Since my husband and I don't know what our plans will be after he graduates from business school, we agreed that we would not get any more animals this year. In the chance that we would be moving somewhere, we want to keep things as simple as possible. A lot can happen in a year, but the current count is 5 dogs, 4 cats, 1 rabbit, and 4 chickens. However, my husband and I are apparently too much alike (meaning, we have no willpower when it comes to animals) and so we were suckered into bringing home two ducklings from Tractor Supply on Saturday. We were just running in to get pet food and I didn't even think that they would have chicks or ducklings this late in the season. Well, the chicks were gone, but they had ducklings - 25% off! Who can resist a cute bargain deal? They barely had any water in their feeders, they looked kind of miserable, and well, 25% off?! How about three? Three little ducks, no big deal. Well, maybe two, because they are messy and loud. (We kept 9 ducks in our backyard several years ago.) And so we left the store with our cart piled high with a bag of chick starter, pine shavings, and our little peeping cardboard carton.
It was a total impulse buy, just like those darn packs of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at the end of the check-out aisle. Totally unplanned, slightly guilty, but it still makes you happy. For some reason, this makes our little homestead feel more complete. We don't know their sexes, but their names are Lily and Lulu. We'll have to wait and see if they develop curled pin feathers, which would mean they are males. They are Pekins, which we have not kept before, so I'm excited to see what they will be like.
I'm such a sucker for a cute face.
How about you - any duck experience?
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