When You Don't Have Anything to Do on a Friday Night So You Buy Ducks


You know how sometimes you just need to get out of the house on a Friday night? But you have a toddler that you have to bring with you and a teenager to pick up from a friend's house in a couple hours. And you don't want to eat out again because that's what you always do when you find yourself in this situation. So you say to your husband, "Hey... why don't we go to the Tractor Supply store?"

What? Just me?

Anyway, you're thinking up grand plans for this year's garden and you wander the aisles collecting ideas and odd things like a plastic owl and a seed starter kit and ducks.


What? Just me again? You people need to learn to live it up.

Well, that's what happened and that's why we now have two ducks living in a giant storage tub in our master bathroom.

Why are they in the bathroom? To keep them safe from the cat, of course. He was all a-purr when we brought home a chirping box.

The ducks have to stay under a heat lamp until their feathers come in (right now, they are still fluffy yellow), which gives us time to set up some sort of outdoor coop for them.


In the meantime, we are playing with them several times a day. We've read that ducks imprint on people and we want them to get used to us.

And yes, we've named them. Squackers earned his name when he chirped nearly non-stop through the store and all the way home. Then when we pulled the ducklings out of the box, the other one climbed me and nipped at the button on my shirt. "I think his name is Buttons," my husband proclaimed. And so it was.

Now I introduce Squackers and Buttons to you. Expect gratuitous duck pictures.




  1. Love the duck pictures. Any chance of embedding a little video of the babies? I love how Jonas is so engaged with them. What a great learning experience for him!

  2. This made my day. More photos of Squackers and Buttons, please! Too cute!

  3. That's my kind of evening! We went out for dinner once and came home with a guinea pig. And the Tractor Supply Store is one of my favorites.

    We have a local store I bet you would love that has farm supplies, shoes, women's outdoor fashions, kitchen gadgets, guns, ammo, and gourmet chocolate under the same roof. We end up there on almost all of our dates. All the best to Squackers and Buttons. :)

  4. This ducky duo is so incredibly cute. I second Laird's request . . . more photos, please.

  5. That is so cool and they are adorable. I would love to have ducks!

  6. I would totally go to the tractor supply store on a Friday evening. In fact, I've spent many a weekend evening at places like Home Depot and the hardware store, wandering the aisles and coming home with a random assortment of things.

    But never ducklings.

    I am ridiculously fearful of all fowl but those little fellas are adorable. If they stayed that small, I think I could be convinced to get one. :)

  7. When my son first left home, he bought a baby chick. It imprinted on him and followed him everywhere when he was home. The chick grew up to be a chicken and lived in a coop (with heat lamp) in the backyard. Eventually, my son moved to an apartment (which was not chicken-friendly) so he gave the chicken to hands-on farm/petting zoo for kids and their families.
    I think your ducklings are beautiful!

  8. This is precisely the reason I am not allowed to go to the local farm and tractor supply. Or the feed store. Or anywhere else I might encounter something helpless and adorable that my husband will have to care for when I'm out of town on business.

    Make that "something else." He already has to deal with the seahorses.

  9. Love the ducks!
    We had a spontaneous eruption of chickens one time. They were a whole lot of fun.

  10. When I was about 4 a neighbor gave me two ducklings for Easter (withh the OK from my folks). One died, the other imprinted on our pit bull, who became a somewhat confused but very patient surrogate father. Alexander followed the dog and me everywhere, quacking and making all kinds of weird duck sounds. loved that goofy duck. When fall came the neighbor took him back to live with the other ducks on his farm. To me, chickens go from cute and fuzzy to ugly, but ducks go from cute and fuzzy to big and cute. More duck pictures!

  11. They are so cute! Now I want ducks. What an awesome learning experience for your son. :-)

  12. I definitely need to work on video of these little guys (or girls?).

  13. Sounds like a wonderful store! Now that you mention it, I do need a plan for tonight... it's Friday again.

  14. Home Depot is another place we spend quite a bit of time- it's one of my husband's favorites.

  15. So sweet! I bet a lot of kids loved meeting that duck.

  16. Oh my goodness! Seahorses?!?! That is very cool. I understand why you stay away from places with cute little critters.

  17. Chickens... my husband tried to convince me that if we were going to raise ducklings, we may as well grab some chicks while we were there so we could get eggs. I wasn't ready for that many birds, but I can see how it might be fun.

  18. That is adorable! I hope you have pictures of the duck and the dog. That dog must have been confused but loving the attention nonetheless.

  19. Thank you! I hope it will be a good learning experience. He asks to go see them now: "Ducks? Upstairs?" Then he waits by the staircase.

  20. I'm more of a cat person than a duck person, but those ducks are fluffy and awesome :)

  21. Jonas must really like ducks! LOL! They are so cute.

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