Yesterday, four of the males were adopted out to a good home. It is a comfort to know that the brothers were all able to be adopted by the same family. They will have each other to comfort them during this stressful time and I am confident that they will be well taken care of. I hated to let them go but there were just too many male ducks on the Ranch. I know that this was the best decision for all the ducks involved even though I don't like it.
All but one of the remaining ducks are adapting fairly well this morning. The females are all staying with the Muscovy males which is good because they are fierce protectors. It breaks my heart to watch my Baby looking for her brothers. I have to remind myself that this was in the best interest of all ducks involved and that she will soon adapt into the new flock like the other females. This is not the first time we have seen a duck looking for its lost sibling and it is always hardest the first day. Emily, one of our Pekings, lost her brother to a predator attack many months ago. She spent the first day or two looking and quacking for him before she decided to flock with the Khaki Campbell males. Now that they have been adopted she has smoothly transitioned to the Muscovy flock. I am confident that Baby will do the same. In the meantime, the rest of the flock is watching her from a distance and waiting to welcome her as the newest member of their group. I will continue to keep an eye on her throughout the day to ensure her safety until she decides to join the flock.
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