Wednesday, May 4, 2016

When Ducks Attack (And it's your fault)

Ducks are not like other “pets.” They don’t jump up and lick your face like a dog that is happy to see you. They don’t snuggle on the couch next to you like your favorite cat. Now don’t get me wrong, they can be “friendly” in their own way. Ours know their names and come when called. The enjoy hanging out with you, if you have some mealworms.

But, from my experience, ducks are not huggers. They don’t liked to be picked up, even though we have raised all but one from a baby. And they most certainly do not like being chased. EVER. Not even if the person doing the chasing thinks they are playing a game that everyone involved is enjoying. Because trust me, Mr. Bill, our male duck, does NOT enjoy the chase game that the littlest country kid has recently started to play.

When spring sprang this year, the littlest country kid could not wait to get outside. And for some unknown reason, this year he decided Mr. Bill was going to be his buddy. He should have asked Mr. Bill instead of assuming, but hey, when you are four, if that duck is your friend, he is, whether he wants to be or not. It all started with a simple misunderstanding, one I actually had as a child too, that if you chase an animal and you turn around and run away and it follows, well you two are playing together! For me, it was a snake *smacks forehead* and for the littlest country kid, it is Mr. Bill.


But sadly, what the littlest country kid saw as a good time, was anything but. As you can see in the photo below, the littlest country kid is having a great time “playing” with his friend, but what he doesn’t see or understand is that when a duck puts its head low to the ground and chases you, he doesn’t want to tickle you…. Oh no…. He is out to whip your butt!


I tried to be a parent, I did, I swear! I told the littlest country kid a million times to leave the ducks alone, stop chasing them, that they did NOT like the “game.” But would he listen? Of course not, because when you’re four you know everything, right? So after talking myself blue in the face about proper duck etiquette, I grabbed my camera, sat back (while still warning him) and prepared for the final showdown, because I knew it was coming.

Now I will give Mr. Bill credit, he didn’t just attack the littlest country kid, he tried to warn him. Remember the head low to the ground? Well when that didn’t work, he had to up his actions and took down the littlest country kid with flying webbed feet of fury! Check out the amazing duck karate moves going on........


Now to Mr. Bill’s credit again, he didn’t attack the littlest country kid once he had him down, he just stood there staring at him. I imagine if I could talk duck it went a little something like this…… “Okay kid, enough is enough!” But the littlest country kid doesn’t speak duck, nor listen to his mama, or take a hint from an animal who has just knocked him down that maybe, just maybe, he should stop chasing the ducks.


To drive his point home, Mr. Bill did a big wing flap, and aka “I’m the man” behavior. But alas, that too was lost on the littlest country kid.


By this point, when the chasing began AGAIN, I kind of felt like it was pointless to keep telling him to stop. But being the good mom and animal keeper I am, I continued to try to stop the littlest country kid. I did however start to actually root for Mr. Bill to totally take the littlest country kid down and put him in his place. When talking, time outs, not being allowed outback to play and everything else I tried had failed, I was hoping Mr. Bill would drive home the point that you DON’T CHASE DUCKS. And ya know what? Mr. Bill finally snapped, and the fear that came over the littlest country kids face as he ran for his life……. Priceless!


Don’t get me wrong, I would save the littlest country kid should at any time Mr. Bill took it too far, but it was also funnier than heck to watch. Mr. Bill knocked him down on all fours, jumped on his back, ran up to his head and started biting and pulling his hair, before dismounting (and scratching) on his arm. Yup folks, a full can of duck whoop ass was opened!!!!


The littlest country kid had a few scratches on his arm, and a nice duck bite on the back of his leg when it was all over. Yes, ducks bite. They have serrated bills so when they bite, they wiggle their bill back and forth and it can leave a nasty mark.


I honestly believe the littlest country kid was more emotionally hurt then physically hurt. I mean in his little mind his best friend had just beat him up. He was so deeply sad. And I through we (Mr. Bill and I) had finally gotten through to him that ducks don’t like to be chased.


I felt so bad for him as he sat there crying. But, it was a realization that he needed to come to. Sometimes in life it takes a hard lesson to learn an important and valuable piece of information. And what had we learned? Ducks don’t like to be chased. He had no one to blame but himself for what happened. Mr. Bill felt threatened, was protecting his females, and just being a duck.

Now I would like to say the littlest country kid has learned his lesson, but days later he was right back to it. *sigh* He is bound and determined that Mr. Bill is going to be his best friend. I give up trying to make him stop. And I think Mr. Bill is giving up too. While he still chases the littlest country kid, Mr. Bill has also let his guard down and now the littlest country kid has taken to catching him and cuddling him.


Poor, poor Mr. Bill. It has even gone so far as him having to take rides with the littlest country kid. I just don’t get these two. One minute it is a knock down, drag out fight, the next they are headed to the store……


While Mr. Bill and the littlest country kid might be working things out, Mr. Bill is taking his frustrations out on everyone else now too. He has gone after the oldest country kid and even myself. Of course I don’t play games and told Mr. Bill if he ever tries to bite my leg again when my back is turned, I will just have to start hugging him every morning before I let him out for the day. What? It seems to be working for the littlest country kid! Maybe Mr. Bill would like a ride in my pickup truck…. Hmmm… Ducky road trip!!!


26 comments:

  1. This totally cheered me up! He's so cute! The littlest country kid is pretty adorable too, lol. Glad you shared the saga!

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    1. LOL Yeah, we have cute males of every species around here!

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  2. Didn't Mr. Bill attack you, early after his move to your place, because he saw your slippers as his competition? 😆

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    1. Why yes he did! LOL Ran right up my face and danced on my hair. But we have since become cordial to each other, well till he bit me the other day. Poor duck is all flustered!

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  3. Laughing! But, I'm glad you let the littlest learn in real life!

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    1. Hey, I could only tell him so many times till I guess he just needed to figure it out on his own. Which I still don't think he has! LOL

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  4. Too funny, Mindie. Too, too funny!

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    1. Hey when you try to stop a train wreak but the train wants to wreak, you just sit back and take photos. LOL

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  5. Why is it that kids fail, everytime, to hear our words of wisdom? I have now accepted that they will learn their life lessons the hard way....by chasing the rooster, that I told them not to and then getting attacked. Maybe one day they will realize I am a wise one lol.

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    1. By the time they realize we are wise, they will be parents themselves.... telling their children not to do something and then having to stand back and just watch it happen LOL

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  6. oh goodness...what a good sport! LOL :) Aww...

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. He was warned..... but he is determined Bill WILL be his friend LOL

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  7. I'm still laughing :) Thanks so much for that post! We are considering bringing ducks into our lives and this reminded me of the reality of having animals around lol

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    1. Our ducks are nice, the country kids just messed with them too much LOL

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  8. Aw, I like the picture at the end with him holding the duck. Great pictures! Thanks for hosting the blog hop once again!

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    1. I could only warn him so many times before I just had to sit back (with my camera) and let nature unfold! LOL

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  9. Such a fun post! Happy to hear that your son and the duck are now buddies. These pics will be great for when your son grows up.

    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project

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  10. Cute story and kids. Do your ducks leave home every year and return later, or do they stay with you all the time?

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    1. Our ducks our domesticated Rouens. They look like mallards but are much heavier. Basically they are so heavy they can only get a few feet off the ground LOL They aren't going anywhere. They really love our Michigan winters. It is so funny to watch them belly swim through the snow like penguins.

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  11. poor boy, love these pictures, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop

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    1. Poor boy nothing, he to this day is still chasing Bill. And he deserves every thing he gets in my opinion. LOL

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  12. That was so cute! It's hard to get kids not to chase the ducks. It just seems like so much fun! :)

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    1. Fun for him maybe but Mr. Bill is so fed up with it.

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  13. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don't forget to comment your link #'s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

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    1. Thanks for the pin! I love linking up with you all :)

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