Updated: May 21, 2021
We are on a new adventure of raising ducklings! They are all female ducks but different breeds. Douglas is a Buff duck and will grow up to be a beige color. Originally from England, this breed is breed is a cross between Rouen, Indian Runner, Aylesbury, and Cayuga ducks. They are calm, social, and intelligent by nature. Buff ducks lay between 180 to 245 large white eggs every year. They are considered a rare breed. Douglas was named by our daughter, Asia, after a stuffed animal duck she has had since she was three years old. The stuffed animal duck was purchased from The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. If you haven’t heard of this unique hotel, it’s worth reading up on and visiting! Whenever we visit Memphis, it is a must on our list of things to do! The hotel is home to the Peabody ducks. Each day, they march down (using the elevator) from the top of the hotel where their home is and go into the fountain in the lobby of the hotel, where they stay all day so visitors can come and see them! Our family lived in Memphis for about a year while our daughter, Asia, was treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for a recurrence of a rare childhood cancer. Visiting the ducks at the Peabody was an escape from our daily lives at the hospital. Today, our daughter is healthy and thriving (and of course she still has her stuffed animal duck named Douglas)!
Kalokari Selene is a Blue Swedish duck, a breed developed in Pomerania in 1835, a region now comprised of the coastal areas of Germany, Holland and Belgium. It is considered an endangered breed. Overall, they have a calm disposition. Once grown, a Blue Swedish duck will have slate-gray to blue feathering with a white bib. They lay between 100 and 180 white eggs per year, although some of their eggs can be gray, blue or green tinted. Kalokari was named by our daughter, Della, and her name means summer moon/luna and is also an island in Greece that was in the movie Mamma Mia, one of our daughters’ favorite movies.
Catalina Irena is a Jumbo Pekin duck. She is bright yellow right now but will grow up to be white in color. Jumbo Pekins were most likely developed in Southeast Asia and have been domesticated for over 2,000 years. They are friendly in nature, and they lay between 200 to 300 extra-large white eggs each year. Catalina was named by our daughter, Della, and her name means pure woman of peace and is also an island in California where our daughters love to visit.