Friday, March 5, 2010

The Thing I Forgot About Ducklings...

No, I didn't forget how unbearably cute they are!
I didn't forget that, being waterfowl, they imprint on the first living thing they interact with. Which means that when humans take them out of the incubator and talk to them before putting them in their cozy box with a heat lamp and a stuffed animal for company, well, I'm sure you get the idea.
I definitely didn't forget that baby birds Yell. all. the. time.
When you are outside trying to survive it is absolutely essential that Mama is in your sight at all times. And that you stick very close to her...
Ducklings will follow humans around when they imprint on them. Obviously. Speaking of unbearably cute. Try a string of ducklings scrambling after you wherever you go!
Here's the thing I forgot about ducklings...
Specifically ducklings in a box...
They fling themselves repeatedly and determinedly against the side of the box as soon as you walk away!
At least they get a lot of exercise.
And sometimes provide a little comic relief...
"I've fallen and I can't get up!"



5 comments:

Matthew said...

How fun! So what does Joshua think about being a duck mama?

princessmama said...

Ha. That's HIS duck, as everyone knows!

Matthew said...

You should read him "Are you my mother"

princessmama said...

Awesome book!! If you ever see it at a yard sale buy it for me! ;) I'll see if Grandma Karen still has a copy we can borrow in the meantime.

fawndear said...

Love it. Too adorably cute. Spring and new life are just what I needed to see today. Thank you for sharing.