About a year ago, a friend gave us one male and two female muscovy ducks. One of the females went missing the weekend I was away at the soap gathering.
Recently the other female made a nest in the yard, in a spot where five tree trunks meet.
She tries to stay hidden, but on one side she's fairly exposed.
Yep that's poison ivy.
A glimpse of the eggs. She laid seven of them and then started sitting.
I've been hoping that
1) no coyote or other critter will eat her,
2) the eggs will successfully hatch,
3) at least a few of the eggs will be pure muscovies instead of muscovy-runner hybrids,
4) at least a couple of the pure muscovies will be females.
That's a lot to hope for. But the friend who gave us the ducks has only males left (a predator got the others), and would like some females back, if we can produce any.
So imagine my disappointment yesterday when I found that something had eaten half the eggs.
Guess who was caught red-handed.
Bad dog! Very very very bad dog!
On today's to-do list: fencing.