You Can Teach An Old Chook New Tricks

A couple of days ago we acquired a new addition to the family – a young white Muscovy drake whom I call Paddy.

Frappe the hen was most interested in the new arrival, and every few hours would clamber on to an old tyre so that she could tower over him, and check him out. They are not friends yet but one can sense that they will be.

Muscovy ducks love to groom themselves, they need it as part of their waterproofing, but they get a lot of enjoyment out of it at the same time. I think it’s a male thing as the females do far less of it.

Chooks on the other hand, are not known for their sartorial elegance. A hen will throw herself down to the dusty ground, toss dirt all over herself and consider herself well-groomed for any occasion.

Frappe however has decided that there must be something to this preening business if Paddy enjoys it so much.
The two of them are outside in the middle of the yard in the rain (chooks hate rain) and both are patiently grooming themselves in unison.

It’s like looking at a mirror image although with a red hen and a white drake.

It really does have to be seen to be believed.


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