Goodness gracious me!

I thought after keeping animals for over 30 years there were no surprises left but I- know- nothing. Our female Muscovy flew into our farm yard at the beginning of the winter, arriving at dawn each day, amusing the builders by doing a fly-past every morning, before settling into the hens enclosure. Then, at dusk, she would fly off again- we never did find out where to! Howard, the builder, took pity on her and brought her a mate who we named Jacob Quackers. It was love at sight and finally, she stayed the night with him in the hen shed. This has continued all Spring. Last week they got “friendly” and got it all together…great, we thought. We’ll soon hear the pit-pat of tiny webbed feet. However, she decided to make her nest in an oak tree- high up, about 20 feet or so. Jacob stayed below, too heavy (or so we thought) to join her. The weather has been awful for several days and much to our dismay, Jacob disappeared yesterday. The fox, we imagined, had paid a visit. Then, late yesterday evening, as we shut the hens in for the night he re-appeared! Has he been in the nest too? Is he a “new man,” sharing family responsibilities? Watch this space!

About fforestcwmbyre

Retired teacher with a love of the outdoors. I enjoy horse riding, walking and cycling, especially in the area of Hay on Wye where I live.I also run a self catering converted barn with my husband Steve. Together we also look after our family of animals, including dogs, horses, cats, sheep, hens and ducks!
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