I wasn't meant to get ducks....
We had only gone to the markets to get pigs...we'd thought about pigs...we'd dreamed about pigs...we'd even planned for pigs, but ducks... they weren't even in the equation!
He'd mentioned them once only... he'd said they were dirty animals that were a pest...he'd never said anything else. They just weren't ever thought of again. !
And now here I was coming home with a small box filled with 2 ducklings.
What would he think?
It's not really my fault, as I walked past their cage they seemed to call to me. They must have known that I had a thing for babies ~ all kinds of babies... their little eyes beckoned me, their little bodies ~ already beginning to grow white feathers from their newborn yellow fuzz somehow seemed to appear like they needed a good home... in a place called....well something like Sunnyside (I'm sure it was something like that they were quacking) :) I ignored it ...after all it was only that morning that he'd spoken in the the less than complimentary manner about their kind, so I walked straight on past.
But my children.... I think they have a little bit of their mother in them ( OK maybe I should say a whole lot ~ after all we have quite the petting zoo here). They stopped, they felt it ~ they turned as a group & it only took one look & a "Oh Mum, look at how cute they are". I found myself handing over the money ~ it's not like he said I wasn't allowed to get them...
I began to think ~ how can I convince him? Hmmm.... duck eggs ~ we'll buy them on the precept of wanting to have farm fresh duck eggs ( after all doesn't every farm want those??). I chose a drake & hen ( that way we may get more ducklings & there really isn't anything cuter.... except baby chicks.,.. oh & calves, lambs, piglets & of course human babies). Excitement radiated from the children ~ 2 acquisitions in one day. More animals to join the Sunnyside family :)
We told him we had a gift for him ~ a surprise ~ he took it in his stride (after almost 12 years of marriage he knows me well). As for the ducks ~ they've made themselves right at home. The hens have adjusted to these newest invaders of their henhouse, they seem to not mind that they swim in the water & take up one of the nesting boxes at night. After all they really are cute!!
So come a few more months we will have our very own Sunnyside fresh duck eggs ~ after all that's what we got them for ~ isnt' it ?
Joining in with the ladies for:
Enjoy your day!
P.S. The ducks really aren't dirty ~ they are very easy pets to care for!