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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then is a video worth a million?

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sit in the bottom of a feed tub:


Whisky loves to be vacuumed:


Lazy summer days:


Bernard, the Energizer Bunny of Morning Bray Farm:


Baby duck bath time:


Bernard and Ellsworth demonstrate what being content looks like:


Coyotes heard at Morning Bray Farm:

 

What happens when the doorbell rings at your house? Here’s what happens at ours:

 

Fergus the goose herder:

 

Enzi playing “Hubba” with Don:


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Up until Monday, we were referring to Izzy and her brood as “Izzy and the kids.” On Monday evening, after making what was for us a very difficult decision, Don took Izzy’s two boys (drakes) to a new home. I never figured it would be so hard and that I’d feel so bad seeing them leave Morning Bray Farm.

Izzy wasn’t happy about seeing the boys go either, but she still has her girls.

They’ll be nine weeks old on Sunday and they’re still growing like weeds.

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Izzy’s ducklings will be five weeks old on Sunday.

I swear they grow bigger with every breath they take.

Their feetsies are getting ginormous and they’re already sprouting feathers.

We haven’t named any of them yet, but one still looks like Izzy Junior.

Izzy loves her babies.

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Izzy became a mother for the first time on Sunday.

She’s a very protective mom and is doing a great job with her five babies. One duckling in particular is a carbon copy of Izzy as a wee babe. Recognize the Izzy smile?

Izzy as a wee duckling:

Everyone hatched out just fine, but Don thought it best to give duckling #4 a bit of help since it was taking an extremely long time to break out:

Interestingly, Izzy was completely okay with the help.

Everyone is doing just fine now:

Eating and drinking and frolicking… even if never far from Izzy:

Meanwhile, Emmy is sitting on 13 eggs, which we expect to hatch next week. 

It’s a good thing we love little baby ducks.

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I haven’t done Saturday Parts or Saturday Stuff in a long time, so I figure now’s as good a time as any to share pictures that I don’t know what to do with or don’t fit in a post of their own.

The ducklings. Back when innocence ruled and they all sought each other out for comfort. I think this photo was probably taken sometime in June of last year:


This jack used to live on the other side of the alfalfa pasture behind Morning Bray Farm:

Sadly, he was alone and brayed a lot, especially after Gracie came to live with us. We called him the “donkey in the distance” or DITD (Diddy). Later, because we believe that all donkeys deserve dignified names, we named him Eugene and called him E. Diddy. We walked to visit with him and give him scritches every weekend. He’s gone now; we don’t know what happened to him.

And last for this week, a nest in our barn. I’ve never seen a “sideways nest” and am wondering what kind of bird this might belong to. Sparrows, maybe?

Guess who’s broody?

For a week now, Izzy has been sitting on a beautiful nest. With the exception of a few minutes each day when she gets up to take care of things, she refuses to budge.

She has plenty to say when we enter her stall to remove her daily egg:

We’re not ready for ducklings yet, so we’re letting her sit, but not letting her keep her eggs:

She does, however, have a fake wooden egg that she’s taking very good care of:

broody

1510s, “apt to breed,” from brood (q.v.). Figuratively, of persons, from 1851. Also, in modern use, sometimes “full of maternal yearning.”
 
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Every now and then, I look out the front door to see something like this:

Oliver loves to nuzzle his bill into the crook of Izzy’s neck:

Beautiful Izzy still looks like she’s always smiling:

They make a very cute couple:

They’re our Morning Bray Farm lovebirds:

Love, love, love.

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