The brood is broken. And life is back to ‘normal’.
Maggie (pet duck) had decided in her infinite hormonal wisdom to have a third nest this year. Not good. Besides not wishing to have more ducklings this year, not to mention Maggie being a terrible Mum, it was also putting a strain on her body.
Eggs were duly removed as laid, leaving 2 eggs behind so the nest wouldn’t be abandoned whilst she was still laying. Once she was in full brood mode and sitting, the plan was to remove an egg after a couple days, and then again to empty the nest. But things never seem to go to plan.
Now a full on broody duck is a sight to behold. They come off their nest for 20 minutes at the height of the heat of the day (so the eggs stay warm) and it is all about stuffing their beak as fast as possible, cleaning and dampening their feathers, and getting back on to their nest once more. All to the very loud accompaniment of panicked duck quacks. Well, more like wails, but in duck style.
Somewhere in amongst the nesting and stuffing beak, Maggie hurt her leg and was limping badly. The final egg removal had to be put on hold until it healed. As once we remove the egg completely, and the brood is broken, she will wish to return to the garden for foraging and ducky like living. And then climbing our Escher stairs to come back in at night. It’s those stairs that stopped the process. Too much for a lame duck.
Luckily ducks heal fast, and within a matter of days, she was back to her ‘normal’ self and we could remove the remaining egg and break her brood. It took only an hour to do, and suddenly Maggie was our chaotic and fun loving Maggie again, running around the house and then the garden, with George always following behind.
For more tales of Maggie… our pet duck, we’ve written lots of posts as she is easy to write about.
You’ll find pictures of Maggie and our other pets on Instragram
And should you be on the lookout for duck and other animal inspired gifts – you’ll find quite a few in our shop.