La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France. We chose it while on the road, moving home, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, that is back in Ireland.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ducky Business

Here we are. Ready for business. 
Adding to our livestock. 

It's a boy ! And 3 girls. 
They are Muscovy ducks.

Cyril, is his name, with his ladies, safely tucked in the pen for the next few days. 

After that, they can make use of their larger enclosure which also contains the pond.
Their wings won't be clipped and they might well end up back at their former home at Maggie & Richard's (our friends and neighbours). At least they will be able to escape predators and that's all that matters in the end.

Patricia xxx...x

11 comments:

  1. Brilliant :-)

    While they are confined, and if you have one, stand their bowl of water in an old tyre, then when they splash in and out of it, it won't tip over. It worked a treat for us when we had the geese.

    That pen and house look very well made.

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    1. We don't have a tyre, but we were going to partialy dig it in. The ducks arrived just a tad too soon. ha !
      We've occupied ourselves this morning being concerned about a sheep that was stuck on a rock in the estuary and its rescue.
      Never a dull moment here. :)

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  2. Wow, welcome duckies. Your going to like your new home!

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    1. It looks like they really appreciate it. They went into their shack for the night all by themselves.

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  3. That is so grand. We've had a few ducks and they are adorable. Now we just have the 11 chickens. But, 2 years ago,at the park where i walk, someone dropped off a black and white duck/goose? Very ugly but that's what he must be a Muscovy. I had no idea. he often hangs out alone, but I always check to see if he's still there. so now I know he's a Muscovy.

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    1. Hi Christina, thanks for visiting.
      Yes Muscovy ducks are ugly yet beautiful at the same time.

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    2. yes, totally. We're very attached to 'our ugly' duck. We check on him daily :)

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  4. Them birds they grow to size of turkeys and make a good alternative too plus being very tasty!

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    1. The boys are definitely giants. These ducks are not just for Christmas, but their offspring might well be.
      I prefer duck to turkey meat any day and these indeed give a lot of tasty meat.

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  5. Very nice and I'm sure they appreciate the sign. ☺ X

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    1. I hope they do. I worked very hard on that. ;)

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