks”, but they were going to be “dinner”.
I just couldn’t do it!
They will be pets. Yes, the petting zoo grows.

How quickly they grow up!


My kids snuggling the ducklings!
My kids snuggling the ducklings!

How quickly they grow up!

The ducklings are growing quickly and tiny feathers are growing in.
Mama Duck is still attentive and keeping track of all of them.
The routine of ducks out, dogs in has been added to my list of garden chores.

My Mallard’s are back!!!

Last Spring we brought home

2 little Mallard Ducklings.

Plucked out of the galvanized trough

at a local farm and seed store.

Just by chance…

a boy duck, and a girl duck.

They were raised first in my kitchen,

then they moved to the shed.

First baths were in my kitchen sink,

then they moved to the bathtub…

and eventually the little pond in the garden.

One day they flew across the yard–

and discovered the larger pond at the edge of our property.

What a treat to sit in the garden

and watch them fly in and land right in the front yard.

In October they left,

and we had hoped to see them this Spring.

Last week I was standing out on the deck early in the morning

and saw a pair of Mallards flying over the house.

They flew past the large pond, but circled around

and landed.

They appear to be nesting.

We are keeping our distance to make sure they are comfortable and feel safe.

Now I can’t prove they are “our” Mallard’s.

But I’m going to believe that they are.