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Friday, July 19, 2013

Farm Friday: Allergic?

The chicks and ducklings continue to grow.

The chicks and ducklings continue to be adorable.

I can't hardly stand it.

Here is a picture of the chicks that I promised you from last week.

The goldish ones are the Buff Orpingtons, the whiter ones are the Cornish Rocks.

Don't get too used to those Rocks, they'll only be with us another six or seven weeks.

Well, they'll still be with us, but in the freezer or on the table, not in the barn.

And here is a picture of the ducklings. See the one on the right with the afro? That's the crested runner I was telling you about that I got by accident.

I love her.

Her days might be numbered, though. This morning I put them in the kiddie pool for the first time.

I no sooner put her in then she started flopping all around, twisting and writing like she was possessed.

I think she confused exercise with exorcise.

So I immediately picked her up, and her head continued to spin around.

I put her back in her hutch and she started flopping and twisting and spinning in her bedding.

But I turned my attention to another duckling that had gotten out of the pool and wedged into a little impossible to reach space, and by the time I got her squared away, the crested was upright and looking pretty OK.

I think maybe she had an anaphylactic reaction to water.

I have a duck that's allergic to water.


Here are the other three ducklings acting like normal ducklings do when they are placed in water.

This one saw her sister freaking out and just said,


It came out sounding more like a little quack, but I knew what she meant.


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  1. My chicken acted this way when she was startled. I think she was having seizures and would continue to do this periodically. She is blind so almost anything would surprise her. Now that she is a little older she has almost completely stopped having them. I don't know if that is what is happening with yours but it's something to watch since the symptoms are similar, especially the flopping and spinning.

    1. Thanks, Kathy, that's reassuring. I tried putting her in water again yesterday and she was fine, so I think it must have been a startle response as you said. Fingers crossed!

  2. :D That's the type of thing that usually happens to my lot!

    Hope your little afro'd duckie turns out ok x

    1. Thanks, Rachy, I think she'll be fine (see above). It's always somethin' on a farm, isn't it?

  3. Thanks for linking up with the Friday Flash Blog. I hope you checked out the highlighted posts as well as everyone’s terrific entries. Have a fabulous weekend!


    1. Thanks for stopping in, Jennifer, and thanks for the invite to your blog hop!

  4. Found you through Monday Mingle. Hope you have a great week and glad your ducky is better.

  5. I loved your article, it was very informative...would love it if you hopped on by our blog hop on Sunday...The Homesteaders Hop.

    1. Hi Shane, thanks for stopping by! I will check out your blog hop, thanks for the invite....



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