One Happy Duck
Hello, I don't know if you remember me or not.
I'm a college freshman, and back in January I ordered a single duck egg from
You were nice enough to send me an egg, and the incubator I built myself. I
have 4 other little brothers and sisters, so the egg was being turned and
watched and kept quite humid all the time.
I would check it under candlelight every now and again to see if I could
see any development, and even though I was sure I did, none of my siblings
(or my parents) would believe me. So you can imagine their shock when I came
down one morning to check on my little baby and saw a tiny beak sticking out
of the egg. He was very slow in hatching, but I stayed with him all day and
talked to him through the egg. But still, it wasn't until very early the next
morning that he was completely free from the egg. I moved him down into the
heated area I had prepared for him and within just a few hours he was a cute
little ball of fluff.
We named my duck Dudly, or just Dud for short because my family were all
convinced that he would never hatch. He has grown a lot since February, and
he has become just like a member of the family. He just loves to sit with us
at night after school and watch the TV. He gets along well with all the other
pets in the household (and there are a lot!). Even our Bassethound Vinnie
likes him, the two of them go for walks together through the neighbors yards
when it's nice out. But the best part is, he's a better watchdog then our
real dog! He parades back in forth in front of my house for hours at a time,
and if anyone walks past or tries to come up to the porch he leaps at them
and runs around their feet quacking and pecking. He's very protective of his
yard, and his family, and the neighbors get a real kick out of it.
He's also helped us out in other ways, I videotaped his hatching, and the
first few months of his life, and my sister who is in the 4th grade, used my
tape as the topic of her science fair topic and won 2nd prize. Also, when my
neighbors came home with 9 baby ducklings that they had found abandoned on
the beach, the insight that gained from raising Dud really helped me to help
them. The babies all thrived and have since been re-released into the wild.
Dud is just an awesome pet, but we keep him free so he can roam as he
wants too. I live right across the way from a lake where a lot of other ducks
spend the summer, and when he felt like it he would waddle his way over there
and splash around with them. But he would always come back as soon as he saw
us in our yard and want to cuddle on our laps, or nestle down for a nap in
the garden. We were thinking that he might have wanted to fly south with the
other ducks, but so far he is fine staying just where he is. He has a house
built for him out in my yard to keep him warm, but he knows he can always
just come inside if he wants too.
He has just been such a fantastic pet and I really want to thank you for
making it possible. I have included a picture of him so you can see him for
yourself. (My vet says we spoil him and he's still a little overweight!)
Thanks again for your great service, you've given my family a wonderful