I heard the peepin’ and the chirpin’ and knew they had fuzzy, yellow, Pekin ducks for sale. I was in trouble because all three kids were with me.
The “Can We’s” started and I was adamant. No.
There’s no such thing as being a yes mom when you run a mini farm. 😉 If I was a yes mom I’d be knee deep in poo.
They offered to pay for them from their own budgets. I was still firm. I asked THE QUESTIONS. Which makes them groan but it is my buffer against the poo. See my post about adding an animal to your home, farm or homestead for a free download to help your children and your family figure out and work through adding animals.
They were disappointed but knew begging is not an option and immediatly asked to research them when they got home. I said, “After you clean something.” Hey don’t judge…I’m going to get extra chores where I can folks. Rhea read aloud to Tyler and Sunshine from info she was finding on the way home. (Note to self: Roll up the windows because there’s nothing like getting odd looks from cars that see your daughter reading aloud over how to harvest a duck at a stop light.)
After Ben came home, he and I headed back to our local farm store for a new charger. On the way I’m telling him about the cute duckies. And mentioned how there’s only a few left. So, perhaps we should pick some up so we don’t have to order and drive down to the hatchery. He and I have been researching them and a few other animals to add to our minifarm through winter. We knew too that while we sorda had “housing” it was still too cold for them to be outside without a mother so they’d be in the house with us. It’d only be a few more weeks (turned into about 6 weeks though thanks to a snowstorm. ) until they were making their own oils and could stay warm when wet. So, they could bathe in the tub, live in one of the kiddy pools and then we’d move them out to the coop with the chickens. We agreed to get 5. One for each of us.
We get there and HOLY MOLEY…THEY’VE CLEARANCED THE DUCKS OUT!!!!
Now, in my husband Ben’s world, this means that we’ll get 5 ducks even cheaper….but in MY world it means WE GET MORE DUCKS!!! eeekkk!! Guess whose world we live in?!
Mine!! 😉 haha! I know I’m spoiled! 😉
So…We ended up leaving with all 12 yellow ducklings they had left. After all…they’d be lonely!
Pop back and see how we set them up to stay safe, warm and in easy access for petting.