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This is a mother dog with dewclaws on her hind legs, and two of her newborn puppies have them as well. Can you name their breed?

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dewclaw on hind leg

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When nature calls

coyote pooping

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Two more ducks

A pair of month-old pekins got added to the pond today.  So now there are 8.

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The Rouens, which are 7 weeks old, had a growth spurt this week.

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The best way to Rouen a meal!

stand in food

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Moth-eaten ducks

The feathers are coming in at a rapid pace. They no longer look like cute little duckies. They look like moth-eaten little raptors!

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The morel of the story…

Is this were so good to eat!

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Morels are an April delicacy in West Virginia, and this time of the year people do go “mushroom hunting.”

Other than these five, I’ve encountered only a single other morel though.

 

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Well, the Rouen duck hatch was a failure. One duckling out of 20 eggs isn’t good hatch rate.

But because the remaining duckling needs companionship to learn how to be a duck, a trip to the feed store was due.

Two Rouen/mallard crosses, which are sold as “mallards” this time of year, and two pudgy, lazy pekins were added to the brooder. The Rouen that hatched is the duck in front  of the pekin that is lying down.

I used to incubate chicken eggs when I was a kid, and not a single egg hatched.

For just a few ducks, I don’t think incubating is worth it. Plus, it is crushing when you have one that was able to pip through a shell and then die, which is what happened this morning.

All the eggs in the Janoel incubator are dead. The embryos formed so perfectly for 3 weeks, and then they just died.

These five will be a good start to a flock, which will likely be augmented with Khaki Campbell mutts as the summer progresses.

So the Rouen hatch was a failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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