Big day for Biggles!

It seems to be all the Bs for the blog this week – busy, B&Bs, bathing, Biggles & babies! The most exciting item on the ‘B list’ of course, was the arrival of Biggles’ babies on Saturday.

Newly hatched

 Biggles the Muscovy is a first time mum and after a very indecisive start to her 5 week brooding period, she hatched four healthy ducklings out of the fifteen eggs in the nest.

Biggles and family

Biggles is a duck with an adventurous spirit, so unlike her mum, Puff, who stayed near to her nest-box with her ducklings for some considerable time last year,  it didn’t take Biggles the Brave long to take the wee troupe on a tour of the garden as well as an afternoon hike up the glen via the roadside drainage ditch! We were a bit concerned that such a venture was somewhat over-enthusiastic for a first day in the world, particularly when I spotted a crow hopping along the fence-line in a very determined manner. It was the crow in fact which alerted me to the whereabouts of the family. So, after a cup of tea on the roadside, waiting for the ducklings to take a ‘power nap’, we then ushered Biggles in a homeward direction and safety. Having said that, there is a certain hazard on the homestead as MacRae has spotted the reappearance of Biggles and ducklings or not, he’s still a drake with amorous intentions towards her, which results in her flying off, the wee ones  cheaping frantically and either one or both of us chasing the determined drake around the garden so that Biggles can return! I think that she probably needs lessons in assertion so that she can adopt the fight rather than flight response! Puff has no problem whatsoever putting MacRae in his place!

Homeward bound

Not to forget our other ducklings, the Aylesbury crosses, who at two weeks old were ready to be introduced to the delights of bathing, albeit on a small-scale to start with. Needless to say they love it and have enjoyed relaxing by the pool in the sunshine of the past few days!

New bathers

As for the rest of the ‘B list’, we’ve certainly been busy over the last week not just with duck management but also with B&B as we’ve had guests all week which has got me nicely into the swing of things again after the post-Easter lull! Unfortunately, there now seems to be another lull, but I’m going to make the most of it as by the middle of next week, things look to be hotting up once more.

Greening-up in the polytunnel

The good weather has also meant that we’ve been busy in the garden. Kevin cut the grass for the first time and we planted our main-crop potatoes. I also planted a second lot of broad beans, carrots and peas, as well as spinach and in the polytunnel, more salad and sweet corn.

Believe it or not, it’s taken me all morning to write this blog as Biggles is once again on walkabout, thinking nothing of taking a quick flight and abandoning the ducklings! Consequently, I’ve been in and out like a fiddler’s elbow either keeping an eye on the temporary orphans or shooing off Francis Drake and MacRae when she makes her return! And she has the nerve to hiss at me!

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4 Responses to “Big day for Biggles!”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    So glad that Biggles has hatched some little Biggles! We have had some hatchings ourselves over the weekend…..11 Aylesbury ducklings.

    Geese are also getting big,feathers are coming in but still fluffy round the head and bum……bigger than an Aylesbury duck and only 4 weeks old!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Sorry it’s taken a while to reply Jennifer, but it’s been a very stressful week so far (see latest blog entry) and I haven’t had the chance. Well done on the Aylesbury front, you’d better get on with large scale production of orange sauce! The geese sound amazing, are they ‘honking’ you out of bed in a morning yet?!!!

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    • garybuie01 Says:

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