Interesting Facts About The ?Boys
Originally published on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
Happy Tuesday, Duck Friends! For today’s blog post, I thought I would share some details about the boys so you could tell them apart a little easier. If you have any questions or comments, please send them in! We would love to hear from you! ?
- Q was hatched in the second week of September 2017. He was raised by a duck momma and was the largest of all his siblings.
- He was named after Q from Star Trek because he is a mischievous duck. He is also called Q Duck or Little Goo Duck.
- At the age of 2 months, Q was badly injured. It is suspected he was hit by a riding lawnmower based on where he was found. He is disabled and has a strong will to live. Aside from his inability to use his right leg and a moderate amount of scoliosis, he is healthy and not in pain. We are doing physical therapy with him to get him ready to use his duck wheelchair. Stay tuned for updates on his progress. ?
- Q’s growth was stunted by his severe injury. He weighs 6 pounds and will likely not grow any larger. Q is the size of a female Muscovy. He even looks like a female Muscovy since his caruncles are minimized, giving him a very unique look. His voice is male and he was confirmed male with a DNA test.
- Q is a pied Muscovy. He is mainly black with white feathers on his head, chest and wing tips.
- He loves riding in cars and listening to music. (Oddly enough, one of his favorite bands happens to be another Q: the band Queen.)
- Q pays a lot of attention to television and movies, unlike Gabby, and was a big fan of Game of Thrones.
- He has a very restrictive palate and will reject most food that is offered to him, except Mazuri Waterfowl Starter, scrambled eggs, dried corn, Omaha Steaks brand of Apple Tartlet, and croissant. (Those last three are only used as snack food on occasion.) He makes it pretty clear when he doesn’t want to eat what we offer him… I have seen him toss food onto the floor or across the room to let me know what he really thinks. He is still very interested in anything we are eating and will switch to “cute duck face” just in case it turns out to be something he likes.
- Q spends a lot of time with me. But if I am not at the house during the daytime, our dog Diogi keeps him company.
- Q has been to 14 states in the US and prefers Marriott properties. ?
- His tail feathers are impressive!
- Gabby was hatched in the second week of January 2018, so he is currently a little over a year-and-a-half. I am told Muscovy ducks can live for 12-15 years “in captivity”, but am hoping for a nice, long quality life for both of these boys. I’ll gladly care for them 20 years or more!
- He got his name because he was (and still is) a chatterbox. He also goes by Gabbs, The Gabbster, or Big Goo Duck.
- There was a chance that Gabby could have been a girl and Q would have had a female companion. Q was not so lucky! Gabby is a brother from another mother (and father) who provides competition for our attention. ?
- Gabby was a black-feathered Muscovy with black and red caruncles for this first adult feathering. For this second year, he has had quite a few white feathers come in, especially on his wings. Now he is considered a pied Muscovy.
- Gabby is 4 months younger than Q but is 3 pounds heavier, at 9 pounds.
- He has very big feet. Big feet will be useful if he continues to grow (male Muscovies can get up to 15 pounds and females can get up to 7 pounds).
- He likes to perch on the edge of his play pen. Muscovies are perching ducks, so this is not surprising, and he figured it out by instinct because we sure didn’t show him how to do that. ?
- Gabby taught himself how to fly and had a lot of freedom around our neighborhood until he got a little too attracted to human females. Since I ended up raising him, he is imprinted on me, and he thinks he is human instead of duck. It is safer for him to have his flight feathers trimmed to keep him from escaping our duck yard and getting into trouble.
- He typically spends his days out in the duck yard between sunrise and sunset. We bring him inside the house so he is safe from nighttime predators like raccoons. If he knocks on the French doors during the day, I usually let him come in early.
- Gabby is not a picky eater and will eat just about anything. This includes insects and worms. His favorite thing to eat though is our food. He will not so subtly let us know we should be sharing our food with him.
- The Gabbster also thinks he owns our kitchen counter. He will jump up onto it, strut around, and play with the yellow sponge next to the sink no matter how many times I remove him and tell him “no”.