Sunday, June 24, 2012

Houston, we have a problem...

One nest...

...two duck mamas! Eugenia (left, she of the broken leg courtesy of Mr. Fox) and her daughter Maria Andretti (so named cuz she had racing stripes on her head when she was little and I thought she was a boy and named her Mario but then she turned out to be a girl so it's Maria) have both decided that the latest nest of eggs is theirs!

I had no idea ducks would sit together on a nest and I have no idea what to do about it, so for now I'm just letting them be. I have marked eight eggs again and any more that get laid are being removed on a daily basis! Neither of these ducks is as benign and placid as Ronna-duck, but I did manage to get them both off the nest for a minute last night without losing an eye.

Meanwhile, today it's back to Art Fayre. Here I am, teasing (the original, not the duck) Ronna with a chocolate-covered cheesecake bite...

If you're anywhere near Dunvegan, Ontario (i.e. Ottawa, Montreal or Cornwall), why not come join us at Art Fayre today, from 12pm to 4 pm at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum? It would be nice to make many, many sales today!

Have a happy Sunday.


  1. Hi Nat, Hi Ronna! Wish I could come to the Art Fayre, but I'm hitting the road on my next trip today. I feel like I'm never home anymore!

    Love the duckies, and now you're gonna have more babies! Yeah babies!

  2. This maternal dispute could get to be interesting. When the 8 eggs hatch, who will the babies follow? Will they alternate between the two moms, divide up or go their own way?

  3. This could turn into a custody case.
    Jane x

  4. Wow. Mamma and Grandma sharing a nest. Maybe they'll raise the chicks as a team?

  5. It's another episode of Wild Kingdom every day at your house!

  6. I came across this url which may help. Good luck!

  7. More babies...yah! Sounds like too many cooks in the kitchen, though. I would have loved to pop out to your Art Fayre but I just had one of the busiest weekends in awhile. Lots of cat-sitting and I had to meet the contractors who will be building our house. I hope it went well for you. Looks like it was lots of fun.

  8. Oh goodie, more ducklings coming soon :)
    They will both raise the babies together, but from all the loose feathers laying around it looks like they had a fight over the eggs!


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