I’m beginning to understand our ducks different quacks and peeps, and today as the rain started to fall, I heard the sounds of delight coming from them…first in a faint peep, then in a loud quack. My bedroom door goes out directly into the courtyard so as I peeked out, I could see them all fully extended with their wing nubs flapping and trying to catch the rain drops in their mouths. Now they may love the rain, but as someone who has seen some major lightening around New Mexico, everyone knows you don’t hang out in the rain or even in a kiddie pool during a thunder and lightening storm. Of course the ducks haven’t gotten the memo on that one, so of course we as their care takers must make sure they are kept safe, secure, dry and out of harms way. Whenever I hear thunder I worry about them. Out here just because there is thunder, doesn’t mean there will be rain coming. We can get lightening, but again, it doesn’t mean the rain will drop. Ducks just naturally gravitate towards water, and while I would have loved to just sit and enjoy the storm, I needed to round the ducks up and get them into their house. That isn’t an easy task since they just wanted to hang out and socialize in the pool. The sound of the thunder didn’t bother them…the sound of the lightening didn’t phase them…me following them around the duck house over and over in the pouring rain got them all nuts! It got me nuts too! It took about 15 minutes to get them into the duck house, and I tell you what, they protested all the way in! They did not want to be in that house one bit, regardless of how many flies they get to eat. I can’t imagine what I’ll do or what kind of contraption I’ll come up with to get them out of the pond when its raining.
Anyone that has ducks…what do you do? Leave a comment and let me know if you risk them getting fried by lightening, or if you spend hours in the rain, mud and duck crap, slipping and sliding to get them out. LOL

The picture is of the duck pen on our back courtyard. We have a sunsail up for the ducks which was catching a LOT of water in a very short period of time.