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Americans who have been to France and come home craving a reminder of their magical European experience, love Vermont cheeses.
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Practice not cleaning your plate: it will help you eat less in short term and develop self-control in the long term.
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Meet My Flock

I revel in the simply pleasures of being a duck-momma.  It’s amazing how quickly our six little ducklings grew into full-feathered birds; and their personalities grew up right with them!  If you’re a reader like I am, you’ll appreciate my inspiration.

Meet the girls!

Daenerys

If you’ve read or watched Game of Thrones, you know that Daenerys is a respected leader.  True to her name, my Daenerys is top of the pecking order.  She’s curious and forward, cautious but unafraid.  Any and all activities begin at her instigation: swimming, eating, drinking, foraging, you name it!

Kitty

While all the others loudly quack and squawk, Kitty squeaks, all the time, even while eating.  She is otherwise quiet, timid, and 100% unoriginal in her decision-making.

 

Cersei

Yes, another GOT reference.  When we first got our girls, I was tempted to name them all after female characters from the series…but their quirks have inspired alternatives.  While just little ducklings, Cersei appeared to be the leader. But in reality, she’s simply an independent, minor troublemaker.  Their first time outdside, Cersei led Kitty out of the pool and into the yard.  They were freaked out and separated from the others.  I had to scare the poor things by chasing them around the yard to get them contained again.

Fardi

How do you make the name Ferdinand more feminine?  You can’t really…thus we have Fardi.  Fardi is mellow and lackadaisical; not a leader or a follower.  While the others forage, she lays next to their water, sipping casually.  She’s affectionately named after Ferdinand the Bull.

Amelia

Another children’s book reference: Amelia Bedelia.  If you’ve ever read these stories, you know that Amelia is good-natured but clumsy.  Case in point – all the other ducks quickly learned how to get into their pool.  Poor Amelia struggled, clearly agitated by the success of her fellow flock (see video below).  When herding them into their pen at night, Amelia often misses the gate and runs into the fence.  Her lack of coordination leaves her easily flustered; in her photo, she’s not quacking…she trying to shake off the cotton seeds stuck to her bill. *sigh*

Duck

Ever watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s?  Inspired by Holly Golightly’s no-named cat, meet Duck.  She’s unoriginal – a true follower.  Her lack of individuality has not earned her a real name, though we are no less affectionate toward her.

In a few short weeks, these lovely ladies will do more than just entertain us.  They will be laying eggs very soon!

Eaten duck eggs before? Have any recipe suggestions?

*How embarrassing! I spelled Daenerys wrong with my original post…it’s corrected now!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 8-5-2018

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I revel in the simply pleasures of being a duck-momma.  It's amazing how quickly our six little ducklings grew into full-feathered birds; and their personalities grew up right with them!  If you're a reader like I am, you'll appreciate my inspiration.

Meet the girls!

Daenerys

If you've read or watched Game of Thrones, you know that Daenerys is a respected leader.  True to her name, my Daenerys is top of the pecking order.  She's curious and forward, cautious but unafraid.  Any and all activities begin at her instigation: swimming, eating, drinking, foraging, you name it!

Kitty

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Cersei

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Fardi

How do you make the name Ferdinand more feminine?  You can't really...thus we have Fardi.  Fardi is mellow and lackadaisical; not a leader or a follower.  While the others forage, she lays next to their water, sipping casually.  She's affectionately named after Ferdinand the Bull.

Amelia

Another children's book reference: Amelia Bedelia.  If you've ever read these stories, you know that Amelia is good-natured but clumsy.  Case in point - all the other ducks quickly learned how to get into their pool.  Poor Amelia struggled, clearly agitated by the success of her fellow flock (see video below).  When herding them into their pen at night, Amelia often misses the gate and runs into the fence.  Her lack of coordination leaves her easily flustered; in her photo, she's not quacking...she trying to shake off the cotton seeds stuck to her bill. *sigh*

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If you've read or watched Game of Thrones, you know that Daenerys is a respected leader.  True to her name, my Daenerys is top of the pecking order.  She's curious and forward, cautious but unafraid.  Any and all activities begin at her instigation: swimming, eating, drinking, foraging, you name it!

Kitty

While all the others loudly quack and squawk, Kitty squeaks, all the time, even while eating.  She is otherwise quiet, timid, and 100% unoriginal in her decision-making.  

Cersei

Yes, another GOT reference.  When we first got our girls, I was tempted to name them all after female characters from the series...but their quirks have inspired alternatives.  While just little ducklings, Cersei appeared to be the leader. But in reality, she's simply an independent, minor troublemaker.  Their first time outdside, Cersei led Kitty out of the pool and into the yard.  They were freaked out and separated from the others.  I had to scare the poor things by chasing them around the yard to get them contained again.

Fardi

How do you make the name Ferdinand more feminine?  You can't really...thus we have Fardi.  Fardi is mellow and lackadaisical; not a leader or a follower.  While the others forage, she lays next to their water, sipping casually.  She's affectionately named after Ferdinand the Bull.

Amelia

Another children's book reference: Amelia Bedelia.  If you've ever read these stories, you know that Amelia is good-natured but clumsy.  Case in point - all the other ducks quickly learned how to get into their pool.  Poor Amelia struggled, clearly agitated by the success of her fellow flock (see video below).  When herding them into their pen at night, Amelia often misses the gate and runs into the fence.  Her lack of coordination leaves her easily flustered; in her photo, she's not quacking...she trying to shake off the cotton seeds stuck to her bill. *sigh*

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Daenerys

If you've read or watched Game of Thrones, you know that Daenerys is a respected leader.  True to her name, my Daenerys is top of the pecking order.  She's curious and forward, cautious but unafraid.  Any and all activities begin at her instigation: swimming, eating, drinking, foraging, you name it!

Kitty

While all the others loudly quack and squawk, Kitty squeaks, all the time, even while eating.  She is otherwise quiet, timid, and 100% unoriginal in her decision-making.  

Cersei

Yes, another GOT reference.  When we first got our girls, I was tempted to name them all after female characters from the series...but their quirks have inspired alternatives.  While just little ducklings, Cersei appeared to be the leader. But in reality, she's simply an independent, minor troublemaker.  Their first time outdside, Cersei led Kitty out of the pool and into the yard.  They were freaked out and separated from the others.  I had to scare the poor things by chasing them around the yard to get them contained again.

Fardi

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Amelia

Another children's book reference: Amelia Bedelia.  If you've ever read these stories, you know that Amelia is good-natured but clumsy.  Case in point - all the other ducks quickly learned how to get into their pool.  Poor Amelia struggled, clearly agitated by the success of her fellow flock (see video below).  When herding them into their pen at night, Amelia often misses the gate and runs into the fence.  Her lack of coordination leaves her easily flustered; in her photo, she's not quacking...she trying to shake off the cotton seeds stuck to her bill. *sigh*

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4 responses to “Meet My Flock”

  1. Kellie Kutkey says:

    Yay! They have names! I love them all ❤️

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Yay! They’re real now 😉
      I really do love having them. Can’t wait for you to see them all grown up!

  2. Charly says:

    Corrie, baking with duck eggs is a lovely experience. Their yolks add such richness to breads, cakes and certain cookies. You can find the equivalences for chicken eggs online – in the “old days” I would use 1 duck egg to replace 1.5 to 2 chicken eggs. Please blog about your discoveries!
    Love your posts!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hello Charly,
      Thank you for the suggestion! I have not yet baked with ducks eggs. They are so rich and hearty, I imagine they would be excellent for baking.
      I’m so glad to hear you love the posts. This is a labor of LOVE <3

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