Posts Tagged ‘muscovy duck’

by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

Friend or foe?

April 14th, 2009

Aaah, springtime! There are so many great things that happen in the spring: beautiful flowers come into bloom, the trees are full of bright green buds, temperatures are perfect for outside adventures, baby animals are in abundance, and suddenly every living thing seems rejuvenated!

And those changes in activity and behavior also apply to the museum animals. Wendy the woodchuck has come out of hibernation and is starting to climb around her exhibit and run around the support hall again. Our bears have become more active and are eating, swimming and wrestling more. Some of our snakes are starting to eat more, as well. For some of our farmyard animals such as Max the steer and Chummy the goat, spring has brought about more rambunctious and playful behavior than normal. But for our farmyard birds such as Ozzie the turkey and Scout the duck, spring takes on a different meaning: it’s time to find a mate!

Being that they are both males, this time of year means that they become more aggressive because in the wild they would have to ward off other males from any prospective females. Unfortunately, the animal keepers tend to take the place of the “other males”, so we get the brunt of it (but, hey, it’s just part of the job)! For turkey, it also means that he starts to display his beautiful feathers for anyone that will watch! He will puff his feathers up and make himself look bigger than he actually is, and then lightly drag his wing feathers across the ground as he walks to make lines in the dirt. However, turkey does not have any other male or female turkeys to display to. So, of course, he instead has been displaying to none other than… duck!

The keepers have been amused for the last week or so when we get a chance to watch turkey come out of his enclosure in the morning and walk around the farmyard, and the first thing he does is go over to duck’s fence and start displaying for him. Of course, it’s impossible for us to know if he’s telling duck that he is the “head honcho male”, or if it is a confused effort to woo the water fowl, but either way it’s kind of funny! Below is a video that Kristen took a while back of turkey displaying around the farmyard. Take a look!

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

The tale of the pig and the duck

September 8th, 2008

Once upon a time there was a pig that lived at the town’s local museum. His home was in a farmyard and he had neighbors such as sheep and goats that lived there, too. Pig lived with his good friend Goose, but one day she passed away of old age. Pig became confused by not having Goose with him anymore, so Pig’s caretakers decided he needed a new bird companion. They decided on a muscovy duck, so they went and got a little muscovy duck egg. The caretakers kept the duck egg warm and safe until finally one day the egg hatched and out came a tiny yellow duckling!


When the fluffy little duckling was big enough, he and Pig were introduced. “This is your new home, ducky,” said the caretakers, and the little duckling splashed around in his new pool! “This is your new companion, Pig,” said the caretakers, and Pig walked over to check out the little yellow ball of feathers. They became fast friends, and soon the little ducky was following Pig everywhere around the farmyard and introducing himself to the neighbors.

Time went by, and eventually the little duckling was a big adult duck. Pig and Duck spent most of their time hanging out together, and even slept in the same stall together. But as Duck got older, he became a bit grumpy. He wasn’t as easy to get along with as he was when he was younger. Pig was getting older, too, and wasn’t willing to tolerate Duck’s grumpiness. Eventually, Pig and Duck started quarreling, and the caretakers were worried about Duck’s safety since he was much smaller than Pig. The only solution was to separate them, because they didn’t seem to want each other’s company anymore.

So the caretakers set out to build Duck his own home. They worked on his new yard for weeks and were able to give him a bigger deeper pool than before. When the caretakers were finally finished, Duck moved in to his new home. Then Pig and Duck both had their own space and the caretakers lived happily ever after knowing they had helped them!

The End.

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  1. Yea! A fairy tale that doesn’t include a wolf as the bad guy!

    Posted by kristen
  2. I love a happy ending. The new yard looks great!

    Posted by Leslie
  3. Ahhh my kids were wondering why the duck was no longer with the pig.Now I have a nice story to tell them. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted by viridari
  4. Thanks viridari, I hope your kids enjoy it!

    Posted by Marilyn
  5. But now the pig is alone again! So is he going to get another duck? or goose? Does the pig want another companion, or is he fed up (or just cranky) after the last one?

    Posted by Anonymous
  6. Thanks for your questions, Anonymous. We do not have current plans to get Pig a new companion because he is doing well by himself. Originally, we replaced his old companion, Goose, because he seemed disoriented after she passed away. However, pig has not shown any signs of having problems living on his own at this time. We will continue to monitor his behavior, as we do all of our animals, to keep track of any changes he may need in the future.

    Posted by Marilyn

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