Chickens and ducks

Our feathered funny friends, they make us laugh with their antics, particularly when they run. They are extremely friendly and can also be quite moody. Currently we have a rooster, Mr Coq, aka the face of Pumpjack, Gertrude, our large grey chicken who loves her food, Goth, our regal and quiet black hen, and finally our little Piddlewick, our tiny brown chicken and the boss of the chickens. Then there are the ducks, children of Maggie, our pet duck. Sir Studly is our resident (and only, hence the name) male, Tequila, the leader of the pack when Maggie is not in residence, Sunrise, otherwise known as Sunny for disposition, and following or leading, depending how you look at it, there is BeepBeep. She is the smallest, the runt, but also the smartest and has wormed her way into our hearts and house. And as it is a busy garden, we also have an assortment of owls, blackbirds, wood doves, sparrows, finches…

Living with a Blind duck at PumpjackPiddlewick

Turns out we have a blind duck. We’ve been wondering for a little while now, but thought it was simply poor close up vision. Not unusual in a duck. Then yesterday, she flew into a tree stump. Luckily, ducks are a bit like nerf footballs. If you don’t remember orRead More →

A hising protector at PumpjackPiddlewick

Have you ever seen a goose hissing? They puff up their feathers, that long neck and head go down and their wings go up. And they make this hissing noise. It is quite fearsome. And so it should be as this is their protector mode. They are protecting their territories,Read More →

Puddles are for playing in at PumpjackPiddlewick

Nothing beats playing in puddles, especially for a duck. Strangely enough our Maggie doesn’t like the rain. In fact she will find all sorts of ways to get out of it. But give her a puddle, and she is like a pig in mud. This time of year we seeRead More →

Duck teenagers at PumpjackPiddlewick

We are awash with teenagers. Okay, maybe only 3, but like all teenagers they give the impression that there are far more. Pecan, Pumpkin and Pi are our 3 little ducklings that survived to maturity and, against all expectations (and hope), all turned out to be girls. Hooray! In aRead More →