Full Confession

I am either brilliant or an idiot.  You decide.  Recall my wonderful statement – “Google has shortened the life of curiosity” – I love that.  I believe that.

I made this statement because I’ve been waiting to determine the gender of my ducks.  My Swedish ducks.

So the other day I see my Swedish ducks go into the nesting box with the hens.  Hmm…which is laying and which is protecting?  Fluffy head or no-fluff head.  AKA Harry and Slim.  I watch for a long time considering my spring to do list.  No idea who is which.

I study the eggs.  They all look like hen eggs to me but I’ve never had ducks before so what do I know.

Two days later I decide enough of curiosity -let’s google it!

I type in Swedish Duck eggs.

I see Swedish Ducks.

They don’t look a bit like my ducks.

What the heck! (okay maybe that isn’t what I said!)

I abandon all curiosity and google fluffy headed ducks.

A fluffy headed duck is like a curly headed person.

Not defined by gender.

Their bottom half has nothing to do with the decoration on their brains!

Seems there is a fissure in the bone that allows feathers to pop out.

Not making a statement about curly-heads here – just about duck heads.

And Swedish Ducks have a white bib.

My ducks are Khaki Campbells.

I ordered Swedish Ducks.  I assumed I owned Swedish Ducks.

I own two male Swedish Ducks.

I’ve enjoyed my time of curiosity immensely – I imagine some one  that follows me has too.

Swedish Ducks


These ducks are careful creatures, with little to no defence mechanisms they have to be. They had gone outside to avoid my bustling around the barn. I held the camera and waited for their return to get this picture – I love their inquisitive looks.

These are Swedish Ducks.  I bought half a dozen in the fall.  Four became food, these two will hopefully have some ducklings this spring.  They are lovely birds.

I bought half a dozen of these ducks in the fall. Four became food, these two will hopefully produce more food. They are lovely birds. I am not sure which one is male and which one is female – I know ! I know ! I could Google it and find the answer but refuse to! I thought the fancy bird –  the fluff on the head (in this photo the one with the square head) was the male. Then I saw the plain duck mounting the fancy duck and using the fluff on the head as a handle to hold on. A wonderful feature! I’ll know for sure when/if one of them goes broody. Until then don’t tell me! I am enjoying my little barnyard mystery. Google has shortened Curiosity’s life hasn’t it?