Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Happy Birthday Pom Pom Tankman Duck
So some of you might know that one month ago, a mommy duck laid her eggs right out my front door; in my flowers. Needless to say, she regretted her choice of nesting places. While it might seem picturesque to lay your eggs amidst daisies and violas, the traffic was an issue. After a few days, mommy duck gave up and left her eggs to us.
We decided that while I “look as fertile as the Tennessee valley, my womb is a rocky place where [Todd’s] seed can find no purchase…” we might as well become adoptive parents to 8 duck eggs.
We invested in a duck womb…
…and diligently read many websites on how to incubate eggs. They must have a constant 99.5 F temp (no more! no less!) and must be turned every four hours. We tracked their progress by shining a flashlight through a small hole in a piece of cardboard and holding it up to the shell.
Unfortunately, we are amateurs. I’m not sure what went wrong, but only one duck made it out of fetus-hood.
On May 10, 2005, after exactly 28 days in the “womb”, one of the eggs started to *peep*. Here is the progression:
It starts as a little hole…
Then it gets a little bigger…
The Activity Day girls crowd around to watch…
A tiny beak appears as the duck makes cracks all the way around the shell…
The top pops off and a little wet duck comes out!
Kacy and her kids were present for the popping out. Amy Lynn and her kids arrived a little later.
We let Jake name him/her (we won’t know until puberty). Jake chose Pom Pom Tankman Duck Rhodes.
Pom Pom has a cool new “brood” with a clip on light to keep warm and lots of tasty food and water.
Pom Pom’s favorite place to be is in between my cardigan and my shirt. Pom Pom just climbed on up and that’s where he/she likes to hang out. That won’t last too long seeing as how Pom Pom’s digestive system will kick in soon and ducks do not have sphincters.
We’ll see what happens with Pom Pom. We want to get chickens, but we are not quite ready yet. We have a pond and lots of other ducks in our back yard so we hope that Pom Pom will grow up to be a good normal duck and live in the pond, but will come visit every once in a while.
Todd and I are happy to be parents to a duck. I won’t dress up Pom Pom or take Pom Pom for walks on a leash. I promise we won’t let it get too out of hand.
(We are registered at Target and PetSmart…and Tiffany & Co.)
Posted by Carrie Ann at 8:17 PM