Ahh, hah,ha, hahh, hah, ha, how in the world do you spell laughing anyways, well, I am, laughing that is. I picture Richard finding one of my youngest Nieces stuffed animals and having the time of his life.
When he was on this stick it was so funny I almost killed myself laughing at him!!! I had left a 2X2 stick about 4 feet long on the ground, I was going to do something with it later, didn't, and hadn't put it away yet. Well Richard was trying to balance on this 2X2 that was laying flat on the ground. It kept rolling over as he was doing his humpy thing and he kept losing his balance. I thought he was trying to perch on it or something in a really weird way. So now I know exactly what he thought was doing. That is such a dumb and funny thing at the same time.
Whoppo is gone!!! Now that has made my day.
Serious. He was getting so intimidating to me and wouldn't back down, he actually was beginning to intimidate me intensely and I don't get intimidated by critters. But he was doing a good job of making me that way. I put him over in a rabbit pen for a couple of days until we could figure out what to do with this lad. I didn't realize what a pleasure it was to work among all the chickens and stuff without hearing him hissing at me all the time and having to keep an eye out for where he was. I really never realized how bad it was until his presence was not there. How nice. I don't even think that the hens missed him.
The fellow who took the 4 nucs that I made came by yesterday and he raises Muscovys and wanted to have a look at Whoppo, he needed some new genes in his flock. So he did, and man was he impressed with his size. Good for Whoppo, someone liked him. He took him in a heart beat and was very happy that he was so big because he would throw some pretty nice young. I was happy. That was a good day.
We have Muscovy babies coming out our ears here, so we don't need any more stock. My Sister and I are going to do an experiment and raise one of the nicer looking young drakes and really make him people friendly. We will see when he grows up if he has nasty genes or not. It will be very clear by the time he is old enough for making what his temperament will be. I remember that I was told that the mean genes are passed on to the males, I am listening to that, but I also want to see for myself if Whoppo throws really aggressive genes, just for my own curiosity. If this new drake, after being handled from a young age by humans is aggressive, he will go by the wayside too and we will get some different genes in that gene pool. We'll see.
We have 3 more muscovy ducks who will go broody soon. I have been saving eggs for that day, rotating that they get no older than a week old for viability. One hen has been sitting now for 2 weeks and she will hatch out at least 12 I would say and about 35 in the incubator. Yep, ducks and ducks and more ducks. Beautiful and most wonderful day, lovin' our groovey fun life. Cindi