Duck and Goose鵝鴨記

我們的鴨子和鵝一天一天地長大了,每天期盼著他們的蛋,但他們始終還不生蛋。跟他們相處過一段時間後,發現鴨子/鵝是很有趣的動物,也是天生的農夫好幫手。

我們有10只鴨,就只有1只鵝。我們常會想那鵝會不會很好奇自己跟其他同伴不一樣。我們的鵝不會追人的,我們常笑他說他應該是以為自己是鴨子。

怎麼說他們可是天生的農夫好幫手呢?鴨子是雜食動物,可以下肚子消化的東西他們都吃。當然草也是他們的愛食。他們的胃口可真大,吃的草可真多;尤其是鵝,他們絕對是超棒的天然除草師,比鴨子還厲害。當自由放牧時,你可以看到他們除了游泳,就是走來走去找東西吃。但是我們可要注意的是他們可能也會把農作物吃掉。

每天我們會餵養牠們麥粒、米糠、廚餘等等餵養牠們。除此之外,我們就放牧他們讓他們自己去找尋食物,他們愛吃水草、草、鴨草(duckweed)等等。他們的胃口可真大,無論你丟多少東西給他們,他麼都吃得下。有時他們會走到一灘水前,拼命地喝水,拼命地好像在啄東西吃,但我們走過去看他到底在啄著什麼,卻只看到一灘水,別無它樣。

鴨子可是群體動物,他們無論去到哪裡都結伴成群的。當鴨子結伴成群出遊時,鵝有時會顧著吃草而掉隊,當他驚覺其他鴨子不見時,他就會很緊張地邊叫邊跑著去找其他鴨子。他們對人類會有很大的戒心,不會主動接近人類,當人類靠近他們時他們會閃躲。但日子久後,他們比較敢接近我了,每當我拿著一包東西進他們的屋子時,他們都會粘過來,因為他們知道有東西吃了,哈哈。

除了吃,鴨子的最大愛好當然是游泳,時不時都會見他們在游泳,在清洗他們的身子(雖然身子已經很乾淨了)。他們雖愛游泳愛水,但並不是每時每刻他們都會下水。有句名詩說江暖鴨先知,我想鴨子只會在特定的氣溫/水溫下,才會下水吧。冷天時,他們不下水,大熱天時,他們也不下水。

有位朋友告訴我說,如果是有個人從小就開始帶著小鴨,小鴨會以為那人是鴨媽媽,有時會好像鴨媽媽帶著小鴨排排隊著跟那人走。

Happy to see that our duck and goose grow bigger and bigger everyday. After few week of , i found out that duck/goose was a funny animal.

We have 10 ducks and 1 goose, sometime we curious that if the goose will curious why he/she different from others. Our goose will not chase against peoples, maybe he/she think that he/she was a duck. But beware when you free-ranging them, they will eat your crop also. So, you need to train them so that they didn’t eat your crops.

Duck/goose was a good farmer’s friends as they help to eat the grass and insects in farm. Duck/goose have a big appetite, they was omnivorous animal. They eat whatever that can be digest by them:weed, aquatic, kitchen scrap,insects etc.  Goose was especially a good weed clearer. It can eat a lots of weed per day.

Duck/goose always goes in a group wherever they go. Sometime the goose will left off from the team as it too concentrate in eating the weed. And when it suddenly realise that it left off from the team, it will shout out and running to find its friends. (It’s very hard to write down how cute of it, you have to see the expression of the goose by yourself)

Although duck/goose was also a excellent swimmer, but they didnt swim all the time. Chinese poem say that duck will 1st feel the warm of the water and if you see the duck swimming in water, then it give the sign that summer is coming. So, i think the duck also only go in water when it’s warm.

Got a friend told me a funny thing about the duck. He say that if you are the one that take care of the baby duck, the baby duck will thought that you are their mother. And they will queue up and follow you as if mother duck bring the baby duck.

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4 Comments

  1. ccl

     /  June 1, 2010

    不知是不是鴨子們太年輕,還沒有蛋下。

  2. Mshy

     /  June 3, 2010

    現在有一隻開始下蛋了。他開始下蛋時,都不理他的蛋的,不像雞會孵蛋的,我看了很久很奇怪為什麼她總不孵蛋。結果上網找一找,很多資料顯示家鴨是不孵蛋的,人們通常都會拿家鴨蛋給雞孵的,真可愛。

  3. ccl

     /  June 3, 2010

    孵蛋機200多塊,以前海墘賣鳥的鳥店有賣,現在不知道。

  4. Mshy

     /  June 5, 2010

    我們比較希望自然孵出來的小鴨,自然孵及生長、有媽媽帶的小鴨會比較健康,生長率會比較高

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