Nicole Alderman wrote:It is the mating pose, and it is done by the youngest duck ladies (they were hatched this summer). They come out of their coop in the morning, and everyone does their flap-their-wings-merrily thing. Then, the duck (away from the drakes with all the other ducks busy, and the geese kind of nearby) just seems to lie down with it's neck stretched out, and the geese come over and start nipping. It's both the boy and girl geese.
It's very odd. It's usually "Ack" our rescue duck (more about Ack here). I'm honestly wondering if there's something more wrong with Ack than just her missing bill. One of the other ducks we got from Ack's previous owner also does the lay-down-with-neck-stretched out thing. All five of the ducks we got from the same place, all have slightly weird skull shapes. The owner said they were peking/runner/cayuga crosses, and all five of the ducklings look distinct, so I wouldn't think there's genetic deformities due to inbreeding, but maybe?
I tried to get a video of them, but they didn't do it again. It seems to happen in the morning. Tomorrow morning, I'll take my camera out.
Here's a picture of Ack with her weird shape--all four of her siblings have the same problem, even if only she and Qua have the messed up beaks. None of my other ducks have been lying down, and none of them have the weird shape of the head. I'll try and take a better picture of the other ducks.
Drew Gaugler wrote:Good point Sarah. I'm not hiding anything, I'd email you a pic. It's just strange to put a picture out for people to focus on when I'm not focused on looks. I want someone comfortable with and happy with who they are and not caring what others think. I'm focused on who a person as a whole. I guess ask if you want a pic, I'll email.
G Moffatt wrote:You are about the age of my daughters, and not more messed up. As a Christian you already know the big thing: its not about you. I spent my career getting paid to give advice and am struggling somewhat giving it up. I think you should take up vloging, it is not nearly as hard to learn as Japanese, there are many free and paid courses on line to learn. Stop worrying about how you look seem or feel, get behind the camera. Few are doing much of a vlog on Permaculture, probably because editing video is way down the chore list, So learn to vlog, ghost some Permie group, When you have an income then go to Japan. We know there are Permaculturists in Japan but they are not on youtube, you have a subject, content, audience, and we know there are Americans in Japan making a living vlogging. You are already articulate, but you need a subject. There may even be someone out there in Permi-land who would house and feed you in exchange for doing their vlog, at least for a short term.
Dustin Fife wrote:Thanks again for the comments. I don't mind raising the foundation higher, but how does that fix the high water table problem? Also, it seems that a higher foundation would require rebar?