Brace. Did you know that a group of ducks on land, especially domesticated ones, is called a brace? Yep. See the interesting things you learn when you become an urban farmer?
We went there after running errands just because we were passing by and thought we’d “shop” to see if there were some adult ducks to be had. We only planned on gathering research, but before we knew it we were bringing a crested duck and magpie duck home.
We quickly took over a space in the chicken’s day run to keep the new ducks close to Joe and Vera (our original resident Pekin drake and duck), but also keep them separated. Separation seemed confusing to me at first, but Joe stuck his head through the fence and got a hold of the crested ducks tuft almost immediately. He hasn’t “attacked” them since, trying only to woo them, obviously. Vera, at times, seems jealous, but still “talks” to her new roommates.
The gray crested has been named Jayne and the magpie duck has been called River. We’ve had them now for two weeks and in another two we can begin to give them some time with their new family. They are more skittish than Joe and Vera ever were/are (even after the predator attack and the daily dose of human medical attention). But this morning I noticed they were less worried when I brought their feed and freshened their water.
Vera is laying regularly again after the predator attack and our evenings are cooling off a bit more. The new ducks have not lain yet; but they are just settling in. So, we’re patiently waiting. The idea of having 3 duck eggs a day will be fabulous. I love using them to bake with and making Frittata. They make my breads, cakes, and other desserts so moist and fluffy and the frittatas are so light and airy. When Vera wasn’t laying my baking wasn’t the same.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Joe & Vera and River & Jayne get along once we can let them all hang together.
Stay tuned to see/read more as we get them bonded together as a whole brace.