Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Animal Tales - 22

Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Friday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts. 

Ducklings Due

As I type this I am like an expectant father as Hilda's ducklings are due around today.  It's always a nervous time as the energy needed for a duckling to get out of the egg is huge, assuming they have made it though to maturity in the first place.  She is sitting on 8 eggs so hopefully very soon we'll know of any fluffy yellow ducklings will be gracing the fields of Eco-Gites of Lenault.

In comparison the 2 bantams (who are surrogate mothers on nests of duck eggs) and Hettie have a couple of weeks of sitting still to do.  I am not sure Hettie is going to succeed as she was off the nest for along time yesterday. We also think we have a rat or two as eggs are going missing. We have set a trap and are hopeful we can catch any that have taken up residence.  

Don't forget our Pinterest Board

If you are on Pinterest don't forget that Animal Tales has it's own group board which you can join:  https://www.pinterest.com/ecogiteslenault/ and details of how you can join can be found on Animal Tales 21.  Please do ask away if you have any questions - I am only just getting my head round Pinterest but if used properly it can be a very useful tool to drive traffic back to your blog.


There were some great tales on Animal Tales last week and two (yes TWO) hippos.  I am very fond of hippos and so really enjoyed seeing them on Chicken Ruby's blog about the Kruger National Park and Patrick's trip to San Francisco Zoo. I also loved Travel with Intent's story of Kaspar the Cat at the Savoy Hotel in London, as it's a great story and my grandparents were married in the Chapel of the Savoy Hotel back in the 20's.

So over to you now.  Feel free to come and add your animal related posts to the linky below.  The posts can be old or new and as varied as the animals who we share our world with. If you tweet with the hashtag #AnimalTales I'll retweet you.  Just give me a nudge if I appear to have forgotten you.

Full details of the linky can be found here but can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":

  • Please can you comment on at least 2 other blogs linked up - that is, after all the whole purpose of joining a linky to find and comment on more blogs and hopefully drive traffic back to your blog.
  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to this blog.
  • Can I remind people not to add sponsored posts or paid-for reviews.  Eco-Gites of Lenault has no advertising on it and I am not comfortable promoting products or companies I know nothing about.


  1. The duckling excitement is building!

  2. I made it!! :-D
    How cute are those ducklings! I'll have to shot Miss 4 this pic - she'd love it.
    Thanks for hosting.

  3. Ducks are so fickle and their young so vulnerable. We had ducklings last month on the lake that were never seen again, I'm hoping they aren't the last. Our Goose is sitting but it's all rather shambolic and I'm not at all convinced it will come to anything! Better luck with your new season ducklings.

    1. This year has been very odd with ducks not sitting and bantams taking over so we will jut have to see what happens.

  4. Yay! I linked up this week! :D I love this linky.
    The ducklings are SO cute, bless.


  5. Hi Rosie, how exciting! I'd be popping out surreptitiously peeping at the nest whenever I got a chance! There was a hen down the road a few weeks back with what looked like a huge brood of chicks, it took all my willpower not to pick them up and bring them home.

    I hope Hetties eggs hatch, hopefully it's warm enough for her to have been off them for a while. Rats are buggers, we are sure the broke down a swallows nest a couple of years a go and ate the chicks. I saw the first rat in over a year beside our wood pile (and it wasn't small), we have only been catless for a few days!


    1. Hilda doesn't like me looking at all and I end up getting pecked so I will have to wait to hopefully see a beak peeking out from under her wing very soon.

  6. Here's hoping for duckling success :) Be back after walkies to visit the other links, I've already spotted another Stella! X

  7. how many ducks hatched? and thank you for the mention