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    April 23, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Two out of three children in my home who can speak the English language agree that the proper pronunciation of the world ducklings is three syllables long: duckle-lings. If you know me, then you know I wasn’t expecting to have duckle-lings for another month.

    And yet…

    Please meet Sam and Alex:

    Do these look like Khaki Campbells to you? They don’t to me either. In fact, they look and act suspiciously like Pekin ducks.

    There is only one explanation for this, and that is that we are Suckers.

    I was browsing Craigslist and, long story short, when I could get a feed bowl and big bag of feed free if I took the ducklings dependent on said items also, I instantly considered this a “good investment.”

    Now we all know why I’m not a stockbroker.

    Somehow, I can have a newborn and keep right on blogging, but today I feel like these duckies are going to put me in an early grave. Newborn babies don’t have bedding that gets so filthy you have to double-wash it just to make it sanitary. Newborn babies don’t step in their food bowl and spill it all over their clean bed. Newborn babies don’t swim in mud puddles.


    Anyhow, Sam and Alex are a mystery in a number of ways. Sam might well grow up to be Samantha. On the other had, Sam might be Samuel. Alex likewise might be Alexandra…or maybe Alexander.

    We just aren’t sure.

    One of the duckies is looking conspicuously larger than the other, making me think we might have a Samantha and Alexander on our hands. What to do when only one is male? I say this because they are good friends, and yet we have no intention of keeping a male. They don’t lay eggs, you know.

    I suppose we will decide once we know for sure. Pekin ducks look like they are a solid white when grown, but males have a single black tail feather which which novices like us can identify them.


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  • Reply Brandy April 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm


    Yes, this whole gardening/farming thing is the new, post-food-allergy me! I have grown to love it…

    Did you do goats? I didn’t remember you doing goats. I only ask because we checked into getting goats because one of our kids especially is addicted to goat milk…

    Duckies are a pain when it comes to cleanup. However, they do sleep all night and by six weeks they are already toddlers. Babies on the other hand…They take a slight bit longer. 🙂

  • Reply Karyn April 27, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Wow B, I would have never pegged you for a duck farmer…ducks,pigs and lambs are the 3 farm animals I never had the opportunity to raise…I never did alpacas either, or a donkey…but I digress.
    Thanks for sharing the cute pics of your new babies and thank you for giving this mom to be some confidence, glad to hear duckies are harder than infants!

  • Reply Brandy April 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm


    Drowned duck feed, indeed! Thankfully, we do NOT have a cement patio, unless you count the tiny slap outside of our back door, which I don’t. Si has almost finished building a portable grazing pen (translation: CAGE), so basically once they are old enough they can live inside of that and I won’t be worrying about this yucky stuff so much.

    K & R: You are about to make me want a puppy as toddlers are my favorites! Thankfully, the idea of dog doo deters me. 😉

  • Reply Rahime April 27, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Look on the bright side: they’re small. Our 80 lb. 6 mo. old puppy has been having tummy problems…really fun to clean up after. At least she’s made it outside every time so far (crossing fingers, knocking on wood..). Kim, I like that description; she is kind of like a newborn and toddler rolled into one–having a dog’s kind of like have a perpetual two-year old. Lots of fun though. 🙂

  • Reply Dominic and Kimberly April 27, 2009 at 3:09 am

    We were thinking of taking in a puppy, but you’ve reminded me how baby animals are like newborns and two year olds all rolled into one. Thanks =)
    They are darling by the way.

  • Reply Ellen April 23, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Yeah, that whole tipping the nasty water bowl full of drowned duck feed thing is delightful. We had ducks when I was growing up. I hope you don’t have a cement patio. Duck poop on cement is its own nasty form of cement. And duck cement on regular cement is not a good thing. Ask me how I know. =)

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