Here are the little ones from 2nd grade! One of the students came by this weekend at the WigWam Market to see how the ducklings were doing. Here they are with two baby kids in the back. The kids are 2 months old. The ducklings are just weeks old! If you look closely you can see feathers beginning to replace the down on the wings and tails first. Pretty soon they will be feathered.
This little goat was one of triplets with a difficult birth. His tendons in his back legs were overstretched and so he couldn’t stand on his own to nurse for 3 days. We gave him physical therapy and his mom’s milk in a bottle. Seated with “Flopsy the Goat” and Jimmie is “Secondary Target” (he has a natural target on both sides) helping to keep the baby warm and entertained.
Last week we got an e-mail from Miss B. a 2nd grade teacher in the area asking if we ate our ducks. As a vegetarian I was able to assure her that we use them for egg laying for our customers and as pets. The next e-mail asked if we could take in the classroom’s science project. All of the eggs they had purchased had hatched and the little ducklings were rapidly outgrowing their habitat.
Miss B. brought out this group first. The dedicated teacher who is here from New Jersey had to help two others from their shells and since they were a little smaller also had to give them a little more TLC. They came out last night to join the rest of the clutch of hatchlings.
The one the students had named Hercules clung to Miss B. and kept following her when she tried to leave. I could tell she was having a hard time letting go and so was the duckling. In a time when so many teachers are under such pressure to deliver test scores with little to work with and financial cuts to their paychecks as well– what a wonderful testament to the lengths these fine educators will go to for their students. Miss B. drove the 30 miles out to the farm on her Spring Break to insure that these little ones would have a place to grow. We thank her for this wonderful addition to our farm on behalf of all of our customers who buy duck eggs. We hope that she and her students will visit Hercules and the others often.
We’re having another sheep sheering day, come join us!
It’ll be in the morning, at the farm on March 23rd.
Please call us to talk about getting a spot reserved for you and your family.
All questions to Celia or Jimmie at 623.341.0869 or 623.341.0868
Have a great day!